Brighty Magugula joined The Fish Palace in 2008. The Fish Palace is a family owned business employing more than 30 employees. It is a wholesale and fish distribution company that was started in 1990 by Abe and Miriam Beinart in Killarney. Within two years they had outgrown their premises and moved to the Kyalami Business Park where they are still based today.

Brighty joined the growing business in 2008 as a fish filleter. Her job requires her to engage with clients, ensuring that she delivers different cuts of fish according to their needs and requirements.

Brighty is single parent and currently lives in Diepkloof, Soweto with her children. She is a mother to two adults who work at Game and is a grandmother to four children, three of whom are still in school. Her oldest grandchild recently passed his Matric with flying colours and is now studying at Wits.

Brighty signed up for AET because she wanted to improve her education. She specifically wanted to better her communication skills. “Reading a newspaper or a book was a problem for me because I needed help to understand what I was reading. Now it is much easier for me.”

Within a year, she has already achieved her goal. “I am now able to read and write, and fill in forms without anyone helping me. I am also able to help my grandchildren with their homework.”

So far she has completed Media Works Communication in English Level 2 for which she achieved 78%. Brighty is currently enrolled in Level 3.

“I am now able to communicate with everyone – it has made me more confident.”

Brighty would encourage others to sign up for training regardless of their age, “I have realised that you are never too old to learn. The programme has helped me and it can help you too.”

Now that she has experienced the benefits of further education, Brighty would like to help others improve their education by becoming a teacher one day. “I would like to help others to improve their English. I would love to teach at an Adult Education Centre.”