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These beautifully crafted Memoirs reveal to us the journey of life, through childhood and adulthood, of a man who has been sincerely committed to all he undertook. As a teacher and lecturer, a community development worker, an author and devoted Catholic, with his wife and family by his side, he has given himself unreservedly in the service of others. Alongside his reflections about his personal journey, we gain insights into the history and political changes in Lesotho and South Africa, and the evolution of the Catholic Church in that context. Whether interested in what shapes a person's character and how he lives out the values with which he is imbued, or in the transition of South Africa from apartheid to freedom and Lesotho from protectorate to constitutional monarchy, readers will find these Memoirs elucidating and rewarding. Dr Vincent Mhlakaza has already published several collections of short stories (Lekomo, 1992, Seotlong, 1994, Tikamotse, 1999) and Lipale le Litšomo tsa Andersen (2010), a translation of 12 of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (2016) is a collection of hymns, offered in several South African languages, with tonic sol-fa notation. He has received two first prize literary awards, in 1993 for Lekomo and in 1999 for Tikamotse. A novel, Rapitso, remains unpublished (Sarah Westcott, Oxford, UK).


Chapter 1: Education Development In South Africa 1950-2019

Chapter 2: . Education Development In Lesotho Since 1966  

Chapter 3: Republic of South Africa & Lesotho From The Times Of King Moshoeshe

Chapter 4: Birth and Early Childhood

Chapter 5: A Boy of Extremes

Chapter 6: Modernity Vs Traditional Life Of The Bantu

Chapter 7: Migrating Here and There: Time Of Conversion

Chapter 8: Career as an Educator

Chapter 9: A Community Worker

Chapter 10: A Family Man and a Lay-Churchman

Chapter 11: A Fiction Writer

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Mhlakaza in the Changing Southern Africa Vincent Aarone Mhlakaza
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MhlakazaAfrica
These beautifully crafted Memoirs reveal to us the journey of life, An Account of A Period of Upheavals (1935-2020)
through childhood and adulthood, of a man who has been sincerely The Memoirs of Dr V A Mhlakaza
committed to all he undertook. As a teacher and lecturer, a community
development worker, an author and devoted Catholic, with his wife and
family by his side, he has given himself unreservedly in the service
of others. Alongside his reflections about his personal journey, we
gain insights into the history and political changes in Lesotho and
South Africa, and the evolution of the Catholic Church in that context.
Whether interested in what shapes a person’s character and how he
lives out the values with which he is imbued, or in the transition of
South Africa from apartheid to freedom and Lesotho from protectorate
to constitutional monarchy, readers will fi nd these Memoirs elucidating
and rewarding. Dr Vincent Mhlakaza has already published several
collections of short stories (Lekomo, 1992, Seotlong, 1994, Tikamotse,
1999) and Lipale le Litšomo tsa Andersen (2010), a translation of 12 of
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (2016)
is a collection of hymns, offered in several South African languages,
with tonic sol-fa notation. He has received two fi rst prize literary
awards, in 1993 for Lekomo and in 1999 for Tikamotse. A novel,
Rapitso, remains unpublished (Sarah Westcott, Oxford, UK).
Vincent A Mhlakaza has been a remarkable fi gure in a
great period of transition and development in Southern Africa, and
particularly in Lesotho (Kurt Johannesen Copenhagen, Denmark).
Langaa Research & Publishing
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Vincent Aarone Mhlakaza

Mhlakaza in the Changing
Southern Africa:
An Account of A Period of
Upheavals (1935-2020)
The Memoirs of Dr V A Mhlakaza






Vincent Aarone Mhlakaza














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ISBN-10: 9956-552-26-7
ISBN-13: 978-9956-552-26-9

© Vincent A Mhlakaza 2021




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Acknowledgments


I may contend that in our short earthly life there’s no greater blessing
than to be encircled by people who steadfastly wish you well, inspire
you and watch over your steps lest you stumble and fall. One such
person is Sir Kurt Johannesen of Copenhagen. We have known each
other since mid-1980s. He left no stone unturned in the search for
the publisher of this book. Furthermore, I harnessed his expertise as
a statistician for the assembling and displaying of data on education
development as professionally as can be seen in chapters one and
two. My profound thanks to him.
The second person I owe a particular debt of gratitude to is Sarah
Westcott of Oxford in England. If dear reader, you will not find
morphological or typing errors in this work, know it is due to the
interventions of this kind lady. At one stage she even flew from
England to South Africa to help straighten all aspects of this book
including home editing and proof reading, enabling me to benefit
from her intuitions of a native speaker of English. I also owe all the
pictures found in this book to her camera, and her technical skills in
photography. Indeed, a big bundle of thanks to her.
Table of Contents



