Grace Mufamadi, known to the community of Wentworth as Ma Grace, left school at the age of 18 and trained as a nurse 36 years ago.
She met and married Pst Takalani Mufamadi, but the desire to study further never left her. Having worked in the children’s ward, the desire to specialise in paediatric nursing presented itself.
She enrolled as a full-time student for a Diploma in Paediatric Nursing. Despite being a full- time wife and a mother to two young children, she still followed her dream.
She took up the challenge of being a full-time student as well wife and a mother. At home she had to see to the needs of her husband as well as the children and at the same time attend to her studies. Despite these challenges she excelled in her studies and ended up as the top student at the Technikon.
She then realised that she could better serve the community if she studied community nursing. She further realised that as a community nurse she would work regular hours and spend more time with the family.
She again enrolled as a part-time student at the Technikon. She credits her husband for his efforts in caring for the children while she studied.
When the Technikon introduced the Graduate Assistant Scholarship, she saw the opportunity to study once more. The Technikon offered her a part-time graduates assistant’s post so she was able to teach by day and study at night.
She was able to complete her community nursing diploma, then primary health care diploma and her Bachelor’s degree.
After a hiatus of well over a decade and a half, she decided to study towards her Masters degree in Nursing. Once again, this was no easy task.
While the children have grown up, the demands on a mother and a wife never decreases. This month, she graduated with a masters Degree in Nursing. She believes that one can never be too old to study and a doctorate is something that she is still thinking about.
Today, Grace Mufamadi is the manager at the Austerville Clinic in Wentworth. As the wife of Pst Takalani Mufamadi, she is the spiritual mother of hundreds of congregants, thus the name ‘Ma Grace’.
Her advice to the young people of Wentworth is to never stop advancing themselves. She believes that with God nothing is impossible. She encourages all women to ‘Arise and make an impact in their respect fields .”