Exclusive: Woman moves from being a local spaza worker to saving lives

Exclusive: Woman moves from being a local spaza worker to saving lives

- Simangele MaNtuli Simamane have been praised for achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse

- She spent years working in a local spaza shop saving up money for her studies because her parents were struggling

- She passed her matric in 2003 and only became a general nurse in 2019 but she never gave up on seeing her dream through

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By Zakithi Dlamini - Freelance Journalist

Simangele MaNtuli Simamane has become a beacon of hope for young and struggling women in her area. She moved from serving customers from a spaza shop to saving lives.

The 34-year-old go-getter from KwaSimamane in Ndwedwe is proud that she managed to fulfil her life long dream of becoming a nurse. She said she spent years working in a local spaza shop to save money for her studies.

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It may have taken her long time to reach her goal but she said it was worth it. When she finished her matric in 2003 at Sifisosethu High School, she became hopeless as her parents did not have money to further her studies. This dynamic diva had no option of giving up as nursing was her calling.

Fearless woman moves from being a local spaza worker to saving lives
Simangele MaNtuli Simamane finally became a nurse after working hard for many years. Photo: Supplied.
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“I didn’t choose to be a nurse, it chose me. It was my first love and my only choice. It was not easy but my passion kept me going. I never gave up on my dream of becoming a nurse but my journey was not easy,” she said.

Simangele said she always cared about other people's health and always wanted to help. After shifting from door to door trying to reach her goal, she finally became a general nurse in 2019.

She encouraged young women from poor background to grab every opportunity that comes and never give up, no matter the circumstances.

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“As hard as my journey was, the challenges, the struggles, the support from family was amazing. My parents may not have had money to take me to college but they always encouraged me not to dispair,” added Simangele.

Today Simangele did not only achieve her nursing career but she also scored a family of her own, a husband and two beautiful children. The residents of KwaSimamane have praised her for setting a good example to other youngsters in the area and youth from rural areas.

“I believe women are capable of anything as they are God's best creation. Young people must grab every opportunity that comes. Be patient and have faith. My faith carried me through. Never lose hope,” Simangele said.

Meanwhile, in August, Briefly.co.za reported that nurse Sive Ningiza, warmed the hearts of scores of South Africans with her selflessness.

Ningiza was busy with her shift when a mother came to the hospital in need of medical care. However, she had her little girl with her and it made the situation difficult.

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The inspiring nurse decided to step in to help the mom and she was photographed carrying the baby on her back while she conducted her work and the mother received medical attention.

Showing South Africans what it is like for nurses during these difficult times, Ningiza posted the snaps on her social media page. She captioned the photos:

"The show had to go on while they were busy with mom."

South Africans praised Ningiza for going the extra mile to help take care of the baby and for putting her life at risk every day to fight on the frontlines in the battle against Covid-19.

Twitter user, @senzwa16, commented:

"Congratulations sister, when you are passionate about what you do results show kanje."

Another tweep, @dramadelinquent, added:

"Nurses are so underpaid. You're amazing."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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