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Venue: Nasrec Memorial Park
Date: Friday, 13 August 2021
Church Service: Chapel at the Memorial Park
7:15 – 8:00 Check-in, register and sanitize at the chapel
8:00 – 10:00 Church Service
10:00 – 11:00 Cemetery Service at Nasrec Memorial Park
11:00 Refreshments at 29 Visuil Crescent, Liefde en Vrede
Funeral Service of Metja Erica Tladi
Programme Director: Ntate Wonder Tsheledi
Opening Prayer: Ntate Nkosinathi Twala
Welcome: Plaatjie Tladi
Obituary: Ms. Bali Bapela
Tribute by Colleague: Nomsa Mashele
Tribute by Friend: Nancy Mashele
Tribute by Kekana Family: Malome Malose Kekana
Tribute by Tladi Family: Rakgadi Lizzy Molutsoane
Tribute by Rosebuds: Segwere Kekana
Farewell Message by Children: Mafodi and Mpho
Farewell Message: By Husband
Sermon by Bishop Twala
Order of Service: Cemetery
Burial Service: Bishop Twala
Vote of Thanks: Alfred Kekana
Benediction: Bishop Twala
Metja Erica Tladi was born on the 13th of November 1961 in Mogoto, Limpopo to the late Cecil Bailey Kekana and Tshepo Rachel (Hope) Kekana.
Metja grew up in Mahwelereng, Mokopane, Limpopo where she attended Tintela Lower and Nonchimudi Higher Primary Schools. She was a charismatic, sociable and spontaneous child who loved nature and having fun. She matriculated at Gojela High School where she also met her high school sweetheart, Morse Tladi, whom she later married. She pursued her tertiary studies at Turfloop University, Mankweng (renamed University of Limpopo) obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
She began her professional career as an educator at Seana Marena High School in Mapetla, Soweto where she taught for a period of nearly 15 years. She then transferred to Greenfields High School, in Ekurhuleni. Her teaching career spanned over three decades with many of her students achieving successful professional careers such as Doctors and Engineers. This she achieved because other than being a teacher, she also played the role of being a mentor, guidance counsellor, social worker and a surrogate mother.
She got married in 1984 and was blessed with a daughter (Lebo) and two sons (Mafodi and Mpho).
She was passionate about gardening. She loved being surrounded by the different colours from the various types of flowers she had in her yard. An attribute she shared with her late mother.
At the time of her sudden passing, Metja was about to go on early retirement and focus all her energies on raising her grandchildren. She also had plans to invest in farming because of her interest.
She cared deeply and was a selfless mother to her children. She loved wholeheartedly and was one person who had a way of making anyone close to her feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable and open. Many saw her as a shoulder to cry on because of her compassion and loving heart.
She was a fervent believer in the word of God and often spending time in the prayer room at home praying for her children and reading scripture. Sometimes going into a solitary night vigil to meditate.
Metja was tenacious and fearless which gave her courage to face challenges she encountered during her life. Waking up to her smile was priceless.
As a caregiver she went beyond her abilities to provide for and support her children and grandchildren. Her love for her children and their cousins was intricately sacrificial, pure and infinite. As an elder she imparted important life lessons about values, kindness and love. She was the anchor of her immediate and extended family revelling in bringing them together.
The most hospitable person, many people knew her for her culinary skills and would visit to experience her delicious meals.
On Saturday the 7th of August 2021, the day of her grandson Tumisho’s birthday, Metja took her last breath right after expressing to Tumisho and her husband that she loved them.
She will be most ardently missed by her Husband Morse, her two Sons, her three grandchildren, her family, nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues. Though she is no longer with us, her memory will forever inspire us to love deeply, gracefully and truthfully.
Metja, our dearest mother and sister, you fought the good fight, you loved unreservedly. You shall be dearly missed.
Robala Ka Khutšo, Hunadi, Tlou