Felix Mshololo was born in 1954 in Durban. He attended Adams College, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Zululand then finished his B.eD at the University of Natal. Between 1977 and 1987 he worked at Swelihle High School as a teacher. In 1988 he was appointed as Principal at Phezulu High School. In 1990 he was appointed in the same position at Menzi High School, a post he held until he passed away in February 2015.
When Mshololo joined Menzi High School, the school was underperforming at a pass rate of 34%.
Through empathy, and the understanding that Menzi learners come from disadvantaged communities, where educational individuality is compromised by many factors, Mshololo and his team sacrificed their time to extend school hours for studying and extra lessons. Neighbouring schools also benefit from these extra hours of teaching.
As a school manager, Mshololo was tasked to assist underperforming schools either by District manager or by individual schools. In 2013 he helped Inwabi High School improve their pass rate from 20% to 79%. He further secured sponsorship for the school through SASRIA, an insurance company that funded Maths and Science tuition and donated other items that are relevant to learning. Individual schools also received a thorough workshop from Mshololo’s team. He forged partnership with companies such as SASRIA and Ernst & Young to fund the university education of hardworking learners from financially challenged families.
Mshololo also assisted learners in submitting their CAO applications to Universities and organizes public servants within his church to raise funds to feed the poor.
Menzi High School was recognised at the KZN Education Department awards for schools obtaining 100% Matric pass rate in the years 2010, 2012 and 2013 and Mshololo was nominated as the Best Principal in the Kader Asmal Awards for KZN in 2014.
May his soul rest in eternal peace!