Losing a mother is one of the hardest things a person can go through. Silindile Maluleka faced that challenge last year when she lost her mom whilst studying for her BTech in Journalism. Despite losing her greatest inspiration, she forged on and completed her degree.
The determined young woman graduated with her Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Journalism from Durban University of Technology.
“I took a decision to deregister but I was discouraged by my family and peers. Eventually, I decided to continue with my studies, informing my lecturers of my situation, who were very understanding and supportive."
She told herself that her mother would have wanted her to complete her studies no matter what. Her late mother was a domestic worker. She worked hard to provide for Silindile and her older sister.
"She was a superwoman, just short of a cape because she maintained two households – that of her employer and her own."
For her, journalism had always been her choice of study and passion and she was ecstatic when she received the acceptance letter from DUT.
She has worked a number of jobs before settling into her current job. She started as an intern at the Daily News in 2008. From there she became a writer in 2013 for eThekwini Municipality Communications Unit. Then in 2018, she was appointed as a researcher in the Mayor’s Office.
She has found juggling her studies and work very difficult but rewarding. She said that she needed to make many sacrifices. Her advice to future journalists is that they will never have a dull moment in such a career.
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