Rest in Peace our beloved Vuyo

Posted by Chavonnes Battery on Sun April 7, 2019 in The Team.

It is with great sadness we mourn the passing of our beloved colleague Sinovuyo Nogaga who tragically died when he was hit by a train on his way to work Saturday morning.

Our sincere condolences to his loved ones, his family, our team, his friends and the industry. We are heartbroken at the loss of our Vuyo, a born free with a bright future cut short.

Having access to safe transport to get to work should be a Human Right.

Rest in Peace our beloved Vuyo.

Vuyo was a very determined young man. Within six days of joining the team in September 2016  to do his Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Tourism Management internship he had already learned the script and did his first trainee Museum Tour. Being a Tourist Guide was his passion and he was a natural at it.

He continued to work part-time in 2017 and joined the team full time in March 2018 securing his badge soon after. He enjoyed leading the school group excursions so much that he returned to study a Teaching Diploma full time this year working half day Monday and Wed, and full day Fri-Sun.

He was always on time (public transport permitting), always with a smile and eager to learn, diligently attending to his duties, thoughtful and very respectful, trustworthy, resourceful and well able to articulate his thoughts.

He was always willing to do whatever needed to be done, he would say “I don’t know what's wrong with these guys, I don't mind doing the dishes, one day I will do the dishes for my wife”

In his portfolio he lists some of the highlights as:

  • Getting his first tip of R 100 which motivated him to improve his narrative and technique (not do more - do better),
  • Attending various industry events and training workshops and meeting successful Tourist Guides and Tour Operators and getting tips from them,
  • Visiting Robben Island on a team incentive and again for the Madiba and Ma Sisulu Night Vigil in December 2018 where he got to stay overnight on the Island,
  • As a huge soccer fan he was very excited to take a photo with the original Nedbank Cup which was on display in the building,

He attended the Indaba training last week and was scheduled to represent the museum as a SA Tourism: Hidden Gem at the Tourism Indaba on the 2-4 May 2019 in Durban. It would have been his first time on an aeroplane.

We will be hosting a memorial for Vuyo at the museum in the coming days.