Teen mother of 2 graduates, inspires SA: It is never too late


– Lindiwe Shabane gave birth to two children while still in her teens

– Although she was ridiculed within her own community, she went on to achieve her academic dreams

– While working part-time, she still managed to graduate and is now aiming for her Honours degree

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Lindiwe Shabane is a typical example of how the talented youth of South Africa can easily be derailed from achieving their dreams.

Like many young women, Lindiwe fell pregnant at a young age. In fact, she went on to have two children before the age of 20.

With members of her community treating her with disdain, it seemed all hope may have been lost.

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However, the young lady is testament to the power of hard work and determination as she forced her way back on track.

Lindiwe told Briefly.co.za:

“I registered at one of the TVET colleges in 2013 for Engineering Automotive Repair and Maintenance where I did Level 2, 3 and 4. I realised later that I chose the wrong profession.”

Lindiwe decided to register at the University of Mpumalanga and the blood, sweat and tears paid off as she obtained her degree.

Lindiwe Shabane
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Source: UGC

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She says:

“During my undergraduate years, it was not easy. I used to sell snacks for the past three years, so that I can take care of my kids and family, during recess I would go to the restaurant and work part time, sometimes on weekends. Yoo, it was so tiring and draining.”

Lindiwe has been blessed to have received a bursary through an employer group and is currently targeting her Honours degree in Development of Studies.

Lindiwe shared an important message to young South Africans:

“I would love to encourage all single mothers and teenagers who got pregnant and decide to drop out of school out there, that it is never too late.”

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that a married couple, who both work as teachers, have graduated together.

John and Ntebaleng Lekoana both bagged their Honours degrees in Educational Management from Unisas College of Education.

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