Gundasamy Kuppusami a pioneering Tamil scholar and author who was instrumental in persuading the South African government to introduce Tamil as a language at secondary schools, has died at the age of 103.
He began his career as a teacher and went on to become the first inspector of schools when the system was still segregated by race under apartheid. He was also a prolific author on education and Tamil culture among Indians there, and he was a founder member and longest serving member of the South African Tamil Federation (SATF), whose representative Bobby Pillay said he was one of the greatest scholars they had.
He drafted the layout of the first Tamil alphabet card that SATF printed and distributed to all Tamil organizations in the country. He was also responsible for spearheading the numerous Tamil teacher programmes that SATF held.
Mr Kuppusami’s funeral took place at his hometown Durban.