Eyal Attias

Eyal is about to put on his white coat and stethoscope and walk into the wards of the Hebrew University Hadassah training hospital in Jerusalem. Now in his fourth year of medical school, he is about to start putting all the theory into practice, and he is very excited! Every medical student knows that he […]

Ahmad Amara

Ahmad is one of five children from an Israeli Arab family in Nazareth. His parents have never been able to work because of mental health problems. His father once started a university course, but his health issues prevented from completing his degree. Ahmad grew up hearing about his father’s frustrated ambitions and decided at an […]

Phumzile Shusha

The encouragement of just one person can give you the self-confidence and belief that you are capable of doing what others can’t. That was the case for pharmacy intern Phumzile Shusha. A teacher at her school – who never actually taught Phumzile – became her mentor. The woman, whom Phumzile still calls Miss Khoza, was drawn […]

Daphne Chiunye

When Daphne Chiunye’s dreams were twice almost destroyed, each time a generous person came to her rescue. The first was Olympic medallist and world-record holder in long-distance running Elana Meyer and the second was Martin Moshal, founder of the Moshal Scholarship Program. Both gave Daphne the chance to further her education, which was financially out […]

Esther Mafikeng

Esther Mafikeng’s two children – aged five and one – are her biggest incentives to do well in her BCom Accounting Science course. They are also the driving force behind her ultimate goal of becoming financial director of her own company. When this 23-year-old final-year Pretoria University student goes home to her little ones every […]

Jodie Colville

Jodie Colville gets a real kick out of proving people wrong about her. This 20-year-old has spent her life defying expectations. The daughter of a single and sickly mother, she grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in an area of Kleinvlei in the Western Cape known for gang violence. Against all odds, she […]

Thanduxolo Myende

Thanduxolo Myende loves a good challenge, but her matric exams posed the challenge of a lifetime. Her mother passed away two days into her final exams and it took every bit of determination to pass her exams well enough to still get into university. “My mother always pushed me to learn and told me that […]

Tiny Mapodile

Tiny Mapodile may have a name that means small but there is nothing diminutive about her. She may have come from a little-known South African tribe in Bushbuckridge, on the Mozambican border, but that hasn’t got in her way. This 18-year-old Pulana, who speaks Sepulana, is in her second year of a BSc in Biological […]

Pule Moltwantwa

Pule Moltwantwa, 20, is so passionate about mathematics he achieved 100% for it in matric and is determined to become a doctor in the subject. It’s not surprising then that the way this second-year University of Pretoria BSc maths student pays it forward is getting school children to understand what they can achieve if they […]

Noluthando Gatya

So often behind someone who excels is a teacher who believed in them. Noluthando Gatya, who will complete her BCom honours at the end of 2017, had such an economics teacher in high school. “Mrs Nywebeni was my special teacher in Grade 11 and 12,” says Noluthando. “She believed in me even when I didn’t […]