‘I was born in Nkandla hospital in 1998, and I grew up in Nkandla at Chwezi village. I was raised by my grandmother with my other 2 cousins. My mother left when I was young and even though my father was there, he didn’t have much to do with me.
My family didn’t have much. Even now we don’t, but we never went to bed on an empty stomach. Granma did everything she could to make sure we did not starve. She had livestock as well as a garden and that’s where we got food. I wouldn’t say I had a rough childhood because I believe it has made me the person I am today, but I really wouldn’t want my children to have the same childhood. The financial situation at home has always been terrible – even to this day.
Looking back, at my first and second years of study, we had a mentor (Sis Ndoni) provided by Umthombo. Sis Ndoni was like my guide; not only academically but in all aspects of my life. I remember the one time she called a meeting and the meeting was about “how are we going to make a name for ourselves”. It was about building our own legacy. Honestly, at that time I thought it was “madness”. I thought to myself “Why build my own legacy, I mean, pharmacy is enough, it should be enough”. Little did I know what she meant. I thought I did but I didn’t.
After my exams this year I was reminiscing about that meeting a lot and it came to a point where I realised how important that meeting was, and if it wasn’t for it I doubt I’d be wanting the things I do now.
I am determined to build my own legacy, I have much bigger goals and dreams. My mind and my life has changed, and it all started with that meeting called by sis Ndoni, the same sis Ndoni who was provided by Umthombo.
Umthombo Youth Development Fund did not only change my financial situation, but also my mentality, and my mindset.’