From orphan to mechanic: Man, 30, opens up about journey to success

From orphan to mechanic: Man, 30, opens up about journey to success

- Nkululeko Ndlovu lost both parents when he was just eight years old and life got so tough as an orphan

- Ndlovu, now 30, explains narrates his growing-up experience which was helped by his senior sister

- His story is now that of grass-to-grace as he benefitted from his determination to succeed

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Life is not always balanced. At times, it comes with some very hard blows. But, while some, in the heat of the challenges, give up, others push through to make their dreams a reality. Nkululeko Ndlovu is one of the latter.

Nkululeko Ndlovu, a 30-year-old, has a story to tell about his life and growing up experience. Currently doing his apprenticeship in a diesel-mechanical engineering firm after completing the theoretical work, the middle-aged man was orphaned at eight.

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Ndlovu managed to bag all the certificates and complete the KAT training in Durban and is now well on his way to realising his dream of becoming a diesel mechanic.

However, speaking to, a sister publication of, he revealed his journey has been filled with obstacles. When Ndlovu was eight, his parents passed away.

His older sibling had to take care of him and his twin sister and he admitted times were tough..

"Our older sister had to take care of us and I learnt from a young age to work so that I can help at home," he said.

From orphan to mechanic: Man, 30, opens up about journey to success
Nkululeko Ndlovu is working hard to become a diesel mechanic and open his own workshop where he will offer underprivileged youth opportunities. Photo: Supplied.
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Like many people who hail from backgrounds similar to Ndlovu's, he was not sure how he could better his life.

However, he received an opportunity from the Umgeni Municipality in partnership with NYDA and Service SETA to study and further his education.

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Ndlovu said he knew that he could not work hard to give his family a better life as well as inspire young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

From orphan to mechanic: Man, 30, opens up about journey to success
Ndlovu is only a year away from qualifying as a diesel mechanic and he hopes to change the lives of others. Photo: Supplied.
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In a year, Ndlovu will do his trade test and qualify as a diesel mechanical engineer. He hopes to own his own workshop where he will give other people the opportunity he received.

"My dream is to open my own workshop where I can give back to my community by teaching young kids who wish to be mechanics... I want the kids to know that anything is possible and every opportunity must be taken as a ladder to success.

"My dream is also to help feed the homeless and give back as I was given an opportunity to study," he said. earlier reported how a man identified as AD Patrickson recently narrated an inspiring success story of how he became the owner of an oil and gas company years after he worked as a night watchman on oilfield vessels.

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In a related story, also reported that a business operation analyst and pilot, Wilfred Asuquo, recently used himself as a perfect example of how education is very important in achieving great success.

He became a successful pilot years after he had suffered as a wheelbarrow pusher.

On his LinkedIn page, the Nigerian advised people against the belief that education is unimportant in making it in life, stressing the fact that even the so-called billionaire dropouts hire educated individuals to help them run their businesses.

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