Zodwa Wabantu. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
Wabantu is calling the class of 2019 that didn’t do well in their matric exams
to join a six-month programme run by her in partnership with her doctor
Zodwa tells Move! that
this initiative was sparked when she realized the struggles that those who
can’t go to university will have to face because they have ‘low marks’.
She says this was
inspired by her own son failing a grade in school.
“My son has failed a
class and it’s hurting me. I told my doctor about it. So my doctor realized
that I also feel for those matriculants who went through a similar situation.
Unlike my son, it will affect them even more because their friends are going to
varsity and they’re not,” she explained.
This was a win-win opportunity
as Dr Mahendra Pranchand of the Herrwood Medical Centre where Zodwa does her
surgical procedures wanted to give back to the community and Zodwa pitched the
idea to him.
“We’re trying to open
their eyes to new possibilities. Jobs are being replaced by machines and we’re
trying to show them something they might not have known about,” she says.
“Everyone around the
country can get into the programme,” she explains.
Zodwa emphasizes the
importance of pupils keeping their heads up and not letting their marks define
“They don’t have to
take a break as the world keeps moving. Put your brain to work and learn
anything even if it’s something you didn’t think you would do because you don’t
know where it might lead you,” she says.
“Students whether you’re
happy or not with your matric results, you can become a beautician in 6 months.
Open your own Business & you can work for any Beautician or Therapist.
Lectures, Practically & Theory online. It’s a Growing Field,I myself I’m
coming from cosmetology/beauty treatment. Metriculants make Serious money Today
[sic],” she posted on her Instagram.