- Tertiary education is an expensive endeavour and thousands of students are staying at home this year because of finances
- Bubu Sithole thought she was going home after she realized that registration was out of reach
- But Zonko came to her rescue, adamant to keep Bubu in school and on her destined path
Bubu Sithole thought that it was the end of the road when she had to come up with funds before she could register for her 2020 studies.
The traumatised student felt defeated and had packed her bags to start heading home:
"I’m currently packing my bags and going back home because I have outstanding fees and can’t register. I owe R29k &they want 17k for me to register provisionally. I was rejected by NSFAS twice in a row even after I sent through my mom’s death certificate and my dad’s disability papers."
Despite all the drama, Bubu was hellbent on completing her studies. When all efforts to obtain funds failed, her heart broke:
"Went to the MEC for Education in Freestate and they said they cannot help me because I’m from Johannesburg. I applied for a fundi eduloan it was declined. I’m gonna send through an appeal for Nsfas again this year. My heart aches so much, I just wanted to go to school. That’s all."
The story went viral as fellow students and citizens shared their sympathy for her struggle, but help was on the way.
Zonke noticed the situation and swooped in to set everything straight for an immensely grateful young woman:
"Have you left yet? Please let me help you stay in school."
Sitole confirmed that everything fell into place and it was an emotional for everyone involved:
"Besengilahle ithemba. UThixo uyaphila. This was all part of God’s plan. Registrations were closing on the 7th and were extended to till the 14th. Today my outstanding fees were paid up, I’ll be registering on Monday. It was all God’s plan."
Bubu was shaken by the love shown by total strangers and says the moment will stay with her forever:
"Thank you so so much for all retweets, prayers and words of encouragement friends. I will never forget this day in my life. Ngyabonga sis Zonke. Kwande lapho uthatha khona, thank you for believing that I’m deserving for this opportunity. My eyes leak but I’m happy."
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