16 Hours in the Life of Deliwe Tibane

I wake up at 04:30 every day.

The first thing I do is go to the kitchen to prepare lunch for my first-born child, Charity. She is 8-years-old and is in grade 3. While I am making her lunch, I boil water so that I can bath.

At 04:45 I bath, which lasts until at 05:10.

After that, I wake my two kids Charity and Xiluva to take a bath. Charity takes care of herself and I take care of Xiluva. She is just one year and two months old.

Xiluva means rose.

By 05:45 I finish with the kids.

At 06:05 I prepare soft porridge for my father and go to his bedroom just to say “hello”. He is not well because of arthritis. My mother is working. She leaves home at 05:00 every day.

I love saying hello to my father.

At 06:10 I leave with my kids.

Charity goes to school. Xiluva is staying with my cousin, so I drop her at my cousin’s place at 06:25. After that I go to the bus station. The bus arrives at 06:35 from Oakley to Shabalala, where Hazyview Digital Learning Centre is located. It takes 30 to 35 minutes. I normally arrive at work at about 07:15. I open the centre with my friend Gay.

At 07:40 I charge the 20 tablets and eight iPads. Then I eat my breakfast.


Hazyview Digital Learning Centre receptionist, Deliwe Tibane, poses for a Media Academy photo.

At 08:00, I start my duties as a receptionist, mostly checking tablets in and out of the server room. I also capture data, issue receipts to our students and give information to guests.

From 12:00 to 13:00, I teach an English class. I have nine students in my class.

To improve my own English, at the moment I am reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

From 13:30 to 14:30 is my lunchtime.

After lunch there are more administrative duties, and sometimes I study, either computers or hospitality.

I take the tablets back to the server room at 16:50 and then I start to lock up the Learning Centre. I get to the bus at 17:15 and normally arrive home at 18:25. I start to prepare dinner for my family – my children and my parents. I normally eat dinner at 19:35. After that I take a bath and I go to bed at 20:30.

Written by Deliwe Tibane. Created by the Good Work Foundation Media Academy.