The news of Narina Horn, our former Managing Member passing away suddenly in November 2016 has spread through Skills-Universe, contact with clients and Facebook but we still get into contact with folks who are not aware.
Other than that, we feel Narina deserves a tribute.
Narina was born in 1955, attended school in Walvis bay and attended university at Tuks in 1974.
Narina Horn started her education and training career in the South African Army in 1976. She was one of the first women ever, to reach an officer rank. After that she commenced training officers.
Narina’s early days in the army
When she left the army in 1981, she started work at Nedbank in the training division. She always used to say that she was born an educator and boy, did this lady educate! She often said that you are paid and standing in class for the learner who struggles. Your purpose as an educator is to get these guys through.
1980s after leaving the army
She could be tough as nails as well! People often stood flabbergasted when she took the drill sergeant approach, barked orders and left you speechless, but you knew exactly what you had to do. Afterwards, she would tell you that when nothing else worked, this was the most direct way of getting the information to the recipient and it never failed; the army way.
In later years, she was involved in a Department Of Justice project training End User Computing. During the project, she found that the learning material could be so much better and this was the beginnings of SmartScript. It was here in 2003 that Pam & Narina, our two shareholders started on a wonderful journey.
Some of our early clients were Ozone, AST (now Gijima AST) and He&She, a very dear client, still with us today 14 years later.
Narina made such a difference in the industry! The learning material she wrote was her pride in life. She firmly believed that education was the way forward for anyone willing to work hard to change their circumstances and the way forward for this country. Together, Pam & Narina helped countless new providers get on their feet, always with the end game in mind, the learner. Helping the learner by making the learning material user friendly for them has always been the main focus at SmartScript.
Narina never stood back from any challenge, most often a good battle of wits with one of the SETAs.
2012 at a cricket game. She was an avid supporter of all South African sports.
She was large as life. A huge personality, always willing to help, always at the top of her game, smart as a whip, but with a tiny heart made of gold.
The industry lost a giant the day Narina passed. Tributes poured in, the phones rang off the hook and stories of Narina’s charity, that nobody ever knew about, because that’s the kind of person she was, touched all our hearts.
We want to thank each and every person who contributed to her rich and colourful life.
We love you and miss you every day.
Below are some of the tributes from others.