2016 bids farewell to one of our longest serving KwaZulu-Natal mentors, Ms Nomvuzo Kiviet. Fondly known as Kiviet, she retires at the end of this year to look after her health and to spend quality time with her loved ones.
Kiviet joined Edupeg in early 2006 with 36 years of teaching experience behind her, and a passion for supporting teachers and learners alike. With her humble and soft temperament, it wasn’t long before she became a respected mentor in her schools, giving teachers gentle, yet effective, support in their classroom environments, and encouraging and supporting learners to do their best.
She is loved by all the schools she supports and we know that they will miss seeing her friendly face and receiving the knowledge and skills she readily parts with. Her legacy will remain with all the teachers who were inspired by her to teach to the best of their abilities and continue to grow and who learned much from her about how to achieve this. She has been described by teachers as very supportive, caring and approachable at all times, nurturing a love of mathematics in both teachers and learners, and offering help with both teaching methods and understanding mathematics. She would also often demonstrate how to teach a particular concept, but more than that, her warm and sparkling manner shone through, which brought all the learners on board – and they loved her!
Kiviet has always shown great commitment and loyalty to the project, adapting herself to transformation and excitedly growing with the knowledge shared with her. She has a strong willingness to go the extra mile, even when at times it meant literally walking in rough terrain to get to her schools because bad weather had made car travel impossible. In all the years of working at Edupeg, Kiviet never complained or expressed a grievance when having to endure harsh weather, school strikes or other challenges faced when visiting schools. She remained strong and resilient, and determined to do her job to the best of her ability.
Kiviet with the Intermediate Phase mentors Kiviet in the middle with the KZN team
Her chuckle, her warmth and her special hugs will be sincerely missed by all of us, and it is with immense gratitude for what she has contributed that we wish her all the best for her retirement.