Nkululeko Chiliza

“I believe that if a person makes it in life, it is their moral duty to give back to the community.” ‘Nkululeko calls Martin Moshal his “own Moses” because he took him and others away from hardship.’ When he was just 14, Nkululeko witnessed his aunt being chased from her home without her children because […]

Avuyonke Balfour

“I’ve stopped seeing Moshal as financial support, but as family.” “The teachers at the rural school always made us feel like we would go somewhere in life.” As the only boy growing up among the many women in his family, Avuyonke Balfour learned most of life’s lessons from his mother, grandmother and aunts. “They were […]

Siphamandla Mpanza

“Life taught me the art of survival and when I learnt about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, I realised that I had mastered the art of adaptation.” “I want to travel and taste different foods and try different cultures.” Siphamandla Mpanza was 14 when his mother died giving birth, leaving him to run the household […]

Muhammad Hussain

“Sometimes life throws curve balls at you, but your attitude to those is more important than the problem itself.” “Seeing my res mates go out every night and come back drunk was a real culture shock.” From an early age Muhammad Hussain believed university to be a place where the exchange of ideas and knowledge […]

Mxolisi Nkosi

“I was so close to my mother and wanted so much to become the best I could be to help look after her financially as she always hustled so hard for me.” “I just can’t give up now. I’ve come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me the road would be easy.” […]

Prince Baloyi

“Tenacity is the engine of my achievements.” “I have had to learn to be more of a people’s person … my Moshal Scholarship courses have helped a lot with that.” Great things might be expected from a person whose birth name is “Prince”, but not nearly as much as mechanical engineering graduate Prince Baloyi expects […]

Bongile Langa

“I took the personality quizzes online and did those for careers that were suitable for my personality,” “I can’t help thinking of those who never got such an opportunity to honour their dreams to study, because of finances.” Bongile Langa walked away from studying pharmacy at the University of Western Cape because he couldn’t pay […]

Zanele Shezi

“When this woman spoke, she motivated me. She was black, fierce and very wise.” and “I have learnt about myself, growing from a very shy girl to a confident woman.” Zanele Shezi has always dreamt of being CEO of a top company. While this is a fairly common aspiration for young people, this 22-year-old’s determination, […]

Zenzele Dlamini

“I like to live by the saying: ‘If your dreams aren’t scaring you, they aren’t big enough.” Zenzele Dlamini’s first name means “do it yourself’ in Zulu and he has lived up to that name, never waiting around for anyone to help him do what he could do him-self. And it has paid off, considering […]

Lerato Modau

“I had the dreams, but I wouldn’t have been able to realise them alone.” “At her birthday party at school last year, she said: ‘You see, Mommy, you are making our lives better.’ “ When Lerato Modau was a little child, walking kilometres every day to fetch water and wood and then cooking and cleaning […]