- Vuyile Ngqulunga has worked hard and is enjoying the fruits of her labour
- She is grateful to her parents for their support
- Her dream is to inspire others to follow in her footsteps
Vuyile Ngqulunga has worked very hard to realise her ambition of becoming a “strong, independent black woman”.
She now aims to focus on the second half of that goal – to empower other women like herself and help young children achieve greater results.
The young woman from Escourt believes that it is important for all women to understand that success comes from hard work and perserverance. Speaking out in commemoration of Women's Month, she said that her personal philosophy is to 'leave an impact wherever you go'.
"I am a woman who wants the world to be a better place. I want to leave a mark, and not to be forgotten”.
Today she is a proud Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and works at Engen’s Human Resource department in Cape Town.
She thanks her parents for their support and teaching her to face life with a positive attitude.
Vuyile knows that it was her own motivation and work ethic that secured her a spot in the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) programme at Howard College from grade 10 until she matriculated, setting her life on its current trajectory.
She added that the extra lessons she took helped her in matric.
“Since we were all from different schools, we were exposed to alternative ways of doing calculations and this highlighted that there’s always a solution to a problem. We had excellent teachers who have such a passion for what they do and that made learning much easier.”
The hardworking young woman was given a full bursary after matriculating. She says she is proud to be an example in her neighbourhood that it is possible to break away from the norm that sees many youngsters dropping out of school, incurring teenage pregnancy and abusing substances.
She hoped to one day start a youth program to give back to her community and inspire many others just like herself.
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