GRADUATING AT UMP: HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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31 May 2024

Mbuyamba enrolled at UMP in 2019 alongside her elder sister, who was pursuing a Bachelor of Agriculture. However, due to a family tragedy, her sister had to discontinue her studies and return to the Republic of Congo.

"I was left alone in South Africa to continue with my studies. That year, due to circumstances, I failed all modules. The following year, I re-registered and persevered with my studies. Despite moments of self-doubt caused by my initial setbacks, I found the strength to pick myself up and start anew."

As an individual living with a disability, Mbuyamba acknowledges the support provided by UMP to overcome both physical and emotional challenges.

"The University of Mpumalanga has been my sanctuary. They instilled in me a strong work ethic, fostered entrepreneurial skills, and cultivated leadership qualities. UMP taught me never to settle for less and empowered me to pursue my dreams relentlessly."

Mbuyamba reveals that it took her five years to complete her diploma. She expresses gratitude for the personal growth she has experienced, becoming self-motivated and driven to excel.

"South Africa has become my second home. I reside in Johannesburg with my two siblings. I have also embraced other languages such as IsiZulu, Seswati, and Tshivenda." Reflecting on her achievement, Mbuyamba shares her aspirations for the future.

"Completing my Diploma has been a source of inspiration and motivation. It has reaffirmed my belief in the power of hard work and resilience. I am eager to embark on the next chapter of my journey."

With her diploma in hand, Mbuyamba plans to establish her own IT company, aiming to create employment opportunities for others. She also intends to pursue further studies in ICT, driven by her passion for the field.

Story by Cleopatra Makhaga. Pictures supplied.