Ayabonga Nzama is a dynamic and caring Port Shepstone High School learner who is an active member of the Student Christian Association (SCA) committee where her strong sense of faith and compassion are greatly appreciated.
She is in grade 12 this year, which is especially hard. She misses the sense of solidarity that the school environment provides and playing netball with her teammates.
Here is her unique perspective of what this lockdown has felt like for her:
“I would like to say to the Sheppie High family that we will not only survive this, but we shall thrive! When the lockdown started, I didn’t think it would be this hard. No kidding. It’s very difficult to get up in the morning, especially knowing that I don’t have to go to school, but my determination and self-discipline makes me get up.
“Prayer and Soul music such as, ‘Your Love Never Fails’ by Chris Quilala from Jesus Culture gets me through the day. At the beginning of the year, there was a lot pressure on us as the matric class of 2020 – from ourselves as a grade, teachers and our families. We knew that matric was going to be hard, but we would never have anticipated that it would be this difficult.
“The best thing that was going to happen to me was to have to move and experience a different environment during such a stressful year, and that’s exactly what happened to me. But the announcement of this lockdown meant the move had to happen before the house was even completed.
“But all in all, God knows the plans he has for us. He declares that they are plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. I believe that our story is not finished and that God is still taking us to great heights that we would have never explored. I’m a living testimony of this.
“They say home is where the heart is and mine is at Sheppie. This lockdown has also given me time to ponder on the songs and preachings that are shared during our SCA meetings (organised by Mrs G. Venter and Mrs B. Loubser) by Margate Baptist Church and Gates of Praise (GOP). I’m glad to say I have come out with a favourite, ‘Come Holy Spirit (Uthando).’
“Above all, staying healthy comes first, so drink your water, take a walk/jog (preferably in the morning so you are energized for the day) and keep calm because Bra G’s got this!”