ForeverMissed
Dear family and friends, thank you for your love and support as we announce the passing of our beloved Maggie. Whether you know her as Maggie, Thandi, Mamzito, Rakgadi, Mamogolo, or Granny her memory lives on in all of us.
This page is intended to collect your condolences, testimonials and memories. Please share a message to the family as a tribute, or post a story about Maggie. You can add photos and even video to each story post.
- Thank You

| VIRTUAL EVENT |
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021
Funeral Service Live Stream
8:30am to 10:00am 
Click here to watch Live on Youtube
Due to COVID-19 and limited capacity at the venue, please consider watching the funeral service from your home through virtual link above.

| IN-PERSON EVENTS |
Immediate family and invited guests
Venue
Provided to invited guests
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2021
Viewing
3:00pm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021
 Funeral Service
8:30am to 10:00am 
Funeral Procession and Cremation
Funeral procession will leave promptly at 10:15am from the venue. 

| FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS |
Thank you to all who have offered your love and support. We welcome floral arrangement gifts for Maggie. Should you wish to send flowers for Maggie's service please have them delivered to the home by Tuesday, February 9, 2021 before 4PM. Contact family member for address.

| OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS |
If you would like to make monetary contributions to the family for funeral expenses please use the following account details:
Itumeleng Oliphant
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Account no: 401022579
SWIFT/BIC: SBZAZAJJ

Posted by Charles Mwape on February 10, 2021
Ma
I have been in disbelief since I heard the news.
For the 23 years I've been friends with Gee(Itu), your home was my other home. Everytime I came to visit, you embraced me with a warm hug, we'd share a joke and genuinely ask about my well-being and that would lead into an encouraging and insightful conversation. You always had warm words of encouragement....always.
You where my dear mother too, who I loved dearly. It hurts knowing that next time I come home you won't be there...
But I'm grateful to have had the privilege of experiencing your love and your presence.
I will love you always

And I pray that God gives strength, comfort and peace to my brothers Itu(Gee), Kutlwano(Big Bro) and Kamo. I love you guys and I'm with you ♥️
Posted by Morobi Jeanette on February 10, 2021
Hi my lovey sister may the Good Lord be with you as we are going to miss you and pass my regards to my best friend Bontle Pretty girl , monyebo yo montle wa lona ga okitla o phimoga mo matlhong a me . Modimo one ore a dimile lona ke i thutile gole gontsi mo golona .GODBLESS  Robala ka kagisho Sister
Posted by Francina motau on February 10, 2021
Rest in peace ausi Maggie. I had a mentor and mother at work and even on your retirement, you kept guiding me. You made time to call to check on me and my family all the time. Your smile will forever be imprinted on my heart.Your calm and gentle voice even when you are critical, amazed me. You are dearly missed. Francina Motau
Posted by Judy Molepo on February 10, 2021
The bond we shared will forever be engraved in my heart.Will hold on to the advises and guidance you imparted.

I pray for God's comfort and total emotional wellbeing to Itu, Kamo & Kutlwano including the entirr family.

Redt in Power

Judy Molepo
Posted by Reuben Mkandawire on February 10, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the Oliphant family. Our prayers are with you during this time.

May her soul rest in peace.

