Be Inspired by the Power of Courage Today! Read Cynthia Khumalo’s Story.

In a month where we are celebrating individuals with “all heart” who display exceptional courage, we are so proud to introduce Cynthia Khumalo, a Good Work Foundation Absa-sponsored student who graduated in 2016.

Born with a congenital condition, Cynthia has never been able to walk. But we’re going to tell you just how fast she can run!

Cynthia first captured our attention as a bright student who, at first grappled with computer basics. She had never used a computer before and she visibly battled with the new technology. She was determined though and she spent time in extra lessons and after class, familiarising herself with programmes like Excel and Powerpoint.

On top of that, Cynthia also struggled with issues that most of us don’t have to deal with. Who would help to look after her while she was studying away from home? How would she get to the Hazyview Campus?

Her resilience set Cynthia apart and she went on to graduate on time, passing all of her Bridging Academy modules.

This was just the beginning for this young woman. Soon after she graduated, Cynthia heard about an opportunity at the Mpumalanga Department of Labour where they were seeking computer and English literate interns, and immediately started putting her documents together.

Cynthia, with thousands of other South Africans applied and was called for an interview. She was successful and began work in April.

“I look at where I come from and what people, even in my community, expected my life to be and I am amazed,” says Cynthia.

“I thought that I would depend on the social grant pay-out I get from the government for the rest of my life, but I feel like GWF literally looked me in the eyes and laughed at my thoughts while ensuring that I am learning in a world class institution, getting skills that would soon land me a paying job, even though it is not yet permanent.”

Cynthia has been working with the department for six months, where she is responsible for checking that all individuals on the Department of Labour’s database have their information captured correctly so that the department can assist with job placements.

“I am the first person in my family to get formal employment. I am a living testimony that where you are born, who you are born to, and what you are born to should never write out your future word-for- word,” added Cynthia.

We couldn’t agree more Cynthia. You are a beautiful example of courage and resilience and we wish you every success as you continue to show the world that power on the inside is what counts the most. Keep on running – you are an inspiration to so many of us.

Thank you to Absa for their continued belief in young South Africans. Cynthia’s story is testament to the power of the concept of “shared growth” and we are certain that she is going to pay it forward.

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Cynthia on the front seat in her Bridging Academy class in 2016.

Cynthia sent us this photo to show us her new workplace with the Mpumalanga Department of Labour.

Cynthia sent us this photo to show us her new workplace with the Mpumalanga Department of Labour.

We are so proud of this young woman for continuing to disrupt and not conforming to society's expectations but living her dream and life as best as she knows how and prefers.

We are so proud of this young woman for continuing to disrupt and not conforming to society’s expectations but living her dream and life as best as she knows how and prefers.

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