Dad’s rejection fuelled her to succeed
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Dad’s rejection fuelled her to succeed

Cum Laude Recipient for the National Diploma: Information Technology; Ms Itumeleng Gertrude Katali

Puleng Maphisa

Ms Itumeleng Gertrude Katali stands tall and proud as she now holds a National Diploma in Information Technology (IT) Cum Laude. Her journey with the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) started off with her doing an extended programme (previously known as Introductory programmes), currently enrolled for a BTech and has just recently been employed as a Website Administrator under Corporate Affairs.

Itumeleng said she owes her family a lot for supporting her and standing by her through thick and thin. Referring to her mom as a good mentor and supporter towards her life. Her graduation day, which was on 9 April under the Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, proved an exciting and life-changing day for her. She mentioned that although she is happy, there is an element of sadness that creeps into her heart when she remembers where she comes from.

“Today I am very happy, despite the challenges that I have gone through. My father denied me as a child, but here I am today – I’ve made my mom proud. She is a wonderful woman in my life and I am what I am because of her,” said Itumeleng, with tears of joy rolling down her cheeks.

She said that growing up without a father – and knowing that he denied her, has never stopped her from being driven and having a strong confidence in herself and abilities. Her Father’s rejection didn’t put her down, it instead pushed her to always strive to be on top.

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