Mkandawire family
Posted by khwezi mabasa on February 9, 2021
Lala ngoxolo Auntie. You welcomed all of us into your home and supported our families during difficult times. We learnt so much from you: life lessons, activism and commitment to building a better country.
Posted by Lettie Tervit on February 9, 2021
Dearest Maggie. Thank you for always welcoming us into your home and your heart with loving grace, and allowing us to be part of your beautiful family. My most precious memory of you is your thoughtful gesture of sending my mom (whom you didn't even know) a flowering pot plant when my dad passed away. Your plant helped my mom to get through the most difficult days of my dad's passing as she tended it with care and kept it in her kitchen window for a number of years after his passing. Forever grateful. Lettie.
Posted by Karabo Nkabinde on February 9, 2021
Sis Maggie. Your memory will forever live in our hearts. You opened your heart to all of us and for that we remain truly grateful.
May your soul rest in peace.
Euphemia and Karabo Nkabinde
Posted by Masego Mookodi on February 9, 2021
Ausi Maggie
I met you in Rustenburg in 2019 and ever since you have shown me such pure love and kindness. I will not forget how you wanted the family bond to grow stronger and stronger. You were indeed a true epitome of kindness. May your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.
Puni Mookodi from Botswana
Posted by Tina Oliphant on February 9, 2021
My mother-in-LOVE..I don't know how to express the pain I feel. I keep seeing your smile and reflecting on our time together. From the first time I met you and Dad Mtu in London, I loved you both. You made me feel at home and we laughed in the kitchen talking about business plans in the future. The love between you and Dad was palpable and now you are together again. We still needed you. I still needed you- your love, your guidance and teaching. Your grand-children needed you, but God's plans are beyond our understanding. I promise to continue to pour the kind of love you demonstrated to the family and the children. Your grand-children will know they were loved by you. We were blessed to have you and be part of your legacy. I love you Ma Maggie. Fambai zvakanaka. Basa masiya mapedza (non-literal translation: "Go well, you have run a good race") - Tina Oliphant
Posted by Gomolemo Kekesi on February 9, 2021
You are a giant in my heart. So enormous is the love with which you loved those dearest to you. No hello or goodbye was complete between us without that warm and reassuring embrace, sweetened all the more by your radiant smile. A mother to us all. Making each of us feel like your favourite. Is it any wonder that God wanted you back so soon?! His shining star.

Rakgadi, your light may be gone from this world but it will burn ever so brightly within our hearts until we meet again. We will love you forever Rakgadi and hope to make you proud. Gomolemo
Posted by Mavis Boshwaen on February 9, 2021
My dearest Maggie, you truly took us by surprise and we are still in a shock because we had thought connecting with you was going to last us many more years to come. I am deeply touched because our last conversation was on 27 October 2020. I knew that you were looking forward to come to Botswana for the next family reunion but Alas! It never happened. Only God can explain. Robala ka kagisho Ntsalaka. Itu and the brothers, Mama has run her race let's celebrate her life with dignity and honor.
Posted by Claudia Hodgson on February 9, 2021
To Kutlwano (Samora), Itumeleng, Kamogelo and family
Our thoughts are with you at this time of great loss.
Comrade Thandi will live on forever in our hearts and in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
Spencer and Claudia Hodgson
Posted by Thami Mbatha Ndzanga on February 9, 2021
I am broken, I am sad, I was just enjoying my reconnection with Thandi after the many years in exile.

We recently met at the shopping center in East Rand and we were planning to meet after the lock down. Since our reconnection we have been talking on the phone about our past., having late night giggles, our children and our future plans.

Ma-malone, Rakgadi Mangwane, sister, Comrade, I'm gonna miss you and our late night giggles.

Hamba kahle my sister.
Posted by Lee Madzima on February 8, 2021
Maggie, you were a sister God had given me. Thank you very much for your kindness, selflessness, humbleness, and LOVE . You welcomed us into your family and made us feel at home. I will cherish the times we spent together. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to meet you and experience you. Our hearts are shattered. It is too much to take in.....I will miss you.We will keep your memories alive by showering your boys and grandkids with love and support. I love you Maggie. May your soul rest in Peace.
Posted by Matlhodi Constance Mabe on February 8, 2021
Maggie Tsala ya me. Onthobetse.I was just enjoying our reunion and reconnection after so many years.
I will miss our laughter and 'girlie talks that reminded us our Moletsane High School years.
Thank you for the lovely photo you sent me recently.It will serve as a remembrance
I will always love you my dear friend.
May your soul rest in peace. You will not well alone.Your loving husband will hold you by your hand.
Posted by Clive Nyiko Moya on February 8, 2021
May her soul rest in peace condolences to the family.
Posted by Teddy Coleman on February 8, 2021

May your soul rest in peace. , The brightness of your smile, the goodness of your soul will always stay in our hearts because you were one beautiful comrade’ a sister and a colleague we had. Losing you is no doubt a big loss to all of us who have travelled the past with you. You will always be missed.
Posted by Palesa Matabologa on February 8, 2021
In this time of grief find comfort in the word of the Lord. You have gained a forever guardian angel. She might not be with you in the physical, but she'll forever be with you in your heart and soul. You are loved, you are protected and most of all you blessed. Celebrate her life. Stay being the amazing human you are.

