Student of the Week: Patience Mohlala

Patience Mohlala is a ComTia A+ student at Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC). Patience was born into a family of six siblings in which she’s the last born. With absent-father statistics on the rise in South Africa, Patience’s family too, had to go on with life without her father. This situation left Patience’s mother with no choice but to raise her children on her own.

“My mother single-handedly raised all of us, providing us with nothing but the best that a mother could give to her children. I sometimes forgot that we had no father around because I have never experienced a father’s love,” said Patience

Upon completion of Grade 12, Patience ensured that she juggled her International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) with her hectic part-time job as a cashier at which she worked for four years.

“It was imperative for me to juggle that job as a cashier with my ICDL literacy because I have a baby girl to take care of,” said Patience.

After a couple of years during which Patience was at home, one of her friends, Abna Matlhavana, a technician at GWF, told her about the ComTia A+ bursary that GWF was giving away to those who want to further their studies in IT; an opportunity that Patience made sure that she grabbed with both hands by applying for that bursary.

Studying here at HDLC is a dream come true for Patience because we all know that we are living in a technologically-driven world.

“As much as IT is challenging, it’s entirely up to us ‘women-in-IT’ to prove to our male-counterparts that we too, are capable of fixing computer problems,” said Patience.

Patience is now five months into her IT studies. So far she has written Database Advanced and Excel Advanced; which she passed exceptionally well.

Patience Mohlala proves that IT is no longer a male-dominated industry as she installs a computer cable in her class.

Patience Mohlala proves that IT is no longer a male-dominated industry as she installs a computer cable in her class.

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Women in tech: Magreneth Merahe, Patience Mohlala and Khensani Ngwenya fixing a computer box during their IT practicals in ‘Trouble Shooting’ module.

Written By Mpho Lebyane.

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