Alone in an unknown city, afraid to go back home, Ndzanibe started roaming the streets. Sometimes she made money helping the police clean up car crash sites. At other times, when she didn't have a boyfriend to provide for her, she would sleep with random men to afford a bed in a night shelter.
"That was hard, because sometimes I wouldn't even like that person, but I needed the money."
The pressure to have sex in exchange for money, jobs or favours is an everyday reality for South African women in a vulnerable position like herself, she says.
"To get what you want, you have to sleep with someone, they say. Some time ago I had a job at a clothes shop. But after two months the person I was working for said that if I wanted to continue, I had to sleep with him."
WEARING FLOPS WITH CONFIDENCE
She refused to sleep with her boss, walked away and lost her job. But she says she couldn't have been so bold if it hadn't been for an encounter that changed everything. One day, as she was walking along the beach, someone introduced her to a surfing club for homeless children.