Perseverance pays off

2015-05-29 06:00
Thulani Dlamini.
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Thulani Dlamini. Photo: supplied

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FOR three years - between 2006 and 2009 - Thulani Dlamini from Bulwer had to live on bread and polony in order save money to be able to register at the University of Zululand. At the time he worked as a petrol attendant in Ixopo. But that is all in the past for Dlamini who graduated this week with a degree in nursing science. He recounted his journey to success saying he hoped it would inspire others who are faced with a situation like his. After finishing matric in 1998, Dlamini was unemployed for eight years, only surviving on doing piece jobs in his hometown of Bulwer. Although he had passed matric with exemption, his mother, a farm worker at the time, could not afford to send him to university. It was only in 2006 that he found employment as a petrol attendant. “I got the job through my brother who drives petrol tankers and moved to Ixopo. In the beginning I was earning about R500 a fortnight. I had to pay rent, give money to my mother and save for university and this meant that even KFC was a luxury as I only survived on bread and polony.” In January 2010, when he was earning R1 300 a fortnight, he resigned feeling he had enough saved. “I had saved R10 000 in those three years and knew I wanted to go to the university to study. Being a petrol attendant was never going to be my destiny,” Dlamini said.In 2010 he enrolled for a BSC foundation course at the University of Zululand. “It was difficult because I had never done physics before.” Also making life more difficult for Dlamini was the financial pressure he was facing. “I could not find residence on campus and I had to rent a room off-campus.” With the help of his pensioner mother he pulled through and the following year he registered for the four-year degree in nursing science. He is now doing his community service at the Estcourt Hospital. He hopes his story will inspire other UniZulu students, especially those who do not come from well-off families. - News24.

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