Love and Light. ️️
Posted by Reamogetse Mautlane on February 8, 2021
I can’t help wondering why it is that some are snapped up in an instant. Fare thee well aunt. You fought a good fight and won the race. You left a legacy that will be read through the generations, current and to come. You left a mark in our hearts, that nothing will ever erase. It is indelible in our hearts.You are a rare gem and will forever be cherished.

Modimo o ne a reneile, mme o bowetse o latile & all we can say is, "It is well, O it is well dear Lord."
Posted by Motlalepula Rosho on February 8, 2021
It’s been tough to dot down my thoughts about you Ausi Thandi in words of the past. I will forever uphold the journey of my life especially in difficult times with you on my side. You stood by me. You were my source of courage. You gave me all the love until your last breath. You cared for my son and took interest of his development. You walk me the path of raising a boy child. All I can define in you is Sisterhood. Thank you for your deep love and care. I remain thankful and humbled for your teachings. What a Phenomenal woman in you Ausi Thandi. God surely chose you the Flower of the Revolution. You have run your race and you kept the faith. Rest in Eternal Peace.
To Kutlwano, Itumeleng and Kamogelo. May God carry you through in this phase. Sincere condolences. Motlalepula
Posted by Kamogelo Dintwe on February 7, 2021
The 1 memory of you that i will neva forget was when you and mama walked me down the aisle on my wedding day nd you stood as my parent to give me away... I still cant come to terms with the fact that you are gone. Only God knows wat He is doing and all we can do is trust the plan of God. You were a blessing and even beyond,a sweet heart that loves and was so lovable. Rest in perfect peace Aunty, we will 4eva miss you❤
Posted by Letebele Amogelang on February 7, 2021
Took me a while to get to writing this because I still can't get my mind around the reality that I'm referring to you among those who are late, is this God playing a trick on us? How are we loosing another mother hardly 6 months after MamPretty?
So often you said you're not going anywhere anytime soon because you have so many kids to attend to, I guess God had other plans.
Your guidance, love, selflessness, motivation, joyfulness, support and drive will be deeply missed.

We will carry the torch from here on and fulfill some of the plans we had together. Heaven has gained another Angel who will watch over us.

Till we meet again. RIP Mamogolo
Posted by Amanda Manxayile on February 7, 2021
Thandi I cant believe you are gone.It was too soon my sista.You were such a special person to me, you and pioneer and Mntu.Good people are going one by one leaving broken hearts behind.The passing of your brother Pioneer,my friend and confidante left me speechless znd now its you.I did not know you were sick.Anyway rest in peace Thandi I will always cherish our frienship and sistahood.Goodnight .Carol Jack
Posted by Eunice Raikane on February 7, 2021
Aus Maggy; it still doesnt sound real; I can not start imagining that I wont see you ko Boitekong anymore...but I will have to accept that its actually Gods angels that came & called you by your name; this is the will of God. You will forever be missed; your memories will never die. The heavens have gained such a kind soul in you. A mowa wa gago o bone boikhutso mma; go fitlhela re bonana gape ausi; Rest easy my dear siater; Rest well.
Posted by Tshidi Mhlambo on February 7, 2021
Oh dear Thandi ka Mtu as we used to call you. I cannot imagine you in any other way except with that soft beautiful smile you always had. When I first met you, you were very young, you were respectful, kind and very responsible. I'm glad to say you never changed over the years. I cannot believe you are no longer with us. The only consolation I have is that you have joined your best half in heaven because both of you belong there. May your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace. To your children, I pray that the good Lord may protect, guide and give you strength as you go through these difficult times.
Posted by Yvonne Jumaimah Modiakgot... on February 7, 2021
My dearest Mags (as I used to call you). It still feels like a dream from which I 'll be awakened. I will forever miss our long whatsapp chats on every possible topic on this earth. Your advices on health matters, finances and children. Your no nonsense attitude when necessary.
I loved you like my own flesh and blood.
Till we meet again dearest friend, sister and comrade.
Posted by Minie1978 Motau on February 7, 2021
Ausi as we would call @Tladi Soweto,I grew under your watch as a little girl you we always loving and humble,down to earth person,it's so hard to come into terms of losing you so sudden you will always be in our hearts,go well ausi Rest,the angels are rejoicing to welcome you.
Posted by lillian lukhelejan on February 7, 2021
Dear my sister, comrade and former colleague. I will miss you dearly, especially phone calls and conversations we use to have. Not forgetting old memories when we were in Tanzania e Charlotte. Rest in peace you ran the race. Hamba kahle qhawekazi lesizwe.
Posted by Sipho Majombozi on February 7, 2021
A permanently cheerful soul. Will be sorely missed.
Posted by nteki mmatli on February 7, 2021
Your kind & warm welcoming smile & your down to earth personality will forever remain in us. You ran your race dear sister. Robala la kgotso.

