- A young man proudly shared how he went from a shelf packer to a graduate
- According to Tintswalo Maluleke, he used to pack at Makro while attending his classes
- Maluleke now says that he looks forward to studying further in the future
Tintswalo Maluleke recently made himself truly proud after he graduated from the University f Pretoria as a qualified Physiotherapist. Before becoming a graduate, Maluleke worked as a shelf packer at Makro, something he surprisingly says he is grateful for.
“Mentally, it prepared me to be fearless and not to blame anyone when things didn’t go my way. All the hardships made me strong, inside and out.”
Maluleke also recalls sometimes going to his classes on an empty stomach but knowing that it would all be worth it in the end. Speaking in a heartwarming interview, Maluleke remembers spending hours unpacking boxes but thinking about where he would be once he eventually completes his studies.
“As little as I had earned, I made sure to cover everything. It was not easy; I would work long hours to make more money. I used to tell everyone that I would go back to school and everyone would laugh at me. But nothing stood in the way of my dream of becoming a physiotherapist," said Maluleka.
Meanwhile, in similar inspiring Briefly News, Mandilakhe Valela recently became a graduate from Rhodes University and while this was a proud moment for him indeed, what made it extra special was the fact that he had finally honoured his late dad who had always dreamed of watching his son walk across a stage as a graduate.
Valela, unfortunately, lost his dad Mlamli Valela to Covid-19 in 2020 just after he had started writing his exams. Naturally, the loss of his dad came as a huge shock, but Mandilakhe soldiered on with the goal of making his father proud in mind.
In an interview with Rhodes University, Mandilakhe describes his dad as a supportive educationalist who had had his back since he first started his journey as a student.
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