Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director (PED) Lifias Masukume has died, aged 53.
Masukume succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday morning at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) after a brief battle with the virus.
His death was confirmed by the Director of Communication in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Taungana Ndoro. Said Ndoro:
I confirm that we have lost or provincial education director for Matabeleland South, Mr Lifias Masukume.
This is indeed a great loss to the education fraternity, and we are devastated because we have lost a master educationist who dedicated his life and career to service in the fraternity.
We have sadly lost him to the ravages of this pandemic. We are however grateful for his sterling work.
Masukume was appointed PED in 2018, following the promotion of then PED Tumisang Thabela to the Permanent secretary’s post.