13 February 1988 – 1 September 2015
It is with sadness in our hearts that we bid farewell to UCT Alumnus, Konke Mazwai. He was born on 13 February 1988 in Mthatha. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2011 obtaining a BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree. He also obtained an additional qualification in 2012 from Expro (GDP) Mena School in Egypt.
Konke was enthusiastic and passionate about his work, his faith and his family. He was extremely active as a student and resident of Kopano House and an active member of many university clubs, including 'His People', the Investment Society, Karate and Students Christian Fellowship. In his spare time he tutored high school learners in maths and science and encouraged several of his friends to do the same or find some other way of giving back. He started his professional career as a Production Engineer in 2011 for AES Africa. In 2012 he moved to work for Expro Gulf, first as a well-test engineer and then as a data acquisition engineer as of 2013.
On 29th March 2014 he married the love of his life, Silindile Mazwai (Makhumalo) affectionately referred to by him as 'wife of Konke'. They relocated to Port Elizabeth where he worked for National Oilwell Varco (NOV) as a field service technician until his untimely death on 1 September 2015. His career gave him great opportunities to travel abroad to countries such as Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and the United States. He was on a China work-trip when he passed on.
He was an avid Orlando Pirates fan, a part-time comedian, a YouTube enthusiast and a follower of Christ. He was laid to rest on 26 September 2015 in his home at eMqonci, Eastern Cape. He leaves behind his wife, brother, cousins and many nephews and nieces.