Somandla says he has always been passionate about tailoring, so when he got the job soon after school, it was a dream come true for him.
“When I was at school, my fashion and fabrics teacher used to encourage me to focus on the subject because it can earn me a decent living. I listened and focused. I even sew the bow-ties for my classmates and alter some of their clothers for the Night to Shine event last year.
“Mrs Hussey saw me and liked my passion. She told me that if I was interested in having a career in tailoring, she was going to help me and that is how I ended up employed at Femina,” said Somandla.
He expressed his gratitude to Mr Chibanda, Mrs Hussey and the rest of the KGVI family for looking out for his future, not just his education.
Somandla began school at King George in 2013 for his grade 1. He was using a wheelchair back then because his disability is called Congenital Deformity. His lower limbs could not straighten; hence it restricted his ability to walk.
The Rehabilitation saw a possibility that Somandla could be able to walk on his own or use crutches if he is operated. It took 6 trial operations in order to successfully straighten his legs. After that, KGVI monitored him for years, using crutches until he was able to walk properly.
Currently he uses crutches to walk but he can walk on his own for a long distance. He says sometimes he even walks around at work without them.
After getting a Job in January, he decided to move out of the family home and stay by himself. He says he wanted to relieve his sister, who has taken care of him his whole life.