‘Un­wa­ver­ing dis­ci­pline key to suc­cess’

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - KWANDOKUHLE NJOLI African News Agency (ANA)

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

NQOBILE MBONAMBI

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. |

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