Tsholofhelo Monkgogi Gasennelwe Ngwakwena was known and loved by her surviving husband – Olebeng Ngwakwena and biological son Mathata Adam Nathan Ngwakwena for her love and kindness as well as commitment to family building and abiding love for her son and surviving husband. Tsholofhelo was born into the Gasennelwe family (biological mother Dr Kegalale Jocelyn Gasennelwe and biological father Benjamin Iponeng Gasennelwe – an Africanist, liberation struggle hero and avid African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa) on 17th February 1982 in Gaborone, making her an acquarian – a real waterbaby with a beautiful aura of “Indigo Blue” symbolising a calm, compassionate, nurturing, idealistic and peaceful spirit. She embraced the ethos of “the message of love, compassion and forgiveness, and the importance of it being part of our daily lives as said by the Dalai Lama. She eventually joined the eternal peaceful spiritual world on 31st August 2016.
Her academic career commenced at Northside Primary School, and Westwood High School in Gaborone Botswana, and later completed her high school at Kingswood College in Grahamstown, South Africa.
Her final academic achievement was at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she graduated in prerequisite foundational education and attained academic excellence, evidenced by a degree in Industrial Psychology.
Over the years, she ushered in a fresh air of joy and joie de vivre, as well as her happiness to contribute in her unique way to the development and enhancement of human rights, and women empowerment as well as making a professional effort through her work in journalism, gender-based affairs, art, business and property development. She had an enviable sense of humour and satire, and unmistakeable quick wit.
Tsholofhelo or “Tebby as she was affectionately known was an avid reader and food lover with an enviable palette, and a loving and caring mother of her biological son Mathata and step sons Theo and Peo. Most importantly, a loving wife and life partner of her husband Olebeng Ngwakwena, whom she married in an unforgettable wedding ceremony on 21 September 2013 at the gorgeous and mighty 12 Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, with breathtaking calming views of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, accompanied by close family and friends as well as business partners.
Tsholofhelo’s selected memorable achievements include being a prestigious Art Winner in Grahamstown, and the first and only Survivor Africa Winner, having gone through a torturous competition in Panama, effectively demonstrating her tenacity, hardwork, resilence, perserverance, durable human spirit and will-power. These are the qualities that her husband Olebeng was attracted to and vowed to marry her for life. Moreover, these life attributes have also earned her admiration and respect globally. Tsholofhelo, in the true spirit of her name, provides us an eternal legacy of hope and unimaginable spirituality which are basic equipment to attaining happiness, joy and peace forever. We therefore, have all the reason to celebrate her life eternally.