With Covid-19 topping the news across the world, it's hard to focus on anything but the pandemic. But between all the doom and gloom, there were South Africans who have shared their inspirational stories in a year where nothing seemed to be looking up.
We've compiled a list of 5 inspirational stories that moved us this year.
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He never knew his mother. And his life was turned upside down when he was taken away from his father, only to brought into an abusive environment.
He thought life would never be normal, at least not for him. Until his first primary school friend changed his life forever.
Lucky du Plessis tells Drum that he was only 5 years old when he met his now brother, Charl.
“For me, it has been amazing,” he says. “I grew up in a family where there was so much love and there has never been a time when I was made to feel like an outsider just because I am not a biological member of the family.”
Lekau was born in Limpopo but grew up in Ivory park in Gauteng.
His early life wasn’t easy, as his parents had divorced and his unemployed mother was left to find a way to make ends meet for him and his siblings.
From hardship, he rose to become an entrepreneur who runs his own, hugely successful shoe business.
“Being an engineer was more of a dream and making shoes was a survival tool. I made sneakers to survive – I didn’t think I’d one day become a sneaker entrepreneur,” he says.
Finding your purpose in life is not always a straightforward path. Sometimes other people recognise your gift before you can see it yourself.
Fikile Zungu tells Drum she had no idea that she had a natural talent for cooking until the people she was working for as a cleaner saw it and pushed her to pursue it.
Fikile worked as a cleaner for many years and she had the opportunity to move to Belgium to work for a former South African ambassador of that country. Her break came when the chef of the house disappeared and there was a vacant position available for a cook.
Little did she know that her life was about to change for the better.
She thought she had found her prince charming, the man whom she was going spend the rest of her life.
Little did she know that he would change her life forever.
The self-published author tells Drum that even though her journey to telling her family wasn’t easy, she is really proud of her mother and how she handled everything since.
“To change a mindset of a 72-year-old, it is not easy because they are dead set on their ways. So I challenged her to the core, and I am really proud of her in general".
He thought he had it all. A fancy club, luxury cars, friends who hung on to his every word.
He had everything he had ever wanted, but because he never worked for them, he lost them just as quickly as he got them.
For years Themba Lukhele (41) lived a life of crime. He never imagined that it would one day catch up with him.
“Life is not an audition. One mistake can change everything. I cannot undo my past, but I can help someone to make the right choices,” he says.“Toda