Despite challenging personal circumstances, Mr Sifiso Magubane of Mosley Park in Pinetown received his Bachelor of Laws degree.
Between his mother’s death, going through a divorce, financial strain, failing a semester and juggling the roles of being a father, a “mother”, a student and a breadwinner, Magubane almost didn’t complete his studies.
‘It was a long, hard journey, especially in my third year. I lost my mother and nephew in February, had the bank threatening to take my car and house after the divorce, and I struggled to pay my fees. It felt like my life was falling apart. I considered dropping out many times but failure was not an option,’ he said.
His biggest motivation to keep going was his two children, Magubane grew up in a poor family and getting this degree is a step closer to bettering himself and the future of his children.
‘I have been teaching for the past 15 years. My studies have changed the way I teach and I am more aware of my learner’s rights. I love teaching and would like to lecture Law one day.
‘My studies have enabled me to better interpret educational legislation and policies. I would like to be part of efforts to promote equality in education, as much remains to be done in this respect. As a deputy principal, I am also now able to advise my colleagues on certain legal issues,’ he said.
He thanked God and his family for their constant support.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan