LIVING HIS 40-YEAR-OLD DREAM AT 22!
By: Kwandokuhle Njoli
My blackberry notification red light goes off. It is Halalisani Manqoba Ndlovu, letting me know that he has arrived outside Steve Biko campus, for our interview that we had planned.
Ndlovu started reminiscing about his childhood and growing up in Wyebank, he talks about being raised by uncle.
“Even though my parents died when I was very young, I still had a very happy childhood, I had no major struggles,” Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu talked about his schooling career with great excitement, he told us about how he was head-boy twice in Waybank Primary school and Parkhill High school.
“After high school I received a bursary to study Law at Varsity College in Durban North,” said Ndlovu.
“During the time in Varsity College, I got an opportunity to discover my interests and that is when I started volunteering for the Democratic Alliance (DA),” he continued.
Ndlovu (22) is a counsellor for four DA wards. Which are Ward 101, 29, 30 and 32.
Ndlovu said that the DA may have seen qualities in him that he did not see in himself.
“I feel like I still have so much to accomplish in terms of both my personal life and career wise.
As I would still like to see a South Africa that no longer focuses on the faults of the past but focus on the future as a new South Africa,” he said.
“The only way that this country can move forward is if we start focusing on grooming the youth and invest mostly on the nation’s young people,” added Ndlovu.
Ndlovu said that one of his main dreams is seeing a youth that resembles the youth of 1976
that has that impact on its country’s history.
Suddenly when he begins speaking about his passion he sits up and his posture changes, he sits up straight and uses hand gestures as if to show me what he envisions in his mind.
He continued to say that he owes his success to the great support system that he has; his friends, family and his one year old daughter and of cause the higher power, God.
He checks his watch and tells me that he will cancel his final meeting and assures me that he can stay longer for our interview. .
This time I grab the bull by the horns and ask him if he sees himself as the next president of this country, Ndlovu laughs and then placed his hands on his chin and slowly said yes.
“In the future I would like to be President as I was already asked to be DA youth leader of KwaZulu-Natal. I feel that I would be a very liberal President and I would encompass
everything that the Da stands for,” concluded Ndlovu.