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Friday, 13 December 2019

No pain, no gain

DETERMINATION: Enthusiastic Abongile Vundle graduated with a Diploma in Clothing Management despite going through numerous medical procedures which derailed her academic progress. DETERMINATION: Enthusiastic Abongile Vundle graduated with a Diploma in Clothing Management despite going through numerous medical procedures which derailed her academic progress.

The vision and a bigger perseverance are what kept Abongile Vundle to study every time she wanted to throw in the towel.

Abongile reflects back on her “bumpy ride” after graduating with a Diploma in Clothing Management. She enrolled towards the diploma in 2014 with the aim to finish in 2016. Little did the ambitious Abongile know that she would hit a bumpy ride.

She was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2016, and Abongile had been in and out of university with numerous operations. “It has been a great six years filled with challenges, growth and great opportunities,” she recalls.

The prime lesson she is taking away from the experience is that: “The dreams delayed are not dreams denied,” Abongile remarks. She is currently working but her ambitions are to further her studies next year while working. During her leisure time, she loves sewing and even made her own graduation dress. “Sewing makes me happy, making something new every day keeps me busy and my mind off things. I would say sewing is my happy place, it is where I get to relax and keep calm. as such I even have trophies to attest [for this] from the department.”

What kept her going? “I focused on the things that make me happy and I kept on telling myself that I have no time frames, things will work out for the better eventually, regardless of how long it takes but I will make it.

“I received amazing support from family and friends; I was determined to finish my studies because my mom raised graduates and I was not going to be the only one not to graduate,” she quips. Abongile thanked her lecturers, Nommiselo Tyalana, Dr Doyce Moyo and Theo Mbilini for their amazing support.

“My lecturers have been very supportive in so many ways and I cannot thank them enough. They were very understanding of my heart condition. Today is so miraculous. I never thought that I would finally be called a graduate. I am happy that this chapter is finally over,” Abongile says.

In her horizon is an Advanced Diploma in Clothing and Textile Technology.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce