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How to qualify to further
your studies at Higher
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There’s a Bright Future Ahead of You
Contact Details | P O Box 291 341 | Melville JHB | 2019
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Acknowledgements ................................................................2
Introduction ...............................................................................3
The Points System.............................................................................................
Some of the Accredited South African Institutions
of Higher Learning.........................................................................................
Funding Options ..............................................................
Planning for the future ...........................................................4
Knowing yourself.......................................................................................................4
Finding information.................................................................................................4
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) ................11
Choosing the right subjects in Grade 10 .........................5
Study Loans from Banks ................................................................................... 12
Post-School Study Options ...................................................6
Further Education and Training Collages (FET)..................................6
Programmes offered at FET Colleges offer............................................6
Young Professionals Profiles .............................................. 13
Appendices ................................................................................................................42
Apprenticeship Route and Nated Courses........................................... 7
Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs)......7
Higher Education through Universities or Universities
of Technology (Institutions of Higher Learner)..............8
How to qualify to further your studies at Institutions
of Higher Learning? .................................................................................................8
The Professional Aiders Foundation (PAF) would like to express its sincere
appreciation and gratitude to the following organisations and people in no
order of importance:
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for allowing the PAF
to use some of the content from Khetha Booklet.
Vusi Maupa for the editorial work of this publication.
Keolopile Makgamathe, Isaah Mhlanga, Lindokuhle B Nkanyane, George
Sepeng, Sinethemba Cele, Tsheko Kopong, John Maseko, Manoko
Phalane, Zama Matsibi, Kagiso Motlhasedi, Ndiphiwe Dlomo, Tiyiselani
Ntimbane, Rethabile Mashale and Weaven Ngobeni for making
yourselves available and providing the PAF with your success stories for
the guide.
Thebado Consulting, our auditors, words cannot express our
All Members of the PAF for your consistent support and contribution to
Last, but not least the management of PAF; Lassy Mathebula, Isaah
appreciation for your professionalism and excellent services.
the success of the organisation.
Mhlanga and Prudence Makhubele thank you for your leadership
and support.
These are the people that have made it possible for this career guide to be
issued. PAF is very proud to have worked with them on this project.
There’s a Bright Future Ahead of You
he PAF has compiled this career guide for the readers’
have no funding, the booklet also outlines the funding options
benefits, learners in particular. We hope the guide will be
available for learners. Lastly you will read the profiles of young
informative and help you in making a decision about the
professionals sharing their success stories in the various disciplines
career you would like to pursue. The purpose of the guide is to provide
that we have covered.
important information needed by learners at secondary school level
in making future plans about their careers. We aim to reach out to all
It’s time for young people to empower themselves with education.
learners but our focus is on learners are schooling in the previously
No matter what happens in life, education is the one thing that
disadvantage areas as they lack the necessary information on career
no one can take away from you. Like Mahatma Gandhi once said
guidance. At times these learners find themselves wasting valuable
“live as if we were to die tomorrow and learn as if we were to live
time pursuing careers incompatible with their skills, knowledge and
forever”, I encourage you to make the best use of the opportunities
interests amongst others.
provided to you by this booklet.
In this book we have tried to give you guidance that will help you
Learners need to make it a priority to understand why they are
choose the field of study. We believe that it is very important to
going to school and always aspire to be something great in life.
choose a field that you are passionate about i.e. a field that you love,
In today’s socio-economic world it is tough to survive without
a field that interests you the most, a field that brings excitement
education. For example, without education it is difficult to land a
when you or someone else talks about it. This is the key to success
decent job which will enable one to afford a basic start of living such
in your studies. At times learners are confused or unsure about what
as decent shelter and sustainable provision for the family. Education
to study when they finish grade 12. So they are often influenced by
not only helps one to improve your life, but it also improves the
factors like friends, family, money, etc. in choosing a field of study.
lives of those around you.
Let your passion, love, interest and future plans be your guide in
choosing a field of study.
