'Disability just means you do things differently'

2015-11-20 21:07
Nkosinati Duma uses his feet to write (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Nkosinati Duma uses his feet to write (Kaveel Singh, News24)

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Durban – "Just keep fighting and your strength will show itself."

That's the philosophy that Nkosinati Duma, 28, wakes up with every day.

Despite being born with cerebral palsy, which has left him with minimal use of his hands, Duma doesn't let that hold him back.

Using his feet instead of his hands, Duma is determined to further his education so that he can one day work in the travel and tourism industry.

He has written his economic management science paper at the Hope Adult Education Centre in Wentworth.

For Duma, living with a disability has taught him that life doesn't have to be limited.

"It simply means you do things differently," he said.

"I feel that I need to further my education. I do not want to stop doing what I want to do. I am on NQF level 4 now and I hope to attend college to further study travel and tourism."

But that's not all.

Duma also has a keen interest in music.

'He is also a big fan of rap music'

Nursing staff at his residence, the Merewent Cheshire Home, said he had often expressed artistic talent.

Clerk Lindsay Martin said: "He writes with his toes for his exams, yes, but he is also a big fan of rap music. He writes his own lyrics and often makes his own mixes during his free time."

Duma said he was a big fan of Eminem and local hip hop artist Cassper Nyovest.

"I like to paint as well. When I feel down, I go into my room and play music as loud as I can. I want to one day become a producer and put out great music that everyone can listen to."

As he demonstrated his writing skills, Duma consistently refused any assistance.

Ever the optimist, Duma gave a wry smile as he calmly and efficiently opened his bag and chose a pen with which to write.

"He does not even like us to bath him. He does this on his own because he has... determination," Martin said.

When asked why he would not accept assistance Duma said: "I want to inspire others to fight hard and do everything their potential can allow them to do. We are all strong inside, but we need to keep pushing ourselves. I want people out there to know that they can do anything."

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