year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 80



TURNING
PAIN INTO
MOTIVATION
Sipho Mbadaliga had to endure
a series of tragedies on his journey
to completing his Bachelor of
Business Science specialising
in finance and accounting.
to his dedication. But during the
first semester of 2017, his final year,
he received heartbreaking news: his
otherwise healthy father, a teacher, had
suddenly passed away.
“It was the worst day of my life ... He
sacrificed a lot in order for me to be
where I am today. I made a promise to
myself that I would dedicate every sweat
and tear in pursuit of this degree to him.”
About a month later his brotherin-law died. And three days after
Growing up in the small rural
community of Madombidzha in
Limpopo, Mbadaliga’s aims for
university transcended merely
getting a degree.
“When I came to university, I came
with the aim of making my parents
and community proud,” he said.
“This is what really pushed me to
try and excel.”
Mbadaliga’s impressive
academic results bear testimony
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