“I didn’t have money to study further” how many times have we heard that. its almost a cliche. These young people decided they wouldn’t become a cliche and they are now on the way to starting their academic lives. This is their story.
Imagine seven young people who have just matriculated and obtained six distinctions respectively, arrive at your doorstep with the news that despite their distinctions they will not be able to attend university because of financial constraints. All seven of them come from disadvantaged households in the Katlehong area in the east of Gauteng, but they have worked hard and have earned a place at some of South Africa’s prestigious Universities: 2 have been accepted at University of Cape Town, 4 at Wits University and the 1 at University of Pretoria.
As luck would have they knocked at the right door. They knocked at the door of Lebohang Khitsane, a young businessman based in katlehong, popularly known for his charitable work in his community and his stint on the inaugural Big Break Legacy TV show.
This is South Africa, big hearts lurk everywhere and anything is possible! Lebohang has managed to arrange bursaries for all seven students to study fields like actuarial sciences, medicine and Engineering. The bursaries were provided by the City of Ekurhuleni.
Lebohang reached out to his network of friends and they have succeeded to kick start the dreams of these young people. To date accommodation for 3 of the Wits students has been paid for. But we still need to complete the job and ensure all of them have accommodation and financial support they will need to complete their degrees.
Lebohang said “As an organization that works within the community, we have a social obligation and responsibility to contribute towards its development and progress by nurturing young leaders, however, we cannot do it alone and therefore appeal to you to assist us in this endeavor.”
A cocktail event will be held on the 25th January at the Birchwood Hotel. The event will be hosted by Kaya Fm’s Thabo “Tbos” Mokwele and sponsored by the Lebohang’s Company Bataung Memorial Tombstones and the Birchwood hotel. It’s a fundraising event to raise the outstanding accommodation fees for four of the students.
Please contact Lebohang for contributions, assistance & invites on 0835221931 or firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the Students:
- Vuyisile Tshangela (18) Medical Studies at Wits University
- Nasiphi Hlalele (18) Actuarial Science at University of Pretoria
- Napo Sehloho (17) Actuarial Science at University of Cape Town
- Palesa Khanye (18) Medical Studies at Wits University and
- Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo (18) Medical Studies at University of Cape Town
- Boitumelo Mokhoase (18) Mining at Wits University
- Tsepiso Vilakazi (18) Law at Wits University
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The Students, Lebohang Khitsane and Elizabeth Thabethe (Deputy minister of DTI) Photographer: House photographer