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AARON MOLOISI

“NSFAS was the invisible parent who paid for my studies at university. I became a top achieving student in my faculty and later on reached out to millions of disadvantaged young people through my TV job, and empowered them with information, thanks to NSFAS”



Career Field : Television
Occupation : TV Anchor; Entrepreneur.
Years Funded : 1996; 1997; 1998.
Institution : University of Fort Hare
Qualification : Degree in Chemistry & Microbiology

I come from a rural village called Ga-Dikgale outside Polokwane in Limpopo. I was raised by my grandmother together with my six cousins. We all stayed with our grandmother because our parents were away to work. It was a very competitive environment in a positive way. We all wanted to be the best we can be. My grandmother was particularly very encouraging towards me. She told me from a young age that I was never allow other people to achieve better than me. As I grew up, I carried that motivation with me throughout. I wanted to become a medical doctor when I was growing up.

After I matriculated in 1995, I applied to study medicine at three universities, but they all turned me down due to my grades. I eventually went to the University of Fort Hare where I enrolled for a degree in Chemistry and Microbiology. When I arrived at the campus for my first year in 1996, I heard for the first time about NSFAS. I applied and in a few weeks received the good news that my application was successful. NSFAS funded my tuition fees and gave me meal allowances. Even though I studied Chemistry and Microbiology, my first job was in Information Technology at a Johannesburg based company.

I had always had a desire to reach out to disadvantaged young people to help empower them with information. It was for this reason that after two years working in IT, I auditioned for a TV anchor opportunity at SABC 1. I got the job and became a TV presenter of an educational youth show called Take 5. After some years I presented yet another educational talk show called Shift on SABC 1. Through Shift, I toured the country, meeting with young people from poor backgrounds and empowering them with information. For the first time in my life, I felt that I was finally doing what I was called for. I did career exhibitions and motivational sessions across the country for high school learners.

I was having the best time of my life thanks to my invisible parent called NSFAS. Today I run my own media business and involved in other TV production jobs such as scriptwriting; producing; voice-overs and acting. Through television, I have been able to fulfil my desire of reaching out to young people who fell through the cracks because they could not get further education.

ADVICE TO CURRENT NSFAS STUDENTS:

“NSFAS is your helping hand. Make use of this helping hand and study hard to get good results. Make sure that you know who you are and what you want because it is difficult to achieve success when you do not know what you want. Do not compete with others, but strive to be the best you can be”.

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