- Malum Gavini grew up in an informal settlement and his family was underprivileged
- Gavini could not afford to go study but his life was changed by a 'queen' woman
- He's life changed in such a way that he could build his mother a new house
On Wednesday, Malum Gavini detailed how his life changed thanks to a kind woman called Milly Jarvis.
Gavini revealed he grew up in an informal settlement during the 80s in the Fourways area. In 2005, the squatters were relocated to RDP houses in Cosmo City.
Briefly.co.za learned while he was in high school, Gavini met a 'white' lady. Milly Jarvis headed a tourism company and had mostly European clients.
"During her spare time she did charity work in Joburg's northern townships and informal settlements and schools, she ran a feeding scheme and provided stationery and uniform to the kids," he explained.
Gavini said he matriculated with good grades and he got accepted at the University of Pretoria. However, his family could not afford to pay for his studies.
Jarvis pulled through for him, arranging sponsorship for him from a German couple - Kris and Keterine - as well as from a German gentleman named Guido.
The kind people covered his tuition fees, accommodation, food and clothing. Because of Jarvis and the people she convinced to help him, Gavini went on to become a marine engineer.
"Today I work as a marine engineer sailing around the world on container ships working for the biggest container shipping company in the world because uGogo Milly, as we refer to her, saw potential in me and exhausted her resources to lend a helping hand to a fellow South African."
Gavini said he has since been blessed enough to upgrade his mother's RDP house to a beautiful home - he shared a photo on the #ImStaying's Facebook page.
"It might not be a big deal to someone else but to a person who grew up in a one-bedroom shack, it's humbling," he wrote.
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