Nthabiseng Majiya, a recipient of the Free State Department of Education Hostel Project, has recently been congratulated by the MEC for Education in the Free State, for her contribution at the Women’s African Cup of nations.
Even though she’s the youngest on the Banyana Bayana squad, Majiya (18) managed to score a goal against Zambia in the semi-finals that helped to secure the triumphant team’s place in the finals.
Majiya’s journey to such glory had not always been as smooth. Majiya was part of a programme, an initiative brought out by the MEC for Education in the Free State, Dr Tate Makgoe.
The hostel project provides quality learning and teaching for farm learners who travelled long distances to schools. Being a learner at the Phillippolis Secondary School in the Xhariep District, Majiya was accommodated at the school hostel from Dwarsrivier farm back in 2019.
“As the Free State province, we are overjoyed to have had a representative in the Banyana Banyana team that made history by lifting the African Nations Cup in Morocco,” says MEC Makgoe.
“Nthabiseng Majiya, is proof of what one can achieve with determination and hard work. Nthabiseng refused to allow her upbringing and the difficulties she encountered to stop her from realising her dream, which was to represent her country at the highest level. Not only did she do that, but she also brought a gold medal with her for her troubles,” continued MEC Makgoe.
Majiya will now join her teammates to participate in the biggest stage of all, which is the FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Compiled by Bonolo Moloi