From a ven­dor to a teacher

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Muzi Zin­c­ume

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

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