- 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 youths 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.
However, the young lady is a 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.
"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 she 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."
In other news, a video has emerged in a which a woman in Florida, United States, could be seen giving birth while standing at a hospital parking lot.
The moment was captured by doorbell camera as Susan Anderson and her husband Joseph approached the hospital building.
Susan told WPLG-TV: “During the car ride to the birth center, I turned to my husband, and I was like, ‘I need to push!'.
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