A 40-year-old cleaner graduated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. While it’s already an achievement to graduate, for Sthembile Mngwengwe it’s an even bigger achievement because she is also an employee at the university.
Fourteen years ago, Sthembile was employed as a cleaner. She has always wanted to study after she matriculated, but her parents didn’t have enough money to send her to university. So, when the university offered to pay for her tuition because she is an employee, she grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
She told You Magazine that balancing work and studies gave her “a lot of stress, but if you work hard and pray to God, He will help you to achieve what you want”.
Her routine wasn’t easy. She used to get up at dawn and attend classes in between doing her job. Not only was Sthembile balancing the work/study element, but she is also a single mother.
Sthembile hopes her story will inspire others to pursue their dreams even when they don’t seem all that possible, reports You magazine.
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