How do you say goodbye to a 2nd home? This is what I have to do now. I have to say goodbye to Mpilonhle. I came to Mtuba five years ago. My first job here was as IT educator at Masibonisane High School. I then moved to Mpilonhle about 30 months ago.
I have taught 8 year olds, 18 year olds, 48 year olds and even 68 year olds how to use a computer during my time here. It has truly been a fulfilling job in many ways. I have travelled the length andd breadth of Mkhanyakude, to places where even people who were born here do not know. I have been to Ngwavuma, Mkhaliphi, Nkosibonga, Mfekayi, Dukuduku even Hluhluwe.
I have worked in more than 50 schools. I have been in high schools, primary schools, creches you name it I have worked in it.
The special thing about Mpilonhle is the people that you get to work with. They make everyday worth it. There have been unforgettable moments during the time I have been here. The closing year functions are great memories. The Boat ride and Cape vidal functions.
The One sight visit last year where we saw about 15000 people. The June camps during World cup where we also got a chance to attend some matches. I attended 3 games at Moses Mabhida. It should have been 4 but for the flu I missed the Semi-final.
I have to thank the Unit members from Unit 3. It has to be the craziest unit ever. We have had the most outspoken people at Mpilonhle. A unit that has a mind of its own. There was a time when we were called “a box of matches”. Reason was that our unit had all the explosives needed to blow things up and the only thing missing was some matches. I do not know how it happened but the loudest, craziestand funniest people all ended up in unit 3. Siyabonga, Sbahle, Anele, Nathi, Khethiwe, Sma, Phumelele, Snethemba, MamLungi and Sbu were all in the same unit. Crazy!
I have to say Themba, Slie Nyawo and Phumzile Zungu have fitted right into the Unit 3. I just hope the character of the unit and the spirit we had can be kept alive. We worked hard and played hard. Unit 3 will always be in my heart wherever I go. I will miss the singing at the back of the landrover.
In 2008 everything was new and exciting, 2009 everything we touched turned to gold, nothing could go wrong, I became Employee of the year, 2010 has been a tough year here. We lost some colleagues at the start of the year(Sthe and Sabelo) and others have left(Deli, Sbahle and Phindile). There was a 4 month period where we did not have any field assistants in the field. Those were tough months for all of us. Hopefully 2011 will be much better for everyone here at Mpilonhle.
I have to thank Michael Bennish(Programme Director) for the opportunity and the vision. He has great ideas, even the creation of this blog section was his vision. The IT department owes a lot to him. The innovations like synchronizing from the field came from him.
I have to mention my Co-ordinator Sakho. We have worked well together in many assignments like Registration and One Sight. It is not usual to have a coordinator that you can talk about the latest Formula 1 results, football scores and work with. When I first got here he would sometimes play computer games in his laptop in the afternoons but when we got our own IT office he changed and became serious about work. It has been a pleasure working with you.
Out in the field I have worked with so many people from other Units that have made my time here enjoyable. I have to mention Mpi for his laid back relaxed mood. He is an easy person to work with cause his mood is always welcoming and is helpful. If you have a good idea about work you can just run it by him.
I am very proud when I look at how the website has changed since the first day I started working on it with Grant. There is a blog section, video gallery and the latest creation is the facebook page. The greatest joy was getting the site to be updated with the latest pictures and news stories from the field.
If you have not lifted a computer console, sat at the back of the landrover to Mkhaliphi, did registration in January or put up a tent then you have never worked at Mpilonhle.
The only thing left to say now is Ciao, Au revoir, See ya later, and goodbye.