Acknowledgements .............................................................. iii

Preamble ............................................................................... vii

Book Summary ..... ix

Chapter 1: Education Development
In South Africa 1950-2019 ..................................................... 1

Chapter 2: . Education Development
In Lesotho Since 1966 ........................... 5

Chapter 3: Republic of South Africa
& Lesotho From The Times
Of King Moshoeshe ............................................................. 11

Chapter 4: Birth and Early Childhood ................................. 33

Chapter 5: A Boy of Extremes .............. 47

Chapter 6: Modernity Vs Traditional
Life Of The Bantu ................................................................ 61

Chapter 7: Migrating Here and There:
Time Of Conversion ............................. 69

Chapter 8: Career as an Educator ........................................ 93

Chapter 9: A Community Worker ........ 133

Chapter 10: A Family Man and a Lay-Churchman .............. 161

Chapter 11: A Fiction Writer ................................................. 177



v Preamble


As I unwind the thread of the story of my life, I am amazed to realise
how I became a participant in, or an eyewitness to, some of the great
events in the Republic of South Africa and Lesotho, from the year of
my birth in 1935 until the present day in the year of the Lord 2021.
Indeed, I would not be exaggerating to describe some of these events
as upheavals in the domains of history, politics, Christian religion, the
educational system and economic advancement in our region of
Southern Africa. Perhaps, for your interest and anticipation, I should
mention just a handful of these great events between 1935 and 2020,
the period covered in this book:

• The rise to power of the Nationalist Party in South
Africa leading to the germination of the seeds of apartheid in
1948
• The formation of the republic of South Africa in
1961 which polarised the Black-White relations in this land
• The independence of Lesotho from Great Britain in
1966
• The papal visit to Lesotho in 1988
• The fall of apartheid in 1994

These memoirs are written partly in the chronological order of my
growth from infancy to adulthood and partly built around the most
important streams of my life, namely involvement in the work of an
educator, community development efforts, the church work and
finally fiction writing. Well, here and there, buffeted by my wild
enthusiasm, I find myself out of bounds, discussing the Thaba Bosiu
magic of King Moshoeshoe I of old and the Great Boer Trek, stories
I have only read from history books or were told by other people.
The latter and the like would not have influenced my life directly, it
is obvious.
And, of course, the story of both my family of origin and that of
procreation has been told. The family is where all things begin and
end; the alpha and the omega, so to speak. Whereas I take pride of
being a son of a Zulu father, I boast of being a Sesotho writer, the
language I sucked from the breast of my mother of the revered

vi Bataung tribe of Basotho. Would it be profuse self-praise to say, I
could not have been a tougher hybrid of the human species? At least
in the sense of the Bantu peoples of Southern Africa. I then entered
into the matrimonial union with Alphoncina, a woman of the
Bakhatla clan. The Bakhatla who in former times were dreaded as
cannibals! The great Moshoshoe is quoted as saying on one solemn
occasion, “giving a death penalty to the cannibals who caught and ate
my grandfather, Peete, would be tantamount to desecrating the grave
of my grandfather.” I then leave to the reader to imagine what sort
of offspring Alphoncina and I have brought into this world.
In the first chapter of this work, statistical and other data are given
to show the impressive developments in the political area, and in
particular in my cherished educational field, in the Republic of South
Africa and Lesotho. While the great political events occur as the great
game changers - World War II, Nelson Mandela's imprisonment
during the dark days of apartheid, the new democratic dispensation,
developments in Lesotho since independence - the positive effect of
all these on the population is proved by the growth in the number of
learners at all levels. At this juncture I must make an honest
confession that the statistics shown here have been assembled by my
friend, Kurt Johannesen of Copenhagen. If I were to believe in the
theory of the existence of a first and second life span, I would say
this Scandinavian must ha

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