Nomcebo Siyaya, born in 1994 in Mtubatuba in Kwazulu Natal, is studying for a National Diploma in Agricultural Animal Science at Mangosuthu University of Technology (Umlazi, Durban Area,). Her dream is to become an animal scientist and she believes that perseverance is the basis of success.
Nomcebo was one of the first youngsters selected who did the 2013/14 Race with the support of the Foundation. After finalising the first leg from London to Rio she came back home determined to start her University studies. Without any additional help from the Foundation, she managed to successfully enrol in the courses, moved away from her family and applied for the required bursaries.
Nomcebo’s mother, who takes care of five children without being employed, is a role model who encourages her against all odds to get a proper education. The loving relationship with her mum also motivates Nomcebo to actively help her family.
But despite the challenges she has already overcome, it was still hard to manage everyday life. This is why the Foundation decided to help her with a monthly financial subsistence allowance to allow her to finish her studies with fewer financial worries.
Nomcebo will complete her studies by the end of 2017. After that, she already has plans to do a 12-month internship that will be covered by a stipend.
We are convinced that this is a sound career path and are looking forward to receiving the first photos of Nomcebo surrounded by the animals that she loves so much.