On behalf of the Executive Committee of the ELRC, we wish to convey our heartfelt sadness over the untimely passing of Mr Skhumbuzo Alan Thompson.

The country mourns the loss of a revered leader and an ardent advocate for quality education.

Death is a cruel reminder that our passage through the earthly realm is fleeting,
that our limited time should be fixated on the good,
that our passions should be such that it enriches the lives of others,
that our work should be a monument of a life well lived,
in service of others. (BL)

Our tribute is to such an exceptional man, whose legacy is synonymous with the voice for educators. He was a true leader in the education fraternity.

Mr Thompson served as an Executive Committee member in the ELRC and was the Corresponding Officer of the CTU-ATU. His prowess and strong leadership was exemplified in these roles. He also played an instrumental role in the conclusion of significant collective agreements for public education, the most recent being Collective Agreement No. 2 of 2020, Quality Management System (QMS) for school-based educators, concluded in September 2020.

He will be fondly remembered as a thought leader, fiercely dedicated to his vocation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thompson family during this difficult time.
Issued by the General Secretary on behalf of the Executive Committee of the ELRC.
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