Student overcomes disability to excel

Post 349 of 360
Student overcomes disability to excel

BCom Economics Honours student and treasurer of Students with Different Disabilities organisation, Cebo Hlubi graduated with his BCom Economics Degree on 18 May. At the age of three years, Hlubi was diagnosed with Spinal Tuberculosis which resulted in the impairment of his right leg. Due to his deteriorating health, sporting activities were limited to soccer. However, since he registered with UNIZULU in 2010, Hlubi has taken up body building and this has improved his strength and physical ability. The competitive body building enthusiast has received trophies and medals for his participation in University Sports South Africa games, intervarsity body building challenges and the KZN Ejimini Body Building competition. He said: “As a child I had been on chronic medication and have had two operations on my spine. When treatment had little impact, I eventually looked at remedying my lifestyle with healthy diet and a regular fitness plan. It’s all about accepting who I am. When I was eight-years old, I recall returning from the hospital and my mum, Thembeni said I should go to a special school. I refused as I didn’t see myself as being disabled. My condition has resulted in partial disability and does not require special treatment or services. I continued to go to normal government schools and completed matric with a NSC Bachelor’s Degree.” Upon completion of his honours degree, Hlubi will join the KZN Provincial Treasury as an economics intern. His training will commence on 4 January 2014. Hlubi is looking forward to the opportunity in hopes to gauge a broader understanding of his field and to focus his master’s research ideas. His honour’s research is centred on trends of disabled people within the labour market.