Kwa-Thema township in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, is mourning the passing of one of its community builders, Dolly Mokgatle.

The founder of an education programme, Palesa Ya Sechaba Foundation, passed away on Sunday morning.

 The 65-year-old businesswoman and lawyer held various  senior corporate positions.

Despite this, however, The Office Of The Chief Whip in the City of Ekurhuleni, says she remained rooted to her community through her notable contribution in the education space.

The co-founder Peotona Group Holdings was born and bred in Kwa-Thema.

She matriculated at Tlakula High School, where she was assisting learners improve their performance in Mathematics, Science and Accounting through her foundation, Palesa Ya Sechaba.

“She inspired a life of selflessness as a leader, as she always took time in her busy schedule to make a significant contribution in the reconstruction and development of township talent. We will always be inspired by her passion in education, especially in subjects such as mathematics and science,” says City of Ekurhuleni chief whip, Jongizizwe Dlabathi.  

Palesa Ya Sechaba is providing support for Grade 10 and 11 learners.

Sending condolences to her family, friends and colleagues, Dlabathi adds: “Her premature death leaves us with a challenge to continue and fulfill the work we have already started and that’s to continue with the gains of changing the lives of the younger generation for better.”  

Mokgatle has also worked as the Spoortnet CEO and was the first Black person to be appointed as the managing director of the Transmission Group at Eskom.

At her time of passing, she was a member of the UNISA Council and a Total SA board chair.