‘Unwavering discipline key to success’
THE Lungisisa Indlela Village for orphans is celebrating after its first group of teenagers passed their matric exams this week, many with distinctions.
Despite the many challenges they faced throughout their lives, Austin Moya, Muzi Gwayi, Mlondi Tsapa, Tshepang Guliwe and siblings Silindile and Justin Zulu, proved that with hard work and determination difficulties could be overcome.
Mlondi, Austin and Muzi obtained four distinctions each.
Tich Smith, who established the village in Cottonlands, Verulam, said he became emotional every time he saw the joy in the eyes of his six “grandchildren”, as he affectionately refers to them.
“Most of the children in our orphanage come from difficult backgrounds where there seemed to be little hope. Now look at them, they are the hope of the village and the country,” he said.
Smith said they had started with six pupils in 2011 and that number had since increased to 200.
Mlondi, who goes home to Maoti in Inanda during the holidays to visit his older siblings, will pursue a degree in psychology at the University of Johannesburg.
“I have always wanted to psychologist and help people their problems,” he said.
The matriculants said unwavering discipline was the key to their success.
Austin, who obtained two distinctions, said his excellent academic performance masked a tough life.
“I’ve been through a lot. My parents both died and I was left with my older sister who raised me,” he said.
He attributed his success to the encouragement of his sister and his high school teachers. be a with
TRIUMPH LUNGISISA Indlela Village pupils Silindile Zulu, 19, Austin Moya, 18, Muzi Gwayi, 18, Justin Zulu, 17, Mlondi Tsapa, 17 and Tshepang Guliwe, 19, celebrate their achievements. |