Early life[edit | edit source]
Aaron Mabasa (52) was born and bred in Mabunda village in Limpopo at Malamulele. He is the first born child out of six siblings Clive (48), Alice (45), Emmanuel (43), Mike (40) and Hilda (37). His parents taught him that when he feels he is right, he should not change his mind to please the unpleasant. He always treats people with respect and he humbles himself for a better humanity. He started primary education at Langutani primary school from grade 1- grade 3. Then he continued at Khanani primary school till grade 7. He did his high school education at Ripambeta High School where he matriculated in 1986. During this era, he enrolled a Bachelor of Arts Degree with University of South Africa (UNISA) in 1995 until completion. He further obtained a Higher Education Diploma at the University of Limpopo in 1996 to qualify as a teacher. Apart from these, he obtained Bachelor of Honours Degree in Xitsonga with University of Limpopo 1997, Masters of Applied Languages with University of Pretoria (UP) in 2011, Bachelor of Honours Degree in Public Administration with University of Stellenbosch in 2013, Honours Degree in Public Management at Witwatersrand (WITS) University in 2015 and a Doctoral Degree in Language Studies at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in 2016.
Career[edit | edit source]
Mabasa was later employed as an assistant teacher for a period of five years from 1988 to 1993. Later he was appointed as Terminology Coordinator for Xitsonga Language Research Development Centre at the University of Limpopo from 2006-2008 where he was responsible for terminology development and translation of speeches from Limpopo Provincial Legislature. He was then later appointed as language practitioner at the National Department of Arts and Culture from 2009 - 2018 and his duties were among others, terminology development and translation of documents from Xitsonga into English and vice versa. Currently, he is employed by the University of South Africa (UNISA) as a language specialist from February 2019 till to date.
Awards[edit | edit source]
Mabasa attended international Conferences in Spain (Valencia) in 2014 to present a language related paper of behalf of TUT ‘Appeal to enhance the usage and status of the previously marginalised languages of South Africa from Grade R to Tertiary Education’. In 2018 he went United States of America (University of Riverside) to present a paper titled ‘The Role of Language in Education and Society’ on behalf of Department of Arts Culture. In the same year of 2018, he went to the United Kingdom (University of Cambridge) to present a paper whose topic is ‘Contribution of Proficiency of Language Learning in Higher Education’. He received certificates from the abovementioned global countries for presenting in an outstanding fashion. Locally, he locally received a certificate of dedication, hardworking and teamwork. His achievements are a real definition of a say where you are coming from does not determine where you are supposed to be”.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Mabasa has met his wife Thembi Shikwambana (29) in 2007, and the couple got married in 2011. The couple has four kids together one girl Tsakani (10) and three boys Malwande (8), Tiyani (7) and Ntsako (3). Aaron and Thembi marriage was on the rocks as Mabasa was fully committed to his studies but his wife never gave up on him. As hard as it was she stood up by her husband and supported him all the way through his education. Today the couple can get to enjoy each other’s company as they get to spend more time together as a family. The couple enjoys movie dates and dinner out together. Mabasa loves spending time with family and makes sure every month he takes the entire family out for supper and although he enjoys a traditional meal, that is porridge and morogo (vegetables). He always feels happy when he attends church with his family.
References[edit | edit source]
The Life of Dr Aaron Mabasa[edit | edit source]
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