From domestic worker to graduate: Single mom achieves her dreams

From domestic worker to graduate: Single mom achieves her dreams

- Nandipha Sithalanga graduated with a degree in education

- The inspiring woman worked as a domestic worker

- Sithalanga also had to raise her child as a single parent

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On Wednesday, a woman, Claudette Biggar Ramsaran, took to Facebook to share the inspiring story of her domestic worker, Nandipha Sithalanga.

Ramsaran revealed Sithalanga graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education in May this year. To top it off, Sithalanga graduated with three distinctions, including in English and Maths.

However, Sithalanga's road to her degree was far from an easy one. gathered she had to return back to school at the age of 22 to complete Grade 11 and matric.

"She was the oldest in her class, and would often be teased about being a gogo, however none of this deterred Nandi as she was determined to finish school and be a teacher," Ramsaran wrote.

Sithalanga managed to complete high school and she enrolled in an education course at Unisa. It took the former domestic worker nine years to finish her degree, during which time she worked as a nanny, cleaner, maid and packer to fund her studies.

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From domestic worker to graduate: Single mom achieves her dreams

Nandipha Sithalanga at her graduation: Photo credit: Claudette Biggar Ramsaran/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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Sithalanga - a single parent - also had to provide for her 14-year-old teen, who was diagnosed with cerebal palsy that led to blindness.

Luckily, she has her mother to help take care of him.

"As a family we ensured it was possible for Nandi to attend Potchefstroom University for six weeks in order to do her biology practicals which was essential to completing her degree, we also ensured that Nandi got to attend her graduation ceremony," Ramsaran added.

However, despite getting her degree, the graduate is still battling to find a job and Ramsaran called on Mzansi to help her.

"She is prepared to relocate anywhere within KZN to teach and is anxiously waiting to finally be in a classroom and making a difference."

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