Sivosethu Ndubela - fondly known as Vovo - is a young Xhosa girl
who lives in New Brighton, near Port Elizabeth.
Apart from growing
up with the challenges of poverty, crime and limited opportunities,
Vovo was orphaned when she was 13. This led to Tony Pearce going
from a friend of the family, involved in an after-school dramatic
arts project, to become the guardian of Vovo and her older sister,
A few years later Vovo was diagnosed with a rare heart
condition. She subsequently underwent two life-threatening
open-heart surgeries. Her recovery continues to surprise her family
and healthcare specialists, and her bravery in fighting for her
life is a true inspiration.
By sharing the harsh circumstances of
township life and the factors that have shaped her journey, Vovo
reveals her remarkable resilience and it becomes clear why she is a
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