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Titos Mabunda

I Titos Mabunda I was admitted to Twilight Children on the 15th of December 2009. I brought myself to the shelter as I was homeless living on the street of Johannesburg. I originate from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province.


I regard myself to be unique- those who disagree with this- just consider this; I am the only child from twilight who did Science subjects in high school and pass to the extent that I qualified to do Engineering degree at University. I have secured funding to pay my fees, books, residence and meals for the year of 2013 on my own. By the age of 18 years I completed my matric.

I am self-motivated, the fact that I know what I want out of this world that's good enough to motivate me. But I still have people who motivate me. Peoples who are detractors, who hate me because I accomplished what they could not. It sad to know that instead of such people being motivated to work and also achieve such milestone as attaining matric certificates. They offer me instead is advice that is often irrelevant and unsolicited. I also face judgement in being told to achieve seven distinctions or else I am I will not succeed in life.
It is sad that people resort to using their god given talent to predict Power Ball Lottery numbers instead of investing in personal development.

Every morning I walk into that DFC University of Johannesburg gate I found my student card with the student number 201302699 working I'm blessed... what others say about me doesn't matters, I'm not even supposed to be here, I'm just a kid from TK south in Nelspruit. This is the only reason YOU will not see that day when I surrender to YOU.


2010 I enrolled at New Nation School that is where all the Twilight Children attend school. It caters from grade R up to grade 12. The end of 2012 was the end of my grade 12- the end of my high school. I really had good and bad time at Twilight Children. The year 2012 had to be good time, I was in grade 12, I looked forward to going to University, and I had pocket money of only R30.00 per week. All the eyes were on us grade 12's: myself, Cappuccino, Mehluli, Tent and Cebo.

The years 2010 and 2011 had horrible and hard times for me because. The common way to be stopped from doing something that was regarded to be braking UMTHETHO (law) was to be chased away from the shelter. I would sometimes sleep outside often if it happens on a Friday, you will be only allowed to come back on Monday the following week, and that's only if the social worker is at work on that Monday.
I lived under pressure and fear during this time. My challenge was that the rules stated that we should be in bed by 9 PM and all light should be off. Switching the light-on would be breaking the rules. The consequences for breaking the rule were dire, so I would choose not to. To add to my woes, at the time the library was the TV room in the evenings, so I could not study there.

2013 this was my favoured year; I got admitted to University of Johannesburg. I got a bursary from MQA during my first week of lecturers, I moved to stay at university residence the freedom began but unfortunately I have never been to any party because Engineering is taking-up 90% of my daily time "lol"...! but well, it was worth it because I passed all my 9 modules in the year 2013.
2014, I am battling with second year looking forward to kill the course....................!

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Job Taile

Now 29 years old, Job was dropped off at the Shelter at the age of 8. He developed his artistic and creative attributes by joining the pottery project where he has grown enormously.

A group of foreign visitors recently noticed his work at the Michael Mount Organic Market and they decided to sponsor a trip to Japan.

Job left for Japan in early October 2001 for a three-month exposure visit. He aims to use his newly learnt skills to help others learn more and to start his own pottery business.

Thabiso Zwane

He came to Twilight Children in 2006. He had been living with his brother in Johannesburg and due to some problems had to leave. He is an orphan when he arrived at the Twilight Children. The organization enrolled him in school where he attended for only a year. He left school because he was too old for the grades. Thabiso however did benefit from his stay at Twilight Children by the following:
The shelter trained him to operate the laundry machines. He initially worked as a volunteer in the laundry section with food and lodging.

  1. He was upgraded to clean the kitchen and assist the Cook. This time he was paid, but continued to live at Twilight Children.
  2. He later was promoted to full time Cook when the incumbent cook was promoted to be Child Care Worker.
  3. Thabiso then received training as an accredited Baker. He is now training other senior boys to become bakers.
  4. He also assists in the After Care progamme. He now receives a salary and lives independently outside the shelter.

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