“Coming from a working-class family, my parents never had the finances to support my formal education. When I was given the opportunity by Professor Mafini to obtain a university qualification, I was proud and petrified at the same time. Being in class with children younger than my own, I was surprised at how great my fellow students were towards me. I made many friends,” says Venessa Bradbury; Senior Administrator Internationalisation Department at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).
Venessa Bradbury was born and bred in Johannesburg. She is a wife and a mom to 2 beautiful children and has just obtained a diploma in Logistics.
“When my diploma was lifted from the pile, my heart felt like it was racing at a million beats per minute. I knew at that moment that it was all worth it. My family is my biggest fans and they are so proud of me. I would love to move out of administration and embark on a path of lecturing. I feel that with my experience and qualifications, I have more to offer the younger generations of Logistics students,” she says.
Ms Bradbury has defied the belief that you cannot study after a certain age and has proven that nothing is impossible through hard work and determination.
“Don’t be scared, yes, it is hard work and yes, it is daunting as ever but your age is just a number, your insecurities are just a feeling. Never give up – perseverance concurs. You will succeed as you do not realise how much support you have until you try,’’ these are nuggets of wisdom she is giving to people wanting to pursue their dreams and current students.
VUT funded her studies and she added: “If it was not for VUT who invests so much into its staff development, I would not have had this amazing opportunity.”
Article by: Qhawekazi Memani