Alhumdulillah one of Crescent's ex - learners has achieved excellence despite facing extremely adverse challenges thrown at her from a very early age. Sabera Gumede, became an important part of the Lockhat family quite unexpectedly. Sabera was in primary school and only 10 years old when her late mother, Marhoomah Asia Gumede who worked for the Lockhat family, passed away at the young age of 31.
Orphaned, with no-one to take care of her the Lockhat family took charge arranging for her to live with the daughter of an IEOSA staff member. The Rashid family took her into their home wholeheartedly and adopted her as one of their own. Her 'grandmother' Sabera Cassim still works at IEOSA and is quite popular with all that know her. Sabera was enrolled at Crescent Girls' High School. Whilst she pursued her studies, she was given every opportunity by the Crescent family to achieve her potential. She not only blossomed into a young lady with good character and morals, but also acquired the knowledge, skills and values that empowered her to take her rightful place in society. After all, that is what true education is all about.
After matriculating at Crescent she completed a degree in Media Studies at the University Of Kwa-Zulu Natal - Howard College. Throughout her studies the Lockhat Charities Trust provided bursaries for her. She fondly speaks about the joint efforts of the Lockhat family and how she enjoyed her high school studies at Crescent. She has travelled the country, worked in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and she now works and resides in the mother city, Cape Town. She has not forgotten her roots as she regularly flies to Durban to visit her family and friends. She has made several guest appearances in local television programmes such as 'EM Generation Next - Gauteng' and 'An-Nur Cape Town'. She has also written several articles for numerous local newspapers and magazines.
Sabera, we hope that your success story will inspire many other young girls who find themselves in similar situations and we make du`aa for all things blessed and for a bright and prosperous future for you, Aameen.