We are sad to report the death of Mr Ramaqele. A huge supporter of the work of the Rafiki Thabo Foundation in Lesotho, Mr Ramaqele chaired the in-country committee which has done so much to ensure that our work is targeted, focused and effective. His commitment to the communities in which he lived and worked was second to none, and his energy and enthusiasm for improving the lives of young people was an inspiration.
When the Ha Fusi community decided to proceed with the construction of a Secondary School in 2001, Mr Ramaqele was working for the Lesotho Ministry of Education. He provided invaluable support to both the Rafiki Thabo Foundation and the people of Ha Fusi by advising how best to get the school registered with the government.
When he took early retirement from the Ministry, he was appointed as the school’s Principal. Under his leadership, the school flourished, growing in physical size and in reputation. It is now functioning as a High School.
Mr Ramaqele, along with his wife ‘Me Nthoto, worked unstintingly for Rafiki Thabo, giving up so much of his free time to support students, helping them reach goals which would have been unthinkable a decade earlier. He was a kind and generous man.
His legacy lives on. The students at Ha Fusi are still being supported by Rafiki Thabo and encouraged to study at university and higher education – thanks, in large part, to his perseverance and hard work.
God rest his soul; he will be sorely missed.