By Tebogo Motlhasedi
Through life’s struggles Ngoveni kept her dream alive having been a beneficiary of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund for the past three years now.
The amazing Makhanani Christine Ngoveni (22) from Giyani, Limpopo. Raised by a single parent with two siblings, for Makhanani life was not a smooth sailing one. She had to acquire something solid for herself in order to secure a better future. After matriculating in 2014, at Giyani High School and having obtained exceptional results, she knew her mother would not be able to fund her tertiary studies and still take care of them alone.
This is when her search for bursaries began and in the midst of it, she received the NYDA scholarship. Life started infusing positivity and the journey ahead looked clearer.
She studied at the University of Mpumalanga for three years from 2015 – 2017 for her Diploma in Agriculture: Plant Production and she will be graduating on the 12th of May 2018.
“The NYDA Solomon Mahlangu scholarship fund lightened my financial burdens and helped me build a future full of possibilities. It is not easy to have someone pay all your expenses and still feed you at no cost, and with the help of the scholarship I was able to finish my studies with nothing stopping me,” said Makhanani.
Her passion for farming stems deep and it is something she is willing to do for the rest of her life. She plans on getting young people in her community involved in order to eradicate food shortages in our country.
“The NYDA taught me to acquire and give back to the needy, this is very important to me because the opportunity they have given me is price-less and I will forever be grateful for it,” she said.
She now stands tall and fearless ready to take on the future. She would like to continue furthering her studies and make a difference in her community.