"Life became uphill for me and my five siblings after our parents passed on within months of each other. My grandmother raised us with her pension money, but it was the most difficult time for all of us. The hope of finding a job after I completed matric was all that kept me going.
"We lived as a big family and we battled for everything including food. My father worked and lived in another country while my mother had a job, but she did not take care of us. Sleeping on empty stomachs was normal for us.