Patrick Mapetla

Posted By on 30th May 2015

South African entrepreneur Patrick Mapetla was born paralysed below the waist. Naturally, his life has been incredibly difficult. But he did not let that affect his dreams. He now runs his own business making window frames and security gates.


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  1. A wise person once said “Don’t let your struggle become your identity”. It seems Patrick Mapetla gave the saying a verbatim application to his life.
    As a young person, he was raised by his mother who couldn’t afford to buy get him a wheelchair even though he was born paralysed from the waist down. Because of that, he was unable to attend school until he turned 18.
    It was during that period that he decided to build himself a wheelchair using bicycle frames and wheels from wheelbarrows. This enabled him to begin his education. However, seven years later he had to drop out as he was forced to travel in his home-made wheelchair on gravel roads. But even this didn’t stop him.

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