Siphosethu Sirayi

Young as she is, Siphosethu Sirayi could write a book on her life that would inspire others to greatness. But she’s only just getting used to the idea of telling her story…. Siphosethu Sirayi may be young, but she has experienced more in life than most people twice or even three times her age. Now […]

Nokukhanya Mkhize

Stumbling blocks on her path will not deter Nokukhanya Mkhize from living up to her name and shining light wherever she goes. Nokukhanya Mkhize won’t venture out without a smile on her face. “No matter what the situation is, I cannot leave home without a happy face,” she acknowledges. “I have realised how smiling just […]

Liam Blignaut

Liam Blignaut’s competitive streak is offset by the impact of contributing to something bigger than the self… It was football – and his mother – that shaped Liam Blignaut’s resilience and inspired him to never back down from what it takes to win. Born and raised in Grassy Park, Cape Town, Liam and his older […]

Kgomotso Motshoane

Kgomotso Motshoane found her passion in a life of academia, and is en route to fulfilling her dreams  Five years ago, Kgomotso Motshoane only had vague ideas of what she wanted to do with her life. Having just matriculated, her goal was simple: “I just wanted to go to university,” she recalls. Initially, Kgomotso wanted […]

Sewagodimo ‘Sewa’ Ednecia Matlapeng

Tech-preneur Sewa Matlapeng is combining her passions to effect social transformation Using technology to change lives, and encouraging more women to become developers, is what fires the passion of software engineer Sewagodimo ‘Sewa’ Ednecia Matlapeng. Born and raised in Rustenburg in the North West Province, the BSc Hons Computer Science graduate from UCT works as […]

Bethuel Regomoditswe  

Bethuel Regomoditswe believes if anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing well – ‘with heart and soul’. Bethuel Regomoditswe is not one to take the easy road to success. Having finished his undergraduate degree, he went straight into the workplace and a fulltime job… while completing actuarial studies part-time. “There are 13 exams to write […]

Nosiba Ndlovu

Nosiba Ndlovu’s unconventional upbringing has provided her with the grounding to overcome the challenge of university – and develop a pragmatic approach to life. Nosiba Ndlovu had a rather unconventional upbringing: she and her brother were raised by no less than four uncles, each of whom is a father figure to her. “l am that […]

Mfanakayise Zondo

Poverty may have been a feature of Mfanakayise Zondo’s young life – but it was enriched with an entrepreneurial spirit that spurred the will to succeed. As a child, Mfanakayise had to fetch water from the Umgeni River every morning for his family’s needs and collect firewood for cooking every evening. As the seventh of […]

Belardina Zunguza

“At any given point in my life I should be able to count at least five mentors.” “Whenever there was something new that could contribute to me being a more holistic person, my hand was always up.” Belardina Zunguza graduated from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) with a BCom Economics degree two days before her […]

Xolani Djedje

‘Xolani was so surprised by an email saying he had a Moshal Scholarship that he thought it was just spam.’ “My parents had sacrificed a lot to ensure I went to school, so I always had that at the back of my mind when I had to make a decision.” Xolani Djedje is an intern […]