Andile Ntuli has beat all the odds and attained his tertiary qualification after a life-altering accident that left him paralysed. The 26-year-old graduated National Diploma in Public Management from the Durban University of Technology.
The man from Pietermaritzburg has been through a difficult journey to reach his achievement.
“I am so happy beyond words I cannot really explain this feeling that I am going through. It was a rough ‘life’ journey but I am here”
He enrolled to study in 2014 was sadly involved in a severe car accident in December 2016. The accident left him paralysed and unable to use the lower half of his body.
"After the accident, I stayed in hospital for nearly three months, from December 2016 until mid-February 2017”
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The year 2017 was used to try and adjust to life in a wheelchair. However, in 2018, he made up his mind to go back to his studies and his persistence paid off.
“I could not get NSFAS funding which was a challenge, and finances became a struggle but my parents went out of their way and got me enrolled back at Riverside campus for my third year of study"
Being back on campus was not without its struggles.
“I have a brother of mine who was always with me and also my fellow class mates who carried me up to class venues that were located upstairs on campus"
Ntuli is pursuing further studies and is currently doing his BTech degree in Public Management. He is even considering possibly pursuing a Masters degree.
“It has been a difficult journey for me but if I can do it with all the obstacles and changes to my life that I had to make and adjust to, other students have no excuses and they can do it, so study hard.”
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