In memory of Ausi Milli

It was with great sadness that the staff at WDB learnt of the passing of Millicent Manaka, our “Ausi Milli”, on 29 June 2019.

She was a dearly loved member of the WDB Trust staff contingent; her quiet dignity and beautiful smile were part of our working days, and her kindness and dedication to her work will remain with us always.

Ausi Milli joined the WDB Trust on the 1 October 2015 in the position of Credit Administrator, working on the administration of the loans for Siyakhula microfinance from Head Office. Part of her work was the repayment processing for first-time loans and repayment processing for repeat loans. She was dedicated to her work and diligent in all that she did – playing an important role within the WDB Trust admin team.

Our move into the new building in Cradock Avenue has been bittersweet, with one of the first gatherings being Ausi Milli’s memorial service. It was held on the 4 July and attended by the staff and friends of WDB Trust and WDB Investment Holdings.

The memorial service was attended by the WDB staff from Head Office, led by the Interim CEOs. The Manaka family was represented by her sister-in-law, children and grandchildren, with Sis Fikile Buthelezi as Programme Director and tributes by Smangele Thulare, Mpumi Lukhele and Gontse Simelane.

While there were many tears and much sadness, there were also some wonderful moments of joy as we remembered our friend and colleague.

The memorial service gave us the opportunity to celebrate her life, and a number of our team added their words to the tributes:

“To the Manaka family and friends. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed sis Milly. We may not understand why she had to leave us so soon but we pray that God will comfort you and lift you up. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this painful time that you have lost your precious pearl. You are not alone.” -Hlengiwe Madonda

“To the Manaka Family. Accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences. May God be with you and strengthen you in this trying time.” -Poppie Skatane

“To the Manaka Family. My condolences to the Manaka family … keep strong.” -Mpumelelo Lukhele-

“The loss of Sis Milly is felt by many. May the memories of her wonderful personality and many contributions be celebrated by all. May her soul rest in eternal peace.” – Avhashoni

“To the Manaka family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I would like to offer your family my deepest and most sincere condolences. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. May the Lord comfort your family during this time of grief.” –Bathandwa Tancu

“May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.” -Ndivhuwo Rambau

“To the Manaka family. I hope that you will receive my most sincere sympathy and condolence during this hard time, May you find comfort in Jehovah.

“Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those that are crushed in spirit.

“Poland, Lebo, Kea, Kobi, may all the great memories that you shared with your mom bring peace, comfort and strength. Millicent was a woman of prayer and may her teachings comfort you during this hard time, May God hold the entire family safe and secure; may he guide your thoughts and calm your fears. My heart is with you in your time of sorrow.” Khathutshelo Sibasa

“I remember how you always used to say, ‘Akinwe Mmeleke nna, ake katse’ Tshidisehang ba lapa la Manaka’.” -Lerato Wulana

“Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Our deepest sympathies.” -Lebogang Msimanga

“My words can’t mend your heartache, but I wish my condolence may help to ease out your pain. May god bless you with patience and strength.” -Ntanga Mokwena

“I wish R.I.P meant ‘Return if possible.’ You will forever be in our hearts Sis Milly. Fridays won’t be the same without you.” -Mmabatho Modise

“My deepest condolences to you upon the passing of Millicent Manaka, may her precious soul rest in perfect peace.” -Mapule Goba

“We never expected such an untimely death of our colleague. She was a very gentle and noble soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Please accept my deepest condolences to your family. May eternal peace be granted on the departed soul. Pedido.” -Patricia Matjeng

“My deepest sympathy of the passing on of Ausi Millicent Manaka. Our love can never be more than a thought away. For as long as there is a memory, our love for you will live in our hearts to stay. May your soul rest in peace.” -Asphina Sikhauli

“My deepest sympathy goes to the Manaka family. May God give you strength to withstand the sudden shock. May her soul rest in peace. Kind Regards.” Mandisa

“Dearest Ses Milly. You have been part of my life and journey here in the WDB family, it has only been three years for me but the impact that you have to me has a lifetime effect. Me and you have gone beyond being colleagues, you have become my sister. I will miss all the talks and the more personal and private talks we had from time to time. Over time you have become my sister and my confidant. I have learnt so much from you and you have been part of my spiritual growth. Your calling was too soon and the pain is severe. You have left a living legacy for your children, Poland, Lebo and your grandchildren will forever miss your warm heart. Please find comfort in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.” –Smangele Thulare

From all of us at WDB – Robala ka Kgotso Mme Naniki.