The North West Gambling Board has learnt with shock the untimely passing of its Corporate Services Manager, Mrs Segomotso Motlhabane. Mrs Motlhabane passed away on Saturday night after a short illness. She joined the Gambling Board in 2016 and throughout her tenure as one of the Executive Members she demonstrated ethical leadership, administrative astuteness and efficacy.

She was affectionately referred as “Mme” meaning Mother is Setswana. Chinua Achebe as he shares the wisdom of Uchendu in his much-celebrated novel Things Fall Apart succinctly avers “It is true that a child belongs to its father but when a father beats his child it seeks sympathy from its mothers hut. A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness, he finds refuge in his motherland. Your mother is there to protect you”. Mrs Motlhabane embodied all the attributes and of a Mother and epitomised Motherhood.

Before joining the Gambling Board Mrs Motlhabane had an illustrious career in the public service spanning over two decades having served as a Deputy Director under the Chief Directorate of Corporate Services at the North West Department of Local Government. She was also coordinator for the Media In Education Trust (MIET) which was a non-governmental organisation funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

The primary objective of the NGO was confined within the rural sustainability projects such as HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and roll out of vegetable gardens. It was during this period that she worked closely with organisations such as Treatment Action Campaign & Life Line as a Local Coordinator of the AIDS Council. She also contributed immensely in building the NGO sector, helping to streamline their operations and lobbying funding to ensure their sustainability and efficacy.

Her work in both the public sector and non-governmental organisation is unapparelled. She held various qualifications ranging from a Diploma in Teaching, a graduate in the South African Police Services and LLB Degree which she obtained from the Mahikeng Campus of the North West University.

The Chief Executive Officer of the North West Gambling Board, Mr Nathan Oliphant wishes to take this opportunity and convey his heartfelt condolences to the management, staff and the family of Mrs. Motlhabane.

May Her Soul Rest In Eternal Peace!