Meet Xolani Mabanga, Mr. Perfect Imperfections

Xolani Mabanga is a 21 year old young man from Mpumalanga in rural Cunningmoore A. He attended school at Hokisa Primary School and furthered to Hoyohoyo Secondary School. Xolani is the first born of three siblings.

Xolani is living with disability but that has not stopped him from reaching his dreams of being a happy person and having a bright future for him and his family. Apart from losing his father and undergoing endless operations as a young boy, Xolani still feels that he has had a normal childhood.

Xolani said: “Growing up I did not feel like I was different from other children, I was not treated any differently by other children.” Xolani feels that loyalty and honesty are his strongest values, he is a very shy young man and he sometimes feels that meeting new people is a challenge.

Xolani came to study at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) as an Absa Bridging Academy student to improve his life and the lives of his family. His first choice of work is to be a social worker because he wants to help people that are struggling: “I want to help people that are struggling because when I look at myself I see a more privileged person than other people because I can do everything on my own,” says Xolani.

Xolani also has a few talents up his sleeves, he is a recording musician with a few tracks which he will give to us to listen to.

“Now that I have grown up I can see that I am a bit different by the way people look at me but I am perfect in my own way,” says Xolani.

Xolani is indeed one of the most grateful people I know, with all the difficulties he has been through he is still determined to change his life. Xolani would sit at home and ask himself “God why me?” and then answer himself with “Why not me”?

This is a story of true courage and determination.

Xolani Mabanga came to study at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC) to improve his life and the lives of his family.

Xolani Mabanga came to study at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) to improve his life and the lives of his family.

“Now that I have grown up I can see that I am a bit different by the way people look at me but I am perfect in my own way.” Says Xolani

“Now that I have grown up I can see that I am a bit different by the way people look at me but I am perfect in my own way.” 

Xolani is indeed one of the most grateful people I know, with all the difficulties he has been through he is still determined to change his life.

Xolani is indeed one of the most grateful people I know, with all the difficulties he has been through he is still determined to change his life.

Written By GWF Media Intern Mfumo Thobela

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