Cousins make it together, in spite of their challenges
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Cousins make it together, in spite of their challenges

It’s a celebration for Dineo and Nomathemba Harmans

Qhawekazi Memani

“If you work hard and persevere, you can get what you want in life. We were each other’s pillars throughout our life journeys. With our family’s support as well, we now stand proud, excited and numb at the same time,” said the Harmans cousins, Dineo and Nomathemba.

While it is a moment worth celebrating for the Harmans family, the cousins had mixed feelings as they graduated with their Diplomas in Retail Business Management on the 12 September during the VUT Spring Graduation.

This is because their journey at VUT has not been an easy one. There were times when Nomathemba had been sick and was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). The cousins would be forced to skip classes and tests in order to cope, but through it all they stood by one another. Having withstood this and other challenges, they are happy to have graduated.

They are a true example of the saying: ‘Blood is thicker than water’ and many students who know them can attest to this.

They are currently unemployed, but are both planning to pursue their Baccalaureus Technologiae (BTech) in Retail Business Management next year.

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