Renitha Sukram (Bhona) was raised and matriculated in Dundee. She started working immediately and later worked her way up through the ranks of Standard Bank. She and her Husband and children moved to Volksrust, and once she began to have success in her Work her Husband became abusive.
“He used to stalk me, park outside the bank to see who I was talking to and who telephoned me, I was not allowed to speak or see people outside the bank or I was accused of having an affair.”
In 2006 whilst arguing with her husband in the car en-route to somewhere, he suddenly sped up and then pushed her out of the moving vehicle… “I was rushed to Newcastle Hospital where doctors doubted I would survive the night”. She was later transferred to intensive care in Sunninghill Hospital and had to undergo 2 brain surgeries. “I had to learn to walk, talk, count and speak all over again”.
In 2009, despite lots of progress in therapy, she was medically boarded from continuing work at Standard Bank, and by that stage her husband was also not working and had turned to alcohol, which meant the abuse became worse. Eventually she plucked up the courage to take her 3 kids and move away from her terrible situation and moved back to Dundee and back in with her parents.
Renita describes the learnership enrolment as follows: “ In 2016 I was sitting outside my house when Phillip of HCI whilst driving passed, stopped and offered me this opportunity to join on a learnership. It was at this point that I decided I was done waiting around for my life to change, I was going to join and make something great happen in my life.
I had a wonderful work experience at the Talana Museum. I got to work in the office, I attended meetings, assisted tourists, balanced the day’s takings, work the reception and switchboard, and gave guided tours of the museum. In Jan 2017 I started working at the Museum shop, where they later offered me a part-time job.
I am forever grateful for the change which this learnership has instigated in my life. It has re-awakened a drive in me… I hope to one day have my own business and I am certain that this has been the start of it all… Thank-you!”