Well-known Ladysmith educator passes away

Elzette with fellow teacher Chantel Estran shortly before she left for a trip to Paris in September 2015

Last Sunday, Hamilton Preparatory School suffered the loss of a beloved teacher, Elzette Zietsman, after a long and brave struggle with cancer.

Elzette joined the school in 2011 and was class teacher to the Grade Rs and HOD of the pre-primary school.

In her career, Elzette taught all classes from matric down, in rural and city schools, and even once in a technical school, but said that she found her home with the “littlies” that she loved.

Despite battling cancer for the last six years, Elzette rarely missed a day of school, having her chemo treatment on a Friday and being back in the classroom on Monday.

Not wanting to leave the children too soon, Elzette taught until the end of July before spending a very short time with family before succumbing to her illness.

A Ladysmith Gazette journalist remembers Mrs Zietsman as a friendly woman who was always willing to talk about any issues when she was asked to give her views in a ‘vox pop’. No matter how she felt or looked, she was always willing to help others. She is survived by her husband and daughter, and will be sorely missed.

A tree has been planted in Elzette’s memory by the pupils she taught over the years.

A memorial service will be held at the Hamilton School Hall in Residency Road today (August 12) at 3pm

Our deepest condolences go out to Mrs Zietsman’s family. May her soul rest in peace

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Nameera Sarjoo

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