Overcoming the odds

BEING raised by a domestic worker mother was not easy for Despatch resident Lino Goba Slate, 32. But today she runs her own business, Satisfaction Decorators.

Her mother, Thandeka Goba, 54, played an important role in bringing her to this point.

“My mother never went to school and things were not easy for her as she also grew up without her mother. She worked very hard into shaping the woman I am today. My father never helped her with anything,” Slate said.

“I am glad that my mother managed to send me to school so that I could have a better life. I knew I had to work even harder than my peers because I did not want to disappoint her. Today I am a strong and independent woman all because of her.

“For Mother’s Day I would love to renovate our home.”

Thandile Mbukushe, 32, of Kabega Park, is a single mother to Mbasa, 15, a Grade 8 pupil.

The bio-science company product specialist said being a single parent was not easy.

“I was 16 when I had my son and doing my matric. At the time, I had to balance being a mother and a school kid. It was even worse that my mother passed away when we were still young.

“But being a mother at that age motivated me to work very hard because I wanted my son to have a better future. It helped that I had financial support from my father, otherwise I could not have made it.”

Mbukushe said although she provided for her son financially, there were things only a father figure could do.

“There are things that he cannot talk about to me. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about boy matters. Those are things he need a father for , but he is unfortunately not around. I enjoy Mother’s Day as it feels good to get all the love from my son,” she said.

Lynne Gadd-Claxton is a BA Honours Literature student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. and mother to four-year-old Joshua.

She said Joshua’s father had never seen him.

“I am, however, very grateful that my mother is around as she helps me a lot and is very supportive,” she said.

“I will spend Mother’s Day at the park with a couple of friends, together with our kids. We will have our own picnic and just have fun with our kids. Whatever difficulties we face, they [children] still mean the world to us.”

Ntombekhaya Msutu, 27, who runs Sinako We Can, an outreach programme which focuses on the high teenage pregnancy rate, said her mother Nomangesi, 50, also a domestic, had worked hard to put food on the table.

“She had three mouths to feed, me and my two brothers. She made sure that we never went to bed on empty stomachs or to school without proper uniforms. Because she is a strong and a focused woman she managed to send us all to university,” Msutu said.

“On this day I am very thankful that she never gave up on us. On Mother’s Day I will spend the day with her and make it extra special for her because she has been the pillar of my strength all those years.”

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