I urge the youth of South Africa to stand and make a change in their
lives and communities. Let us start by being the nation that sees
The booklet among other things encourages learners to know and
value in education. There are so many opportunities waiting for the
understand their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes in
youth. Don’t waste time, be the change you want to see.
making career decisions. The understanding of such personality
traits is an important cornerstone for a successful career future.
Learners need to allow their passion to drive them towards their
dreams, since passion is a vital motivator for one to succeed. As
you read the individual success stories later in the booklet, you
will realise that most of the persons profiled, including myself, talk
Mr Charles Basheer Cele
about passion they have for their career/profession and how it
Chairperson of the Professional Aiders Foundation
helped them succeed.
The booklet also gives guidance on the various post school
study options i.e. FET Colleges, Universities and Universities of
Technology and also outlining the entry requirements for these
tertiary institutions. At times learners qualify for tertiary studies but
oung people must take it upon themselves to ensure that
they receive the highest education possible so that they can
“I loved analysis, investigating, having to solve riddles and solving
represent us well in future as future leaders.” Nelson Mandela
problems with unconventional thinking methods sometimes even
There are many careers out there to choose from, you can become
numbers and write stories based on the numbers backed up by Policy
an accountant, a doctor, chef, investment banker, pilot, musician,
understanding.” George Sepeng (B.Com Economics, Budget Analyst at
stage performer, journalist, author, nurse and police official to
National Treasury).
undocumented. My job is not restrictive and allows me to work with
mention just a few. It is all up to you, with so many options making
a choice on something you imagine yourself doing. So it all starts
“At a young age, I had this overwhelming fascination with technology
with you taking that first step in deciding your career path. Do not
and gadgets. At the age of 10, I would set up television stations for my
allow your current circumstances define who you are but let them
neighbours, configure cell phone settings and download content from
encourage you to greatness.
the internet before kids my age even knew what the internet is. From
that time, it became clear to me my career lied within the technology
As part of your planning you need to do research on the career
space” Tiyiselani Ntimbane; Business Analyst – Eskom Group IT
you want to take, find people you can talk to, ask questions, and
seek advice. This will help in shaping your career, keeping focus at
Next, you need to think about your aspirations, and visualise yourself
tertiary will save you money and time. So the first thing is knowing
in life (i.e. where do u see yourself at the age of 35), e.g. do you see
yourself first!
yourself as a Chief Financial Officer or Chief Executive Officer of a
big company, businessman, doctor, highly rated performer, etc. The
1.1 Knowing Yourself
As emphasised in the preceding section, an important step in
your planning process for the future is to understand yourself.
You need to ask yourself: what is it about the field of study and
the work that interests you? I recommend you take some time to
think about your interests, strengths and weaknesses (make a list
of these things), example if you want to be a pilot but have poor
eyesight ’that cannot be corrected (i.e. by having an operation or
wearing glasses) that can make your dream virtually impossible to
achieve. Be realistic and honest with yourself when you ask yourself
common mistake that we do when choosing careers is that we look
at the money or monthly salary you will get from the profession. As
a result you end up with the job you do not enjoy. It is likely that you
will spend most of your life at you work place, so it is very important
that you enjoy what you do over the money that you get from
what you do. Finding a meaningful job can add great value and
satisfaction to your life. What is it that you are passionate about?
What would you like to achieve in life.
1.2 Finding information
the sell-introspecting questions such as; what am I good at? Am I
Making a decision about your career can be a challenging task, by
creative? Am I good at problem solving? Which of my skills need
now you should have reflected on your future career. Before making
improvement? Do I prefer the outdoors rather than the indoors?
a big decision in life it is always good to seek advice and to look for
Do I enjoy working with people? You can think of more questions
as much information as you possibly can get. A good place to start
that can help you in knowing yourself. If you are finding it hard in
looking for information is the library, internet (if you have access),
answering these questions talk to your teacher, family member or
bookshops, newspapers and community members. Below are
friends that are close to you and you trust and respect.
useful online sources of information;, ncap.,,
Take for example an abstract from two persons profiled in this
ow that you have completed your introspection it is time to look at
the subject choices you have made or going to make for grade 10. It is
very important to understand that the combinations of subjects you
choose for grade 10 are aligned with your intended field of study at tertiary.
