Selfless gogo sells bed to assist grandson

2014-02-15 00:00

THE story of a Durban grandmother who sold her bed to pay for her grandson’s registration fees has been given a happy ending.

When orphan Sandiso Shange (18) could not register to study this year, he became frustrated but did not share this with his grandmother Khanyi Sibiya (70) as he knew she could do little to help.

Sibiya found out that her grandson was not going to study and decided to act by selling her double bed for R2 000.

“A young man had just moved into our complex. I approached him and explained my situation. After looking at the bed, he said he would pay the R2 000. That was a relief because I knew I could add it to my government grant for my child to register,” she said.

After selling the bed, Sibiya slept on a mattress for about two weeks before the word spread that she sacrificed the comfort of her bed to send her grandchild to university.

After hearing about Sibiya’s sacrifice for her grandchild’s future, Durban businessperson Param Joseph volunteered to take over all the costs of Shange’s studies for the duration of the course.

The Mattress King owner asked DUT to reimburse the registration fees and gave Sibiya a new bed. For pocket money, Joseph offered Shange an opportunity to work at any of his branches over weekends. “Not everyone would go to this extreme for their grandchildren. This is a very touching story. It is inspirational … I’m only glad to help this young man realise his dream,” said Joseph.

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