Namso Nyamela

Namso Nyamela was brought up to believe she was a princess – until her father was shot dead outside their home in Bisho in 2001. She was just nine years old. Namso has learnt to call on her “fighting spirit” to overcome the hardships thrown her way. Both her parents were teachers, so they understood […]

Evelyn Moabelo

“I always look back and acknowledge that the Moshal scholarship was God working.” “I love teaching mathematics because it is a subject that ignites thinking and creativity.” Evelyn Moabelo’s enduring love for mathematics was nurtured by her high school teacher Ms Modibane, who put in countless hours to help her achieve better marks for the […]

Bonginkosi Khoza

“I want to go back to schools back home and tell them how important education is and show them the importance of working hard”. Being determined to change his and his family’s fate has been the driving force in Bonginkosi Khoza – who grew up in a child-headed household – getting to university and doing […]

Suvanna Pitamber

When people notice confident young businesswoman Suvanna Pitamber driving around Cape Town in her Polo Vivo, they would have no idea just what it took to get to where she is today. This 24-year-old KPMG trainee accountant grew up living in someone’s garage in Isipingo, near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, with her mother, father and sister. […]

Ahmad Saadi

Ahmad lives in an Israeli Arab village near Nazareth and his father works in construction. His mother is the senior of his father’s two wives, and Ahmad has four sisters, one brother, and three half-sisters. He was fortunate to attend one of the top high schools in that city. The students there were encouraged to […]

Nonhlanhla Nhlapo

Nonhlanhla Nhlapo battled to read as a child and had learning difficulties, but with sheer determination she overcame these and the many other barriers to her becoming a chartered accountant and putting poverty behind her. Today, Nonhlanhla, nearly 20, is in the second year of her Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSci) at Wits University and […]