These are the subjects you will matriculate, apply for tertiary studies and
funding (bursaries or study loans) with. If you are unsure as to what you are
going study it is advisable to take subjects that will give you a wide variety
of options rather than limit you. It is good to have options than limitations,
e.g. if you would like to go to university and study a degree in engineering
or commerce or law you must at least have done pure Maths and English at
school. If you have taken Maths Literacy your available option will be limited.
For all those students that would like to further their studies at university level
please take note that Maths Literacy can limit your chances of applying at such
institutions. Please consult the various universities for their entry requirements
for more information. For you to be considered you need to have successfully
completed the National Senior Certificate.
Once again speak to family member, teacher or anybody in the field you intend
to study to give you advice especially whist you are in grade 9 with regards to the
subjects you need to take in Grade 10. But it must be emphasised that your subject
choices, just like your career, must be linked to your strengths, qualities and ability
to comprehend. Because your next challenge will be to pass the subjects you have
chosen and it will be required that you pass with good grades.
here are various options available to further one’s
FET Colleges offer programmes that combine both theoretical and
study after secondary school. But it all depends on the
practical elements of fields of study, equip leaners with skills for the
qualification one leaves school with. See below for school
workplace or further learning. There are about 50 official public FET
leaving options.
Colleges in South Africa and over 500 private ones to date. For a full
list please visit (click on Education tab then
In South Africa one is allowed to leave school after completing
choose Further Education Training Collage).
grade 9 or grade 12. So if you have successfully completed grade
9 you can only further your studies at a Further Education and
Training College (FET). Whilst if you have successfully completed
your grade 12 and have obtained your National Senior Certificate.
Then you can go further and apply at universities provided you
meet the entry requirements of the field of study.
Further Education and Training Collage (FET)
Programmes offered at FET Colleges
Should you decide to take this route after successfully completed
grade 9 you will have to choose a specialisation field from a possible
list of 17 below:
1. Civil Engineering and Building
9. Management
An FET College is an institution that offers vocational training
2. Drawing Office Practice
10. Marketing
(education based on occupation or employment) (also known
3. Education and Development
11. Mechatronics
as vocational education and training or VET). It is education that
4. Electrical Infrastructure Construction 12. Office Administration
prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various
5. Engineering and related design
levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position in
6. Finance, Economics and Accounting 14. Process Instrumentation
technical, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, pharmacy,
law etc. Craft vocations are usually based on manual or practical
activities (non-academic) related to a specific trade, occupation,
or vocation and occupational qualification such as the National
Certificate: Vocational – NC(V) as well as Nated (N) courses. These
qualification and courses are offered to various levels to study for
learners who have completed grade 9 or 12.
FET Colleges also offers apprenticeship programmes. This is a
combination of theory, practical and workplace practice in a chosen
field of trade. In the case of listed trades such as; boiler making,
welding, carpentry and many others, learners are required to pass
trade tests to qualify as artisans. Non-list trades include qualifications
in health care, early childhood development, music etc.
13. Primary Agriculture
7. Hospitality
15. Process Plant Operation
8. Information Technology and
16. Safety in Society
Computer Science
Once you have chosen your specialisation, you then need to
choose specific subjects in order to complete a NC (V).
You are required to complete seven subjects, including three
compulsory fundamental subjects. So you will have three
compulsory subjects and four specialisation subjects. Three of four
specialisation subjects are also compulsory (as defined in the area
of specialisation) whilst the fourth subject is optional.
3 Compulsory Fundamental 4 Specialisation Subjects
Engineering, while N4 to N6 are certificates in Business Studies,
Engineering Studies and Non-Engineering Studies. (See Appendix A
Language – Home Language
for FET contact details)
Sector Education and Training Authorities
In South Africa, SETAs encourage skills development in specific
Subject 1
Maths or Maths Literacy
Subject 2
Life Orientation
Subject 3
economic sectors like agriculture, banking and finance, arts and
Specialisation Subject (of your
culture, construction, chemical industry, education and training,
energy and water, food and beverage industry, health and welfare,
local government, engineering and manufacturing, media and
Please note: if you are planning to continue with studies at a higher
advertising, mining, safety and security, wholesale and retail, public
education institution (like university), it is advisable to choose Pure
services, etc.
