Meet the Woman Who Beat the Odds - Candice Mmathabo Mahlangu

10 May 2017

Many of us think that the challenges to becoming educated are too difficult to beat, but just give yourself a moment to become inspired by one woman’s journey of pushing back and moving her life forward.

Candice Mmathabo Mahlangu (28) grew up Mpumalanga. Her education was a journey, taking her all over the country as she attended one school after the next. Starting with primary school, she attended Thembeka Primary School and a multi-racial school in Mpumalanga. She then attended Hoërskool Ben Viljoen in Limpopo, Chris Hani Secondary School in Cape Town, where she repeated Grade 9, and Vezaulwazi Secondary School for Grade 10 and 11. She finally enrolled in Ubuhlebethu High School in Mpumalanga, where she failed to get her Grade 12.

“At this point I was 19 years old, pregnant with my first child, and starting to lose hope in my education,” said Candice.

When her child started Grade 1, however, Candice knew that she needed to set a better example, and having seen an advert for a marketing management course, she decided to return to school. She pursued her Grade 12, successfully matriculated, and registered with IQ Academy. During this time, Candice discovered more shocking news. She was pregnant with her second child. The news devastated her and it took even more personal motivation to tackle the upcoming coursework.

Says Candice, “The deadlines were piling up and it seemed hopeless, but the assignments weren’t the hardest part. My toughest challenge was making the decision to pull myself out of the slump I was in and finish what I started.”

And push she most certainly did. As a part-time student with two small children, Candice juggled her motherly responsibilities, work commitments, and studies to complete a Further Education and Training Certificate in Marketing Management and graduated in April 2017. According to her lecturer, Prince Leburu, Candice was incredibly dedicated. She knuckled down, became strict with what she chose to prioritise, which included sacrificing what she spent her money on and how much time she spent away from her studies, and made sure to access IQ Academy’s support network whenever she needed it.

Says Prince, “Candice was truly invested in her studies, she communicated regularly with me online and let me help her work through the academic material, and as a result, passed all of her modules and is now celebrating her qualification.”

Stories like Candice’s lead the way to more South African women achieving their goals. As she tackles her next challenge of impressing prospective employers with her qualifications, time management skills, and dedication, she joins the ranks of strong women who inspire others to go the distance and reach for their dreams. Women, like you.

Author: Blackbird Copy