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Posted by Charles Mwape on February 10, 2021
Ma
I have been in disbelief since I heard the news.
For the 23 years I've been friends with Gee(Itu), your home was my other home. Everytime I came to visit, you embraced me with a warm hug, we'd share a joke and genuinely ask about my well-being and that would lead into an encouraging and insightful conversation. You always had warm words of encouragement....always.
You where my dear mother too, who I loved dearly. It hurts knowing that next time I come home you won't be there...
But I'm grateful to have had the privilege of experiencing your love and your presence.
I will love you always

And I pray that God gives strength, comfort and peace to my brothers Itu(Gee), Kutlwano(Big Bro) and Kamo. I love you guys and I'm with you ♥️
Posted by Morobi Jeanette on February 10, 2021
Hi my lovey sister may the Good Lord be with you as we are going to miss you and pass my regards to my best friend Bontle Pretty girl , monyebo yo montle wa lona ga okitla o phimoga mo matlhong a me . Modimo one ore a dimile lona ke i thutile gole gontsi mo golona .GODBLESS  Robala ka kagisho Sister
Posted by Francina motau on February 10, 2021
Rest in peace ausi Maggie. I had a mentor and mother at work and even on your retirement, you kept guiding me. You made time to call to check on me and my family all the time. Your smile will forever be imprinted on my heart.Your calm and gentle voice even when you are critical, amazed me. You are dearly missed. Francina Motau
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Obituary of Maggie Oliphant

Maggie Kgopodisho Oliphant (nee Mongwaketse) aka Thandi Sicelo (her alias during exile), was born in Soweto on 21 July 1957. She was the third born in a family of seven children of Rre Kgosiboile Koos Mongwaketse and Mme Onkgatlile Lydia Mongwaketse. The Mongwaketse lineage originates from the North West Province in Morokweng village under the Chieftainship of Kgosi Hailane in Kagisano Molopo Municipality.

She started her educational journey in 1964 at Merafe Lower Primary and proceeded to Bonegang Higher Primary School. In 1973, she attended Moletsane Secondary School, and that is where she became politically active. As a result of the apartheid system, Maggie joined her peers and formed part of the historic activities of the 1976 student uprising against the education and learning curriculum relating to the Afrikaans language. The students' uprising was a turning point in the fight against apartheid and it propelled Maggie into joining the mass exodus of young people from South Africa that went into exile under the banner of the "Black Power" campaign. After she left for exile, Maggie went on to matriculate in 1977 at Thokoza High school in Swaziland. Thereafter she left for Tanzania.

From 1979 to 1988 she worked in Tanzania and occupied various portfolios in the finance environment. During this period, she went to Angola in 1984 for military training at the Warsaw Camp as Umkhonto We Sizwe guerrilla. The struggle of the South African youth in exile resonated with various detachments during their military training, and Maggie formed part of the “Madinoga" Detachment.

