‘Ev­ery­thing is part of God’s grand de­sign’

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‘GOD never makes mis­takes, but al­ways has a plan for you,’

Af­ter a tragic car ac­ci­dent left Mtun­zini fa­ther Man­dlenkosi ‘Hlun­guh­lungu’ Mh­longo (52) with a dis­fig­ured face, crushed skull and dis­lo­cated up­per limbs, he is us­ing his mis­for­tune to en­cour­age oth­ers.

Hail­ing from the dusty roads of KwaSb­hamu Re­serve in Mtun­zini, Man­dlenkosi jok­ingly says he was a born ladies’ man who turned heads and charmed ev­ery girl.

‘That was the rea­son for me be­ing mar­ried four times.

‘But that day my life changed, not for the worst, but for the bet­ter,’

While trav­el­ling to his home in 2003, his car was hit by a truck at the KwaDlangezwa in­ter­sec­tion and his body was dragged along the rough road.

His scalp and skin were peeled off and he suf­fered ma­jor in­juries which left him to­tally un­recog­nis­able.

‘Af­ter wak­ing up in hos­pi­tal and not recog­nis­ing my­self in the mir­ror, I had to make a de­ci­sion

- hate my­self or ac­cept God’s plan.

‘When I came out of hos­pi­tal, many peo­ple ran away and oth­ers spread the ru­mour that I was dead. Some mocked me, but sur­viv­ing the ac­ci­dent gave me a sec­ond chance at life,’

‘I lost my looks but my brain still worked. I de­cided then not to let the situation put me down,’ he said.

Since then, Man­dlenkosi has worked hard towards re­build­ing his life and ensuring he con­tin­ued to be a pro­duc­tive mem­ber of his com­mu­nity.

Not only does he own his own small trans­port busi­ness which helps school chil­dren in the area, but he also wants to one day own a farm which will sup­ply his com­mu­nity with food..

‘I couldn’t sit around do­ing noth­ing at home, and I hate it when peo­ple feel sorry for me. I know when I put my mind to it, I can make things hap­pen. When the ac­ci­dent hap­pened, God made sure my brain was un­touched and that I will never be put to waste,’ said Man­dlenkosi.

Wher­ever he goes, Man­dlenkosi preaches about sec­ond chances and en­cour­ages young­sters to al­ways see the pos­i­tive in ev­ery situation.

‘I teach them to learn to ac­cept any situation and un­der­stand ev­ery­thing that hap­pens is part of

God’s grand de­sign.

As long as you can still think and use your brain your life is not over,’ he said.

This brave fa­ther of 12 sons is not only an emerg­ing en­tre­pre­neur, but uses his voice to spread love and cheer to oth­ers through mu­sic.

I had to make a de­ci­sion - hate my­self or ac­cept God’s plan

Man­dlenkosi ‘Hlun­guh­lungu’ Mh­longo (52) is us­ing his suffering to en­cour­age oth­ers

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