Sibahle Ngwenya is a 27 year old lady from Durban (Kwa-Zulu Nata, South Africa) who is a professional Hotelier, specialising in housekeeping. She is currently serving as the Assistant Housekeeper on what she considers to be “one of the best ships in the world – Seabourn.” This is her 5th year working at sea now and she is humbled by her travels, as she has gotten to see the world through a different perspective.
In the 1st year of her studies at the International Hotel School, she got her first ‘Employee Of The Month’ achievement, at the beginning of her 3rd year she got her first supervisory position and this was during her training. A year later, she was awarded with a weekend getaway down the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, for having been the top student in her class. When she graduated a few moths later, she was honored with the award for ‘The Most Outstanding Practical Trainee’ and this served as a major highlight for her, as she was the first black female to get their name on the trophy. This still humbles her to this day, as she got to realise that black women after her certainly stood a chance, as she was invited a year later to witness a second recipient of this award at their graduation ceremony.
Fast-forward a couple of years later and she has worked her way up from being a Stewardess to now being an Assistant Housekeeper, which has opened up doors that she has certainly worked hard to keep open. She has made history through earning her ‘stripe,’ as she is the first black person to earn this position.
Sibahle still mentors hotel school students whenever she is on leave, she also supports Makaphuthu Children’s Home. The home is based in Bothas Hill (Durban), together with her friend Ladyfair Mngadi, they occasionally throw Christmas parties and collect stationery for the home. She has recently joined the UNESCO Foundation and feels that “being chosen to help at least one child makes it all worth while.”
Having grown up as a middle-child, she was daddy’s little princess. Her father had no education behind him, so he pushed her hard. Little did they know that he would pass on in her first year of studies and her mother had not been employed since her birth, so this put pressure on her to make the most of her life, not just for herself or to honour her dad’s wishes, but also for the sake of her family’s survival.
Sibahle shares her story with the hope that “black families, more especially black women, can realise that opportunities in life have no color because it is okay to make your own money as a female.”
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Facebook: Sibahle Mamtimande Ngwenya