Dr. Vuyane Mhlomi
Founder of the MH Foundation
There are many challenges facing higher education in South Africa, but one can never take away the success of NSFAS and the opportunity it’s given people in this country. I know this personally. Coming from a single-parent household my dreams of studying medicine at UCT were always coloured by the concerns of how we would afford it. However, through NFSAS I’ve been able to achieve and exceed my dreams. My time at UCT was one of the most influential in my life.
Like many of my peers, the ultimate indicator of achievement and success was the ability to study towards the career of my choice and through it create positive changes in my community. Without financial barriers I’ve been able to reach my full potential. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the leading minds in the world.
I shudder to think that a little over 20 years ago equally talented people were denied the opportunity of higher education due to a lack of financial support.