19 August 2018


Disability did not stop Dinilisiwe from achieving best results

by: Obakeng Maje    date: 26 January 2018

A 20-year- old learner from a small town of Christiana received the
Best Performing Learner Against All Odds award during a
ceremony hosted by Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District
Municipality to honour its best performing Grade 12 learners.
The event was held at Uurpan Safari Lodge in Schweizer-
Reneke on Tuesday.
Dinilisiwe Makhetho - who lives with disability after he was born
with deformed hands - said his disability never discouraged him
and he always wanted to finish his Grade 12 despite hardships of
life. Makhetho lives with his unemployed mother in a government-
provided RDP house in Marikana in Christiana.   
He matriculated with an exemption from Lerona High School
where he majored in Business Economics and Accounting.
“I am grateful to God for bringing me this far. Many people and
learners have hurled insults at me because of my disability.
However, that never deterred me and my aim was to make my
mother proud. She has sacrificed a lot for us through hardships
and tribulations,” he told Semphete in an interview.
Makhetho was raised by a single, unemployed mother after his
father apparently disowned him, denying he was his child. Today,
however, this young man has got a reason to smile.
“I am going to further my studies at Sol Plaatjie University in
Kimberley and study towards a BA Degree in General Art.,” he
Makhetho’s mother, Tshidi Nwabufo, had this to say: “It was hard-
breaking after I saw Dinilisiwe for the first time. I have to confess
that his birth led to a divorce. My husband left me after he found
out that Dinilisiwe was not his child. The worst part was when his
biological father also disowned him after I informed him that he is
the real father.
“I went through depression, however, God always has a way of
fixing our lives. I am grateful that he made it thus far even. Even

though I am unemployed, we hope a Good Samaritan will come to
rescue us,” she said.
Makhetho was one of the 13 top performers who received R10 000
and a laptop each at the awards.