Bachelor of Social Sciences (Criminology and Psychology) graduate Ms Sinenhlanhla Shange sold cow-head stew (iskopo) to fund her studies and support her family.
‘I took a risk and started the iskopo business,’ said Shange. ‘I had been applying for jobs without success so I had to think on my feet, as I had only three months left before graduation and needed a plan. I also owed the University money for fees.’
Through the power of social media and loyal customers, she earned the money she needed and was able to graduate.
Shange kick-started her business by selling iskopo and phuthu (scrambled pap) outside the King George Hospital in Sydenham, Durban. She said she bought cow heads for about R200 each and cooked the meat slowly on her gas stove. The cost to the public was R35 a serving.
‘I’ve worked extremely hard for this degree,’ said Shange. ‘I faced many challenges at home, financially and emotionally, and when I got my results, the feeling was just overwhelming. I am very excited and proud of myself.’
Her advice to other students? ‘Focus on your studies, know where you are headed, have good time management in all you do, consult with lecturers, visit academic councilors often, and simply learn how to balance and prioritise.’
Shange said she wanted to do an honours degree in Psychology, and later start a practice. ‘I also love my new food business and will be working on growing and expanding it.’