Media alert: Funeral of Equal Education co-founder Yoliswa Dwane to take place on Saturday 29 October in the Eastern Cape
On Saturday 29 October, Equal Education (EE) co-founder Yoliswa Dwane will be buried in Mount Coke, in the Eastern Cape. She very sadly passed away on Friday 21 October, having had cancer.
Sis Yoli was born in the Eastern Cape, in Dimbaza, and went to school there, later moving to Khayelitsha in the Western Cape.
Sis Yoli led EE as the chairperson of our National Council (board) from 2012 to 2018, and was also the head of our Policy, Communications and Research Department from 2008 to 2016. Over this time, EE’s wide-ranging impact included getting the government to adopt the landmark Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure, securing safe and reliable transport for thousands of learners, and expanding our work to different provinces. Sis Yoli was key to the formation of the Equal Education Law Centre, and was on its board from 2011 to 2019. We continue her work toward equity and justice in South Africa.
Read more about Sis Yoli’s life here.
Our hearts are with Sis Yoli’s friends and amaTshawe, especially her mother Boniswa. Her family are deeply grateful for the many messages of condolences and tributes.
For those who cannot attend the funeral in person on Saturday, there will be a livestream via the Equal Education Facebook page. There will be a small prayer service (umthandazo) held today, which the public and journalists may attend. A memorial service for Sis Yoli will be held after her funeral, and a date will be communicated once confirmed.
Prayer service (umthandazo):
Date: Thursday 27 October 2022
Place: Ethiopian Episcopal Church, Harare, Khayelitsha (opposite Spar in Harare)
Date: Saturday 29 October 2022
Place: KwaMadliki Village, Mount Coke, Eastern Cape
For media queries, contact:
Msikeleli Dwane (Dwane family spokesperson) 078 463 7237