My Life Journey…. Ranchelele Phillip Mpako
On the 13th May 1954, my late mother Mmaletswai Magdelene Mpako heard my first cry and got to welcome her 3rd born son into this world with the late Steve Mpako in Mathibestad and they named me Ranchelele Phillip Mpako. They created a home full of love being surrounded by six siblings who called me Lucky and are the base of my childhood memories.
I followed in my late two elder brothers footsteps and started my primary schooling at Lepono Primary School then moved to Bahwaduba Middle School. As I entered into my teenage life my high schooling was spent at Sekitla High School and tertiary at Ithuteng Commercial School where I discovered my love for numbers.
My career journey started at North West Star (Pty) Ltd formerly known as Bophuthatswana Transport Investments in 1975. I spent 44 years of my life moving through the different depots entity in their accounting departments. I started out as an accounts clerk at Atamelang Depot, thereafter I held different positions as an assistant accountant at Duratech, Duracare and Durabuild Manufacturing Depot, Cost Accountant at Batswana Gare Transport Depot and finally moved to the North West Transport Investment (Pty) Ltd head Office as a O&M Officer until I retired in 2019.
I met the love of my life Keneilwe Johannah Maine during my tertiary schooling at Ithuteng Commercial School and got married in 1979. We were blessed with three beautiful kids; our daughter Lerato, and two sons Tebogo and Ofentse. We were planning a long life together but God had other plans. We bid farewell to my beautiful wife in 1992 and by Gods grace, I continued on the journey of raising our beautiful kids with assistance from family. I know she is proud of the work I have done and of the adults they are today.
My continuous journey with God and the church grew stronger in my adult life and I became a member of the Anglican Men’s Guild at St Barnabas in the Diocese of Pretoria and of the Badisa Mens Forum affiliates of Gauteng Christian Men’s Forum. I also was a treasurer of Setlhare Social Club in the St Barnabas Mabopane Parish.
As our journey on this earth is not guaranteed and the timing of our departure is only known by the Almighty, my time came to lay my head upon my Savior’s breast on the 22nd June 2021 after a short illness.
I’m survived by my beautiful children Lerato, Tebogo and Ofentse; brothers Levy and Sello; sisters Moipone, Josephine and Rinny; my adoring grandchildren Zawadi, Kgosi, Leruo and 16 other grandchildren; 6 nephews and 7 nieces.
Robala ka kgotso. Mohwaduba Kgomo Letebele.