Jacinthe Mutuzo

Jacinthe Mutuzo will not let the scars of being born in Rwanda shortly after the genocide to parents who crossed the Hutu-Tutsi divide get in the way of her future in South Africa. In her second year of BCom Information Science, this 21-year-old has made her home with nuns and dedicates her free time to […]

Alex Menu

Few would suspect the gumboot dancer with a social message and a twinkle in his eye is actually en route to becoming a doctor. Alex Menu doesn’t dwell on hardships but rather strives to get the most out of life. Along the way, he is determined to help as many people as possible before ultimately […]

Wendy Tjebane

In 2017 Wendy Tjebane, a sweet, shy and very determined 22-year-old, will enter what has always been a predominantly male profession, civil engineering. But having overcome many hardships to get her degree, nothing will stop Wendy realising her dreams. She grew up in a rural village in Limpopo with an uncle because her mother died […]

Sibusiso Molteno

Sibusiso Molteno grew up wanting a gun, fast money and to be a drug kingpin. He was on a fast track to a life of crime that would have ended either in prison or death. “That was life on the streets of Alex (Alexandra township in Johannesburg) — if you have a gun, everything is easier,” […]

Abraham Fridman

Abraham was born in Russia and immigrated with his parents to Israel when he was 10 years old. Despite not speaking Hebrew when he arrived, Abraham managed to do extremely well at school, excelling not only in his academic studies but also in sports and music. “It is well-known in Israel that Russian parents push […]

Rachel Levy

Rachel Levy was expected to become a teacher, like many women in her religious community, but decided that she wanted a bigger challenge: today she is now in her third year of medical school and hoping to become a doctor. Growing up as one of 5 children in one of Israel’s poorest southern towns, there was […]

Eli Nisan

Eli grew up in a typical Charedi (ultra-orthodox) Jewish home in Israel’s super-conservative city of BneiBrak, where his father works as a traditional scribe, writing Torah scrolls using pen and ink.  He and his 4 brothers and sisters were encouraged to excel in both their religious and secular studies, graduating high school with good qualifications […]

Kholofelo Matlakala

Kholofelo Matlakala is determined to empower young women and, at just 21 years of age, she has already mapped out a life of service for herself. Kholofelo is in her second year of medicine at Wits University, but when her hectic academic schedule allows, she collects feminine hygiene products to give to disadvantaged teenage girls. […]

Juliet Mantso

Juliet Mantso has had to overcome much more than socio-economic troubles on her path to becoming a doctor. And although her vehicle wavered, she has persevered. In the latter part of 2014, she had to put her medical degree on hold for six months, but she came back with a vengeance this year. So much […]

Gary Felix

It takes a special kind of person to achieve their goals despite adversity and repeatedly being told they not capable of doing so. Gary Felix is a special kind of guy. Gary grew up on the wrong side of the track in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town. His father worked on the railways and his […]