“There is no peace greater than knowing that your tuition fees are being paid. NSFAS was the last hope I had, so I made sure I did not play with the opportunity”

Career Field : Corporate Communications
Occupation : Head of Communications
Years Funded : 1998; 1999; 2000.
Institution : Tshwane University of Technology
Course : National Diploma, Journalism

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.


“NSFAS was the last hope I had, so I made sure I did not play with the opportunity. In my whole three years at the university, I never touched alcohol or smoked. That is how much I wanted to make the most from the support I was getting from NSFAS. Do the same, do everything you can to hold on to this privilege, even if it means sacrificing your social life”.


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