Grabbing every opportunity with both hands
A panoply of career options made achieving pupil Belardina Zunguza unsure about which profession to pursue one day. Now, having benefited from sound mentorship and armed with a degree in economics, she has found a home in the fast-moving consumable goods industry.
For the love of maths
When Evelyn Moabelo struggled to find employment with her BSc environmental and geographical sciences degree, she turned to her first love – mathematics.
At the frontline of solving problems
Now solving business problems at bidorbuy.com, numbers whizz Xolani Djedje might have taken a more destructive path in life. However, his love for his supportive family made him choose a more successful route.
Mastering the science of success
Avuyonke Balfour was accepted by Rhodes University to study a BSc, but never gave the letter to his mother because he felt the admission would be an “unnecessary expense”. His teachers intervened and, with the help of a Moshal Scholarship, he is now doing his Masters in biotechnology.
Freedom to legal rights
Being one of the youngest of 15 children of a polygamist policeman, Nkululeko Chiliza learnt it was up to him to “adapt and adjust” in order to get where he wanted to go. It seems to work seeing as he has completed a law degree.
Never letting life's hardships stop him
The hardships didn't seem to let up for Siphamandla Mpanza, what with his father being blinded, his mother dying at childbirth and the family being thrown out of their home.But, this young man- who recently completed his law degree- just kept focusing on his passion for learning and achieving.
Education is everything
His desire to go to university was bigger than any of the financial stresses he may have felt as a child. Today Muhammad Hussain has a B.Com Accountancy behind him, but has veered in a totally different direction.
The words that kept him going
Mxolisi Nkosi was only 12 years old when his mother died and he lost his centre of gravity. At the time, this second-year BCom Accounting student became even more determined to make her proud by working that much harder to get a university education.
Living up to his name
Prince Baloyi has big dreams and with his proven tenacity, this mechanical engineering graduate is most likely to be a name we will hear a great deal of in the future in business and/or politics.
From cowherd to independent audiologist
With his very rural upbringing, Bongile Langa found his career path in an unorthodox manner, and learnt his lessons the hard way. Despite that, he persevered and now runs his own audiology practice in Brits.
Dreams of being a business leader
The daughter of a retired KwaZulu-Natal librarian clerk and nurse, Zanele Shezi plans to become CEO of a top company. And this accounting honours student has a history of realising her dreams…
Success is Our Only Option
Christina is an Israeli Arab from the Christian community in Nazareth. She studied hard at school to get the grades she needed to apply to university. She was accepted to study Electrical Engineering at the Technion in Haifa, but she needed financial assistance.
Not Waiting for a Hand Up
Zenzele Dlamini lives by the belief "if your dreams aren't scaring you, they aren't big enough" and he has big dreams. This B.Com graduate with a post graduate diploma in enterprise management certainly has't stopped dreaming now that he is gainfully emplyoed.
A better future against all odds
There were many times that giving up seemed the only option for Lerato Modau, but the girl who cooked, cleaned and walked miles for water and wood for her family is now fulfilling her dream of “a better life” for her and her daughter. She is a BCom graduate and an assistant accountant at a top insurance company.
Inspired by a big double bed
Qaqamba Maxamba dream of making her single unemployed mother’s life easier once she acquired a top education and was able to work in her chosen field. Today, this B.Sc Honours graduate has already improved her mother’s life and this is just the beginning.
A passion for physio
Once Mitchell’s Plain schoolgirl Shafiya Sait had that ‘aha’ moment on seeing the work physiotherapists do to help the elderly and children overcome movement disorders, she knew what she wanted to be. Nothing else would make her happy. It was a long and tough journey for Shafiya — who was smart and passionate about sport — to achieve, but she didn't give up…
Doing for others what was done for her
Selina Thabede’s mother was determined her daughter would get a top education so she could make something of herself, despite not being able to afford it. Getting into BCom, Selina under-stood the huge financial struggle her tertiary education was going to be.
That was until the Moshal Scholarship Program stepped in. Today Selina has a honours degree in HR development and is a human resource administrator for an international firm.
When Elior was 19, one of his younger brothers was diagnosed with a serious illness. For six months his parents spent all their time at the hospital, and Elior moved back home to take care of his three other siblings. He accepted this responsibility willingly, but he always had his eye on the main goal – to get to university and make a difference in the world.
Knowing You Are Not Alone
Nir Pinko remembers feeling as a young boy that he would one day stand alone with no one to support him, so he must do his best at school in order to get into university and find a good job. As the youngest of four boys growing up in a poor suburb of Beer Sheva, it always fell to Nir to help his parents, particularly when his father suffered a work accident and need several operations. While still at high school, he took responsibility for much of the house work and shopping, and he asked that his national service be somewhere local to home so that he could continue to help out.
He grew up in a two-roomed RDP house, but will be building structures with thousands of rooms. He grew up without electricity and will build huge power stations. He grew up playing on dusty roads, but could soon be building streets that connect cities. Kenny Phasha is a civil engineer with the world at his feet.
Encouragement Not Pressure
Sofia graduated in 2015 from Ben Gurion University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and she is now working in a major production facility for TEVA Pharmaceuticals – a world-leading chemicals company.
Kudzanai Shambambeva finds numbers a cinch but realising his dream to become an accountant proved much more difficult, especially when the laws allowing foreign students at local universities to get work in South Africa changed literally a few months before he graduated.
“When I opened the email I thought that it was one of those spam messages saying “You have won a million dollars” – I didn’t believe it! I kept opening it and reading it again, until I realized that it was real – I had been given a full scholarship!”
