- A young man recently shared how he went from a cleaner at the University to a lecturer at the very same institution
- He is now a senior physiotherapy lecturer at the University of Cape Town - something he himself thought to be impossible
- He has now named a number of people that helped him to where he is but one person in particular made it all possible
Ntsikelelo Pefile is living proof that determination and believing something can work out for you - actually does make things happen. The young man who is now a senior physiotherapy lecturer at the University of Cape Town was not always a lecturer.
Pefile's story starts out from the point where he used to accompany his aunt - a domestic worker - to go and clean the house of university chancellor Dr Stuart Saunders, the man who helped make a big difference in the outcome of his life.
As a Christmas gift, Saunders paid for Pefile to get a tutor which saw him excel as a student. Soon he was headed to a better school - Rhodes High and this is something Saunders had also helped him accomplish.
After finishing school, Pefile landed himself a job as a cleaner at the school and was then introduced to the medical school by his aunt who also helped him get into contact with other students in the physiotherapy department.
After learning all about it, he then decided to apply for Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape, with the help of his aunt who secured a loan from Dr Ramphele at UCT, who after seeing Pefile's perfect transcript, had no choice but to say yes, a TimesLive article reports. After completing his studies, Pefile went back to UCT where he is now a senior lecturer.
Briefly.co.za also reported about Kelly Slingers is a local female pilot turned humanitarian who is looking to make a big difference in the lives of underprivileged young ladies who have hopes of one day also taking to the sky in their own aircraft.
Slinger's initiative, which is called, Plane Project, looks to scout out underprivileged young women who have excelled in the fields of maths and science and are looking to enter the field of flying but are unable to do so.
Lesego Mahlodi is one of the young women who Slinger has taken under her wing. While she is currently hunting for funding to pursue her studies, Slingers is certain that will secure the funding soon.
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