Maths and English.
Currently there are 21 SETAs that focus on promoting skills
Apprenticeship Route and Nated Courses
Should a learner decide to take this route and become a qualified
artisan in one of the listed trades he/she will need, to complete
a workplace training and theoretical component at an FET
College. To become a qualified artisan, a learner is required to
complete a Skills Education Training Authorities (SETA) (section to
follow) qualification or an N course when the learner is doing an
What is an Artisan? An artisan is a person that is skilled in a
specialised trade. South Africa always has a great need for highly
development in their respective sectors. SETAs focus on providing
skills development and training to people employed or seeking
employment in a particular sector. They are tasked in developing
skills in response to a skills shortage of a particular sector.
So once you have chosen work of a particular sector that you are
interested in, you can visit SETA’s website or contact their offices
to get more information. They can also help you in to find funding
options and avenues to gain skills while you are working. (See
Appendix C at the back of the book for more details)
Vocational (Workplace) Route
skilled artisans and there is a huge shortage of such people in
A learner can also pursue a vocational route by means of a
the country.
learnership. He/she can work and study a SETA learnership
that leads to an NQF-accredited qualification. A learnership is a
All artisan trade-related apprenticeships require the following;
structured learning programme that is managed by SETAs. They
Maths and Engineering Science
were introduced by the government to help skill the nation and
Engineering Drawing or Industrial Electronics or other relevant
to prepare learners for workplace. They are work-based learning
subjects depending on the particular trade requirements
programmes and are directly related to occupation or field of
A relevant artisan Trade Theory subject (e.g. Electrical Trade Theory)
work. They help learners gain the necessary skills and workplace
The N courses are offered at an FET Colleges and a learner is
experience while opening up employment opportunities.
required to have completed between 18 to 24 months of relevant
How do Learnerships work?
practical application in the workplace. N1 to N3 are certificates in
Learnerships require you to complete a theoretical course as well
as a practical training which is done at work place, in order to
graduate. The workplace component of the qualification involves
hands-on, practical training under the guide of a mentor, while the
theoretical component is provided by the education and training
provider. Together they form an integrated and comprehensive
learning programme.
The entry requirements differ from learnership to learnership,
therefore it advisable to consult/contact the learnership provider
for full details on the specific entry requirements of the learnership.
For most learnerships the minimum entry requirement is a National
Senior Certificate (Matric) of National Certificate: Vocational, but
there are many more subject or even skills requirements such as
computer literacy.
Learnerships are available to young people that have completed
school, college or any other learning/training institution. You must
be between the ages 16 and 35 years to be eligible for selection.
Unemployed South African youth can only participate in a
learnership if there is an employer prepared to provide the required
work experience.
3.3. Higher education through Universities or
Universities of Technology (Higher Learning
Universities: these are traditionally academic universities that
mainly offer qualifications such higher certificate, advanced
diplomas and degrees in disciplines of knowledge.
Universities of technology: these are institutions that offer
qualifications such higher certificate, advanced certificate, diplomas
and advanced diplomas and degrees oriented to particular areas of
Should you decide to go to a university or university of technology,
you will mainly be learning in an academic environment (mainly
theoretical). These institutions of higher learning also offer options
for advancing your studies and further specialisations through post
graduate diplomas and degrees, masters and doctoral degrees.
3.3.1 How to qualify to further you studies in Higher
Learning Institutions?
When applying to further your studies at a university it is important
A learnership is dependent on a contract which legally binds the
to read the university brochure as entry requirements vary from
learner, employer and training provider. This contract requires
university to university and also depended on the chosen field of
the learner to be employed for the duration of the learnership. A
learner is paid an allowance (not a salary) whilst in the learnership
programme, this is just to cover expenses like food and travelling
Nevertheless for one to qualify they must have successfully
costs. Once the learnership programme is complete, the employer
completed their matric, this is the primary requirement irrespective
can decide on whether to continue to employ the learner or not.
of what field you have chosen. The following steps will help you
However, the skills and training a learner receives should place him/
qualify to study the chosen field for example BCom (Accounting),
her in a better place to get employment should the employer end
BSc (electrical engineering).
the employment contract after learnership programme.
