Meet Cabangile Mdluli: From poor township girl to varsity mentor

Meet Cabangile Mdluli: From poor township girl to varsity mentor

- Cabangile Mdluli grew up a lot faster than most as she had to head her household

- She made it with only R640 a month and managed to look after her family

- She went on to study and took an interest in youth struggles which turned into an NPO

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Courageous, brave and pure selflessness is the only way to describe the amazing woman. At a very young age, Cabangile Mdluli was put in a situation where she became the head of her household.

Cabangile found just how difficult it would be juggling between school work and supporting a family. Remarkably, she matriculated and is presently attending university studying to be a social worker.

Having endured all she has, Cabangile’s dream is to assist others that happen to be in the same situation she was in. An important issues is to put her siblings through university.

When the time came for Cabangile to venture from the township into a built up suburban area, she was overwhelmed with all the challenges she faced attending university.

Cabangile stayed in dorm where wifi was available. It was foreign to her but she soon came to realise just how important it would be in her life. Having used a bucket and face cloth to bathe, her first shower experience will be one she will never forget.

Cabangile braved the new experience but it did not cross her mind to bring a towel with. After her shower she had to run naked through a common area to get back to her room.

All these new adventures Cabangile was experiencing was nothing less than a blessing for her. To think she now had running water and the stress of electricity going off while she was studying was now in the past.

Cabangile is now 21, and in 2015 shared her originally story. It described the struggles she withstood having to be the primary carer to her three young siblings.

She had to make do with R640 a month which she received from the children’s grants and all this she still managed to be the top student at her school.

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She is now in her final year of studies and gives of her free time to mentor 1st and 2nd year students. She is studying a BA in Social work at UCT.

Cabangile said that being a mentor has been one of the best ways that she could have given of her time. She says her story and experiences enables her to be a role model and help and inspire others. learnt that Cabangile has immense passion to play a role in bettering South Africa, and hopes that one day all the fighting will stop and we find a solution to allow us to continue living peacefully.

Just 4 a years ago, an NPO was created to encourage and celebrate youth and their struggles. The NPO is based in Cape Town.

Salesian Life Choices runs The Youth Day storytelling campaign is a place where youth can share their stories in a safe place.

The basis of the campaign is everyone has a story to tell. Each story is unique with its values, so is the storyteller and those with whom the story is shared.

Youth will be given the opportunity to share stories with each other on social media in the month of June.

This is a truly beautiful initiative that allows people to tell their truth and feel safe whilst dong it. South Africa needs more places where youth feel motivated and safe, this is a brilliant start.

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