- Zandile Mawela overcame many obstacles to become a nurse and she plans on taking her studies further
- She was accepted into the Engen Maths and Science School based in Cala, which changed her life
- One of her teachers inspired her to take responsibility for her own life: "If it's to be, it's up to me"
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Zandile Mawela has a dream - she wants to get her Master's degree and take her skills overseas to help people. However, Covid-19 has put her dreams on hold for the moment. Despite this Zandile has been heroically fighting on the frontlines against the virus.
“After working as a nurse for three years in the Eastern Cape, I was extremely excited as I managed to secure a new position in Saudi Arabia and was planning to relocate but then lockdown happened and I was unable to travel,” reflects Zandile.
In spite of the setbacks, Zandile has remained positive and has looked back at the journey she has travelled. She overcame hardships and poverty to become a nurse. She didn't have it easy, growing up in a small village called Mbenge near Cala in the Eastern Cape.
She is a very loving and generous person, she is the primary caregiver of her younger brother and a foster parent to her sister's kids.
Although she gladly helps, it has placed an enormous psychological and emotional toll on her.
“My Women's Day message to my fellow women is to always remember that we are enough! We are strong! We are talented! There isn't anything that we put our minds to, that we can't achieve. We're not our parents' mistakes, we are not our backgrounds, but we are only responsible for our own future and for the future of our children.”
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She lost her dad at four and her mom at 17. she also ended up losing her grandmother, who raised her.
Her childhood was a poor one with very little in the way of material possessions but her life changed when she was accepted to the Engen Maths and Science School based in Cala when she was in Grade 10.
“I attended Batandwa Ndondo Senior Secondary and was one of a handful of learners accepted into the Engen programme from my school. For the first time in my life, I started to believe in myself. My confidence grew and the idea that I could be the first person in my family to pass matric and go to university seemed possible.”
She had to overcome many obstacles to succeed and one of her teacher's words struck a nerve, Mrs Daniso helped her get through some dark times with a special message.
"If it is to be, it's up to me. I believe that I'm not responsible for my past, but what happens in my future is totally my responsibility.”
Once Covid-19 is no longer an obstacle, Zandile will reach for the stars.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Master KG's hit song Jerusalema all over the world. While people in France, Italy and even Romania bust a move to the song, we love seeing our fellow South Africans getting down on the tune.
A video was shared on the #ImStaying Facebook group on Wednesday by social media user Kylie Cecil. She captioned the post:
"Even with a pandemic we gotta love South Africa."
The video shows healthcare workers dancing to Master KG's . The clip was originally posted in May by Fanelesibonge Ndlou Author.
In other news, John Haslett has taken to Facebook to praise his wife, Catherine Haarhoff Haslett, on the #ImStaying group. He calls her his "beautiful wife and hero".
She is an internal medicine specialist and has been working tirelessly with the scant resources at her disposal to help those in her care.
Briefly.co.za learned that he recalls a specific case where she was able to save a couple in their 30's who were almost put on a ventilator but her quick thinking saved the couple from a risky treatment. Many who go onto ventilators do not recover.
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