GEORGE NEWS - At university graduation ceremonies many students are rewarded for the work they put in over years, but it isn't plain sailing for all of them. Some have had to overcome big obstacles to achieve their qualification.
One such student is Sine Mluma, who graduated with a National Diploma in Tourism Management at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) on Wednesday 3 April. He describes his achievement as one of the most difficult but rewarding ones in his life.
Mluma hails from a village called Nqamakhwe in the Eastern Cape. He lost his mother, the sole breadwinner of the family, in 2010, which made the road to achieving his dream of obtaining a tertiary qualification a difficult one. "Things were not easy at all, it was very difficult but I had no choice but to persevere against all odds," says Mluma.
He started studying in 2016. Mluma was greatly supported by Clyde Booysen, a line manager at NMU George Campus, who with his wife Rosina became the parents he so desperately needed. He says the Booysens were a pillar of strength for him on his journey.
"They are my parents. I think one doesn't have to be a biological parent to be considered by someone as a parent. Parenthood is through love and support and these two have played that role and even more. I am grateful for all their support and love."
Mluma hopes to continue with his studies in Cape Town next year.
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