- Tinyiko Gwambe, who has no arms or legs, obtained 16 distinctions
- She is ready to pursue her Masters degree studies
- However, she needs a custom-made car or risk dropping out
A 22-year-old student has overcome a rare condition that left her with no arms and legs to obtain 16 distinctions.
Tinyiko Gwambe is ready to start her Masters degree after completing her social work degree at the University of Pretoria, Briefly.co.za gathered.
However, because of her disability, she needs a custom-made car to move around much more easily or risk dropping out. The car costs about R350,000.
Born with a rare condition.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, Tinyiko said:
Independence is important to me because I am treated like a child.
She moved to Pretoria in 2014 from her home village of Tshimamba near Thohoyandou in Limpopo to pursue her studies.
Tinyiko was born with tetraamelia syndrome, a rare condition that caused her disability.
Only R4,000 raised so far.
She and her sister, Willemina Gwambe, have raised around R4,000 so far on social media. The talented student said without transport, she cannot move on her own:
The recent challenge I faced was during the heavy rains last month. It was impossible to use the bus to where I am doing practicals.
In some instances, Tinyiko had to use her rent money to hire private taxis, which are much more expensive.
Magriet Spies, Tinyiko's lecturer, praised her resilience. She added that Tinyiko will have to travel to rural areas as part of her studies, hence the need for the custom-made car.
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