Social Work a Calling for Graduate
‘Since high school, my goal has been to help those in need, especially abandoned children and the abused,’ says Bachelor of Social Work graduate Mr Siyabonga Shoba.
Being of service to other people has become a driving force in his life.
Shoba would often assist his classmates in high school with their problems and was at the forefront of community upliftment programmes, befriending those requiring help. He was considered a student hero for championing social work initiatives.
Shoba excelled academically at UKZN, earning the respect and trust of his peers. ‘My undergraduate years were life changing - I learned a lot about myself. In our home, my mother and sister are the only breadwinners, supporting a family of eight. With my degree, I know I can help them and others by doing social work.’
He completed his in-service training at the Umlazi Service Office of the Department of Social Development. ‘Working with people within my community has given me a taste of the world of work and what awaits me. I admire the people at the Umlazi Service Office and all they do for others.’
Shoba had this advice for students: ‘Enjoy your time at university. Learn to budget and save money. Seek counselling if you need support and take care of your mental health.’
Words: Melissa Mungroo
Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal