From a vendor to a teacher
YOUNG people should use every opportunity that comes their way to change their lives, rather than looking for any scapegoats for their failure.
This sentiment was shared by local vendor Thandeka Nkonyane (36), who is in the process of completing her teaching degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Nkonyane of Bomvini Reserve, outside Ngwelezana was raised by her grandmother.
‘Life was hard for me. After completing my matric in 2003, my grandmother passed away and that is when I realised that I was alone.
‘I had to do something to change my future.
‘Since growing up, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I’m happy that my dream is finally becoming a reality,’ she said.
Nkonyane started saving her earnings and attended a bridging course to upgrade her subjects at UNISA in 2011.
‘After completing my bridging course, I registered for my degree in 2012.
‘I then started selling fruit, chips, soft drinks, loose cigarettes, chicken livers and sweets.
‘It was not easy because I have two children to look after.
‘I’m sure that next year I will be graduating, as I am currently writing my final exams,’ she said.
Thandeka Nkonyane at her stall outside the UNISA premises in Richards Bay