Mpumalanga woman inspires: Gets her matric certificate at 32-years old

Mpumalanga woman inspires: Gets her matric certificate at 32-years old

- A 32-year-old woman from Mpumalanga has made her family very proud

- Although she had to face many difficulties, Athalia Mashile managed to matriculate

- The inspiring woman now hopes to study further so she can help her community

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Athalia Mashile is disabled and had a very tough time getting her matric certificate. It was not easy at all but she never gave up.

Because she persevered, she could finish high school and earned the respect of countless South Africans.

Her mother, Merlina, is very proud of her achievement, gathered.

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Athalia wants to study further and assist her community. She hopes to study social work at the University of Free State.

Her message to people with disabilities:

"They must accept and trust themselves; it can sometimes be difficult - you must persevere."

The Department of Education has granted Athalia a bursary so she can further her studies.

People who heard about Athalia's story were very proud of her and wish her the best in her future.

She is serving as a big inspiration to others.

Cleopatra Knights

"Congratulations Athalia you made Bushbuckridge proud and Tladishi high school is on the map because of you"

Ntswaki Glanny

"Congratulations sisters you made us proud may the lord continues to bless you more and grant you with the desire of your heart 'pele eya pele'"

Christine Chambers

"Congratulations! Well done you should be soo proud of yourself"

Thometsana Khiba

"Congratulations and very well done to her. All the best for her future endeavours."

Siyavuya Mavume

"Congratulations Sisi to inspire many to follow and to believe in themselves!!!"

Lavina Ramesar Kamrajh

"What a story.. true inspiration. Never give up!!!"

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