Mongezi is a young boy of 11 years who was born paralysed. When we first met Mongezi he was a shy and introverted child, having never attended school and been confined his entire life to the rondavel we found him in.
When Mongezi's brothers and sisters came home from school we noticed his keen interest in their homework. We discovered that his greatest dream was to go to school. We decided to contact East Coast Radio, in Durban and make an appeal for a wheelchair for him. Every Wednesday East Coast Radio has a show called the Big Favour, where they assist a child. Our application for a wheelchair was successful and Sue, Jane, Mongezi and his mother, Albertina, set off for Durban. This was a huge outing for Mongezi who was speechless and wide-eyed most of the trip! At the East Coast Radio studios we were treated like celebrities. It was an exciting time for everyone as we went on air to share Mongezi's life story and to receive the wheelchair.
A week later Mongezi began school. This had been pre arranged with the principal of Bhensela Primary School. The Dlamini family live very near the road and about 1km from Bhensela school. Mongezi's brother, Siyabonga, who attends the same school, assists him to and from school every day. Mongezi is now in grade 2 and his teachers say he is a bright and attentive pupil who is doing very well. Mongezi has also become a much more out going and cheerful child.