While working in Tanzania, she met and married the love of her life Daniel Oliphant (alias Mtu Jwili) on July 18, 1985. The two love birds walked the path of life side by side as activists and intelligence officers up to their retirement. Their marriage was blessed with three sons.

As a youngster who valued education, Maggie pursued further studies and acquired a Certificate in Basic Management at the Institute of Development Management in Tanzania during the year of 1989, and a Technical Diploma in Accounting at the National Institute of Public Administration in 1991 in Zambia.

After the unbanning of all liberation movements and return of exiles to South Africa, Maggie returned to South Africa in 1991. She was employed at Sagewood Education Centre within the Finance section in Midrand. Maggie then joined the South African Secret Service in 1995 after the amalgamation of Statutory and Non-Statutory bodies of intelligence structures in the new dispensation. She remained loyal, honest and focused to the course of serving without any fear or favor as an intelligence officer.

Maggie was an avid believer in projects that had to do with “a better life for all of South Africa’s children”. She spent endless hours discussing possible projects to this end. She was also active in her Norkem Park ANC Branch and Women’s League as a member in good standing. She was very active in her neighborhood women’s club and was very instrumental in the recruitment of new residents in the neighbourhood to form part of the support networks during bereavements.

Maggie was best known for being a “medical advisor” because of her passion for wellness, both physical and mental. She was very good at giving advice on home remedies for all sorts of ailments. She had a ready ear, always availing herself to guide and counsel her loved ones to navigate their way through life. She loved knowledge and imparted it selflessly.

Maggie was a devoted wife and mother. She doted on her family and committed her entire being to ensuring their joy and prosperity. She was dependable as a friend, comrade and colleague. Maggie was a mother-figure to all her nieces and nephews. She was a motivator and an inspiration that lived by example. She had an extensive network which she willingly used (along with any resource at her disposal) to create a platform for educating and advancing career opportunities for her loved ones. She was a servant of her people (or “Masechaba”) in the truest sense.

Maggie had looked forward to enjoying retirement with her lovely soulmate – but this was not to be as death did them apart shortly after their retirement in May 2017 with the sudden passing of her Mtu. ‘Thandi without Mtu’ was a new chapter that Thandi found difficult to accept with each passing day. The subsequent passing of her late sister Bontle in 2020 saddened her deeply because they shared a deep bond. The thought that she is now left all by herself, affected every fibre of her being.

In the afternoon of 3 February 2021, Maggie collapsed at her home and was rushed to Arwyp Hospital where she was confirmed deceased on arrival. That sombre afternoon deeply cut her family, comrades and friends.

Maggie was defined as a matriarch of her family and was deeply loved by her children. She was the last surviving child of Mr and Mrs Mongwaketse (predeceased by her siblings: Pulakgosi, Isaac, Leslie, Tanta, Bontle and Mosa). She is survived by her three sons (Kutlwano, Itumeleng and Kamogelo), daughter-in-law Tina, two grandchildren (Rorisang and Tshiamo), nieces, nephews and a huge family of loved ones.

Robala ka Kagiso Morwadia Mongwaketse: Phologolo e mashetla a ditlhotlha!!

“E marapo a mmitlwa a Matebele,
e motho a ka tshotla a sa e itse e se wa rona,
e le wa dichaba,
ya motshwara,
ya moswatola legano a tswa tata e se ngwana
wa letsele”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
-Maya Angelou
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My dear sister

Shared by Anne Mogadingoane on February 7, 2021
It still does not make sense on how you suddenly vanished from the face of the Earth. I can only believe that the time was up only because God’s time is not our time. Go well my sister you will solely be missed by your beautiful boys and all of us. May your humble soul rest in pea
Shared by Lesego Morupi on February 7, 2021
Mme Maggi is and was the wife to my uncle Rangwane Dan.I knew her as a soft spoken ,warm hearted gentle soul who cared for the unity of the family.Love you dearly.From Lesego and her dad Sam Oliphant.