Ilunga Mutonkole

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 […]

Efrat Yulzary

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 […]

Fezile Manzini

I am Fezile Manzini, I am a medical doctor. I was born in Johannesburg and had a very unstable childhood. My parents divorced when I was five years old and I had no contact with my father until I was in my late teens. I have three siblings – my twin brothers are both 22 […]

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. […]

Aisha Kamedien

Refusing to become a cape flats statistic Aisha Kamedien grew up in Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats, an impoverished area synonymous with drugs and gang violence. “Poor people, people of colour especially, are much more likely to be found in prison or hooked on drugs than in institutions of higher education, but I refused […]

Christina Nseir

“I believe wholeheartedly in the Moshal mantra of paying it forward, and I will continue to support my family and my community in any way that I can” Christina started her first year with no financial backing, but she was fortunate to be selected to receive a Moshal Scholarship. She learned many important life skills […]

Nkokhelo Mhlongo

When Nkokhelo Mhlongo was a little boy, all he dreamed of was getting a matric and finding a job. That was the most anyone in his rural KwaZulu-Natal village aspired to. Today, armed with a BSc in Computer Science and Information Systems and a job developing software, this 24-year-old dreams of setting up a business […]