Meet Our OC Staff Members
Thingo Tshabalala is BACK AT COLLEGE
At the MCOBA we’re all about keeping Maritzburg College Old Boys connected to both the school and one another. However, some Old Collegians want to have an even stronger connection with the school, choosing to report to College each weekday morning like they did when they still adorned the mighty basher. These men are our Old Collegian staff members. Over the next few months we will be getting to know these individuals. We will be finding out what they do for our school, catching up with what they’ve been up to since their school days, and asking a few fun questions. If you have any questions you’d like to direct to any of our OC staff members, email the name of the staff member and your question to: email@example.com and it may just be featured in their interview.
Thingo Tshabalala (2014)
After matriculating from College in 2014, Thingo took a gap year to find out who he was and what he wanted to do with his life. While he ended up getting into what he described as “mischief”, he says he is grateful for the experience which he now views as a period of relaxation before the stress of adult life; a sort of calm before the storm. Originally wanting to work in air traffic control, but frustrated by administrative issues, Thingo decided to take a stab at IT and town planning. It soon became evident that his passion truly lay with IT.
Thingo came back to re-join College as an employee in 2019 and has been happily working in the IT department for exactly a year now. While his official job title is “IT technician”, the job is complex. Thingo is part of a small, highly skilled IT team which caters to a school of over one thousand boys and all its staff. We asked Thingo what a typical day involves and here is just some of what was on his list; teaching both teachers and students how to operate new programs, diagnosing computer issues/problems, monitoring the installation of software, performing tests on computer equipment, doing maintenance and other minor repairs on computers and other devices, and ordering parts.
With such a busy schedule, it’s no wonder Thingo says his favourite thing to do outside of work is to relax and enjoy not being on call. When he’s not working, or relaxing, Thingo says he loves riding motorbikes. “I enjoy riding when I get the chance. I used to be big in it back in the day but I’ve toned down a lot, and well, I’m missing it now. I’m thinking of going back” Thingo told us.
In addition to IT, Thingo is also a boarder master in Hudson House and coaches the u14A basketball team, who had an undefeated season this year. Not much unlike the 2014 1st basketball team Thingo himself played for who lost only one match in two seasons.
We asked Thingo three fun questions:
A lot of your current colleagues would’ve been your teachers just a few years ago. How have you found that transition?
The awkward change has been calling some of my old teachers by name and so I’ve mostly stuck to what I called them back in school. But many of my colleagues have become friends, and others are now family.
What is your favourite thing about your role at the school?
This is a tough one, there’s so many things. As an IT technician, I can basically go anywhere, there’s no limit. I mean physically, our reach is limited, but you can’t limit the access that comes from working in IT. It’s freeing.
What is your best memory as a schoolboy?
Without contest, it would be 2014, when our basketball 1st team was 1st in the entire country. In two seasons, we lost only one game and even that was played the day after returning from winning a tournament in Johannesburg without suffering even a single loss but obviously lots of fatigue. I consider our team to have been unbeaten. I just wish there had been more done to celebrate that great accomplishment and highlight the year College had the best basketball team in the entire country.