Tatiana’s father died when she was at school and her mother was disabled and could not work. She had to work hard to support herself, but she had a dream to go to university. She decided to sign up to study at the Haifa Technion without really knowing who would pay her tuition after the first semester. She filled in the university forms to request financial aid, but she did not expect to be able to continue with her degree, until she received the email from Moshal that changed her life.
Thanks to that scholarship, Tatiana was able to complete her BSc degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. During her third year she taught courses to the younger students as a teaching assistant, and while still at university she was hired as an information systems engineer at a prestigious local company. At the same time, she also got married and gave birth to a sweet baby boy!
“I tell the kids that I meet “Never stop dreaming!” Today, I am working and enabling my husband to study accountancy. I know that by building my career and building a family, I am investing in my child and his future. Everything that I am and everything that I can do is thanks to the support that I received from the Moshal Scholarship Program.”
The long walk to becoming a doctor
For too many years Congolese doctor Ilunga Mutonkole did not know whether he would ever be able to put the letters D and R before his name. From war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo to Zambia and then South Africa, it has been a tough journey.
Ilunga – one of six siblings - spent his first 11 years on a military barracks in the DRC with his dentist father and nurse mother. Throughout his childhood he was surrounded by war. “When the shooting started, we had to run indoors, lie in corridors and hide until it stopped,” he says of the years before the family moved to Lubumbashi.
But even in the big city there were a lot of civilian casualties. Realising that war and economic stress were not going to subside, his parents moved the family to Zambia, where Ilunga, then 15, started matric at a top government boarding school.
This was a rude awakening for the French-speaking boy: he was expected to know English and Nyanja, the predominant local language.
A doctor against all odds
Fezile Manzini dreamed of becoming a doctor from the age of six, but despite her sheer perseverance over the years, she believes that she has defied statistics by achieving her goals. She believes that people with her background don’t usually stand much chance for success.
The Formula For Success
Efrat grew up in a disadvantaged area of northern Israel as one of four children. Their mother was disabled and unable to work, and their socio-economic situation was difficult, so they always went short.
When she graduated high school, Efrat signed up for two years of national service, which is compulsory in Israel. She stayed on for an extra four years because she was earning a steady salary, but she knew she wanted to do more with her life. “I was not using my brain, and I didn’t want to settle for a basic standard of living in line with my parents’ expectations. I knew I wanted more and could do more.”
Tapping into her ‘fighter spirit’
From being the shy girl who was teased because she couldn’t speak English at her new school and battled to get over 12% (because of the language hurdle), Namso has a BSc Honours degree in environmental management. She is now a research assistant for a PhD candidate, who is mentoring her towards her Masters of Science.
Changing his family's fate
Bonginkosi Khoza grew up in a child-headed household and was determined he was going to change the path his family was taking by getting a good education. He defied the teacher’s strike in 2010 and got a top matric and made his way to Rhodes University to do a BCom, without even having a place to stay. He has since graduated with a BCom Honours and is working at Nestle.
Education For Everyone
Our lives changed drastically when my father passed away while my mother was pregnant with my little sister. I was 3 and my brother was 12.
My mother had no formal education but she would always tell us that she would rather have no food in her belly or clothes on her back than have children who were not in school. It was hard but eventually I completed my high school education. Getting funding to continue a tertiary education is not easy where I come from and although some students complete high school with distinction, many of us end up working in menial jobs.
Perhaps this is why the kindness and generosity of people like Martin Moshal are so important. Some say little girls from Africa are not supposed to go to school, they’re not supposed to get degrees and they are not supposed to change the world! I did my Economics Honours degree at Rhodes and now I am working as a Banking Strategy Researcher at Genesis Analytics.
Getting this funding has changed not only my life but the lives of my family and those of many young people I know. I may not be able to change the world but I can change myself and those around me and being awarded such a blessing has provided me with the tools to change my community.
“It is going very well in the adult world. I love where I am working and the complete strangeness of starting in a new place has reduced to once a week experiences rather than daily floods. The experience that I gain at the mixed practice is unbelievable and we, my house mate and I, also get time to travel and see the Eastern Cape at least one weekend a month.
Thank you once again for all the preparation at the training weekends, it made the transition from student to adult very smooth”.
"Work has certainly been an amazing, developing, critical and growing experience towards my goals thus far. I have always dreamt of becoming a man with significant insight in the corporate world, and today I am on the road to that dream. I had numerous challenges leading up to today, and I am tremendously grateful to you and the team, for always trying your best to help us, kids who did nothing but sought a better life, did their best at school and achieved. It feels absolutely amazing to be independent and to have money that I have worked for, to budget and save, to start planning for a comfortable future and to invest. The scholarship helped me way more than by just funding me, but branded me in a way I never thought I'd see myself".
Only One Way Up!
She grew up living with her family in a tiny garage in KZN, but Suvanna Pitamber and her parents were determined she going to have a better life than they had. They put everything they could into her education and, with the help of the Moshal Scholarship Program, Suvanna has a BCom Honours and is a KPMG trainee accountant. She got pleasure in relocating her parents to live with her in a flat in Cape Town.
More to life than just a matric
His family encouraged him to get a matric and a decent job, but his teachers recognized that Nkokhelo Mhlongo was capable of so much more. Today, he is an associate software engineer at ACI Worldwide.
Our Moshal Scholars stay within the Moshal family as Alumni after graduating. As members of our Alumni Association, they actively contribute to our Program by assisting younger Scholars to think about employment and encourage school aged students to aim for university.
We also offer our Alumni opportunities for ongoing learning, coaching and networking to help them adjust and succeed in the world of work.