Huge outpouring of grief for 'legendary' Afrikaans teacher who died suddenly

Huge outpouring of grief for 'legendary' Afrikaans teacher who died suddenly

By : Admin

Picture 2 : Brothers Yusuf (left) and Haroon Abramjee with Late Bobby and son Pradesh Singh (right). Click on the above picture and swipe left

Mr Narrian Singh (76), fondly known as Bobby Singh, took ill in May and was “recovering well” said a family member.

Singh was known to be amongst the best and most inspiring Afrikaans teacher of Laudium. He taught for 39 years at the Laudium Secondary School (1969-2008). He retired at the age of 65 to spend time with his family.

Former colleague and student, Jeff Ebrahim told Laudium Today, “I had both the pleasure of being taught by Mr Singh and teaching with him at Laudium High School as it was known then. He was a legend. True to the word. The best of the best. I will never forget the black book, that he so painstakingly wrote out in his immaculate calligraphic handwriting, that we were tested on each Friday to enhance our Afrikaans. Woorde wat met “be” , “ge” , “her” , “ont” , “ver” begin, kry nie ‘n “ge” nie. How special and funny our Afrikaans lessons were and we learnt from a master. I will never forget the day I did not shave and had a milk hair moustache and Mr Singh came up to me and said “Jeffy, dit is verdwaalde poepolhare op jou gesig.” He cracked us up with that funny statement. He always had something funny to say that would just make ones day. Laudium has lost a legend. He truly left a legacy for other teachers to follow. May God Almighty grant him the highest abode in heaven for all the good that he imparted to his students and colleagues alike.”

Former Principal Daya Chetty said, “Such sad news hearing about Mr Bobby Singh. He was a legend in the teaching profession. Probably one of the best Afrikaans teachers in South Africa. I feel honoured to have been Principal at Laudium Secondary and privileged to have him on the staff. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him or was taught by him. He really touched many people's lives and had such a positive impact. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Dr AbdulAziz Joosub said, “RIP Mr Singh, your selfless devotion has seen many prosper academically.”

Najma Moosa Chothia told Laudium Today, “From the minute we were born to the moment we take our last breathe, there is that little time in between it all that we call life. Though change is the only thing constant in this world. The concept of losing a good friend and colleague is most difficult to grasp. My deepest sorrow and sympathy to Indira and his children. Not only was Bobby a colleague of ours (Late Ebrahim and myself) but also a personal friend. The community has lost a legend in the teaching fraternity. His learners will remember him as a great teacher. He will be solely and sadly missed. One incredible trait I need to mention of Bobby, he over all these years that we have been friends, never addressed me once by name, but always as Madam. That is the kind of respect he had for me. May his soul rest in peace.”

Mr Singh is survived by his wife, Indira, sons Pradesh, Aneesh and Kiran, daughters Nisha and Roshika, son in law Dharmesh, daughter in law Preeta and granddaughter Mitishka.

The Singh family would like to thank the community for their support and well wishes.


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