- Hlulani Malungani started losing his eyesight in 2008
- Before finishing matric exams in 2014, he lost his eyesight completely
- He is now a third year psychology student at UJ
Hlulani Malungani’s inspirational story is a tale of hard work, resilience and excellence that has left thousands of South Africans in tears. Although Hlulani lost is eyesight shortly before completing his matric exams a few years ago, he preserved and despite the odds, Hlulani is now a third year Psychology student at University of Johannesburg.
Hlulani who is from a village in Giyani started losing his sight in 2008 before going completely blind in 2014. Adjusting to such a major changer was difficult for the youngster, especially before attending a school that catered for his condition.
“I was in a normal school for primary and part of high school. It was really hard growing up because the other kids would make fun of me and laugh at me,” Hlulani said to IOL.
Hlulani lost his vision completely after accidentally walking into a wall, shortly after undergoing an operation. He then began learning braille, so he could continue with his studies.
Hlulani matriculated from Rivoni School for the Blind as a top pupil in 2016 and was awarded a Vodacom bursary before beginning his university education firmly believing that education is what is needed to change society.
“To learners who are still studying, work hard and do the things that will help you to excel; don’t spend your time uselessly,” said Hlulani.
Hlulani leaves a lasting impression on those he encounters evident by the positive comments made on Twitter.
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