Inspiring graduate overcame abuse and poverty to succeed in life

Inspiring graduate overcame abuse and poverty to succeed in life

- Sinethemba recently graduated from university with many distinctions despite his difficult life

- He overcame poverty and an abusive father to reach his dream

- Sinethemba wants the youth of South Africa to keep thinking positively about their futures

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Sinethemba's parents were still very young when he was born. His mom was 16 and his dad 17. Sadly, his father didn't want anything to do with either the mom or the child at the time.

Sinethemba's mom had to live with her parents in a shack. He was actually raised by his grandparents and never knew his mom - he thought she was his sister. They were 8 people sharing the same shack.

His impoverish situations only fuelled Sinethemba's desire to do well in life. He moved to his dad's place when he was 11, but the man was abusive.

Sinethemba spent long hours at school to avoid his father. This led to him excelling in school.

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The young boy continued to work hard and eventually got accepted into university. His father did not contribute financially, but his grandmother managed to pay his registration fee.

Sinethemba found his new freedom and independence at university overwhelming at first.

But he continued to study hard and do well. He signed up for the campus mentorship programme and did so well that he became a mentor.

When Sinethemba was at home, he tutored the children from his community. He wanted to uplift them.

Early in 2018, Sinethemba graduated from UWC in BA Linguistics and Psychology. He received 19 distinctions and 4 awards from the Vice Chancellors Student Development Services.

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Sinethemba was also rewarded with a prestigious Dean’s Merit Award.

The graduate is now registered for a Post Graduate qualification in Education. He is also an assistant lecturer for 1st-year students at the university.

Sinethemba's words of wisdom to the youth of South Africa is to stay positive. He said that it was his positive thinking that helped him forward in life.

He wants the youth of South Africa to believe in themselves and hold on tight to their dreams.

What an inspiring young man.

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