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Saturday February 16th 2019

Working class moms send two bright sons to top SA varsity

STEPPING UP … Working-class youths Sibusiso Tshikili (left) and Masonwabe Ndyosi, both 18, took their first steps to overcome poverty when they started their first year at the University of Cape Town. Photo: Mike Loewe/WCN

They carry the working-class hopes of about 30 family members on their shoulders.

Sibusiso Tshikili and Masonwabe Ndyosi, both 18, come from the hard-worn streets of Kraaifontein, a struggling township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Yesterday they took the grand staircase flowing up to the University of Cape Town’s historic Jameson Hall to start fulfilling their dream of obtaining world-class degrees – one step at a time.

They are both sons of single, working moms and their families were in a froth of excitement, hope and pride this week.

They say the families can’t wait for the day they will themselves walk those stairs to witness Sibusiso and Masonwabe take the stage in Jameson Hall and become the first in the family to walk onto the stage in full academic gowns, sashes and caps to receive university degrees.

Both say their moms, Noxolo Tshikili, 35, and Nosiphelo Ndyosi, also 35, have “supported” and “hustled us” to the hilt in their studies at Bloekombos Secondary in Kraaifontein.

Mrs Tshikili came from Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape with her children and found employment as a domestic worker in Durbanville suburb. Mrs Ndyosi, who also has three kids, is a seasonal fruit picker on a fruit farm outside Cape Town.

Sibusiso proudly strolled onto UCT campus wearing his stylish Makrwala clothes awarded to him after undergoing male circumcision initiation rites in the remote Eastern Cape hills in December.

He was judged best soloist at the Tirosano School’s National Eisteddfod last year and dreams only of becoming a professional opera singer – which he says will help support his extended family.

The young tenor will be applying for finance from the National Student Financial Assistance Scheme to pay for his degree years.

Masonwabe, who is a baritone singer, has opted to study financial accounting. His studies will be financed by a bursary from the Industrial Development Corporation.

He obtained an A aggregate matric with five distinctions while Sibusiso obtained a C+ aggregate.

Both said their moms were bursting with pride and joy this week as their sons left home for their new life as university students. – Mike Loewe

Tags: Bloekombos Secondary, Industrial Development Corporation, Kraaifontein, Masonwabe Ndyosi, National Eisteddfod, National Student Financial Assistance Scheme, Nosiphelo Ndyosi, Noxolo Tshikili, Sibusiso Tshikili, Tirosano School

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3 Responses to “Working class moms send two bright sons to top SA varsity”

  1. sivatho rigala says:

    msonwabe was my classmate,he used to teach us accounting and economics,sibusiso is a wellknown we r oroud of u

  2. moleboheng nkonyane says:

    I konw the two well they were in the same school that i was in Sibusiso sang us a song that we did not understand because it was in foregn langauge bt we enjoyed it every much when i was in matric on our valeditry ceremony in Bloekombos Seconday. Masonwabe was alwayz a top learner in his grade until he passed. we love you guyz we no that u will do the school proud i personaly lv u n all the best.

  3. Masonwabe says:

    🙂 thanks guys, we will continue making all our citizans proud of us!

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