Most universities require learners to write a National Benchmark
The entry requirements differ from learnership to learnership. Please
Test (NBT), these results together with your matric results will
contact the learnership provider for full details on the specific entry
determine whether you qualify to study at a particular university.
requirements of the learnerships. (See Appendix C at the back of
Below is information on NBT;
the book for more details)
There are two tests, the Academic and Quantitative Literacy
(AQL) and the Mathematics (MAT). The AQL is written in a
three hour morning session. The MAT is written on the same
academic support that may be required for successful completion
day in a three hour afternoon session.
of programmes. Results are also used by universities in course
Each university and faculty determines which tests must be
development, programme planning and placement decisions.
written and the deadline to receive results.
(Please check with university if you have to write this test to qualify for
admission and for more information go to
The schedule of NBT National Test Sites is routinely updated
to reflect changes in sites and number of seats available. Four
The other important thing to be on the lookout in terms of meeting
weeks prior to a test date, sites may be closed or additional
the minimum requirements is your subject choice. For some course
ones opened due to demand.
you will be denied entry if you have Maths Literacy instead of Maths,
You must be at the check-in desk by 7:30 AM on your
so please be on the lookout for this, university brochure will give
scheduled test date.
you more guidance.
A Friday or Sunday session is offered each month at major test
3.3.2 The Points System
You are not allowed to write the AQL test on one day and the
sites to accommodate learners that cannot write on Saturday.
MAT test on another.
Once you have met the above minimum requirements it is
important to see whether you meet the requirement to pursue
your intended career, in terms of the Academic Performance Score
(APS). These institutions use this system in selecting prospective
You must use your name as printed on your official ID when
registering and when writing. Your ID will be checked before
you are allowed to write on test day.
Registration dates and site specific; learners that do not report
as scheduled must re-schedule and pay for the make-up test
students. The preference of selection is from highest to lowest
amount of points. So if it happens that your score is above the
minimum points required but still find yourself not being selected
which means that there are more people with a score higher than
yours that have been selected.
The NBTs were commissioned by Higher Education South Africa
(HESA) with the task of assessing academic readiness of first year
university students as a supplement to secondary school reports on
learning achieved in content specific courses.
Universities and universities of technology use the APS based on
the Grade 12 results for final admission. Your grade 11 final results
are normally used for provisional admission. Each institution uses its
own discretion when award points. APS points are calculated using
a scale from 1 to 7 see the allocation below;
The NBTs assess the ability to combine aspects of prior learning in
competency areas - Academic Literacy (AL), Quantitative Literacy
(QL) and Mathematics (MAT) - that directly impact on success of
first year university students. AL and QL are combined in the AQL
test and written in a three hour morning session; the MAT is written
in a three hour afternoon session. Both are administered under
standardized testing conditions at sites across South Africa on
designated ‘national’ test dates.
The NBT reports results on a scale of 10-99 and by Benchmarks
to better inform learners and universities about the level of
nfortunately in South Africa one has to pay to further
80 - 100
70 – 79
60 - 69
0 - 59
40 - 49
30 -39
Most companies and other organisations that offer bursaries use
0 - 29
the internet, newspapers and other print or electronic publications
his/her studies at a higher learning institution. However,
there are many funding options available such as
bursaries, study loans and scholarships.
4.1.1 Bursaries in SA
to advertise; so always be on the lookout. At time companies visits
Example of Results
Percentage Obtained
APS Score
English (First Language)
Swati (Home Language)
visit for bursaries;, www.careerwise.
5,, or www.
Physical Science
Computer Studies
Life Orientation
Total Score
schools to issue bursary forms. We, as PAF, download the forms
from the internet and send them to the schools we have on our
database for distribution. Here are some of the website you can
Please also be on the lookout for bursaries from government
institutions and departments like Department of Labour,
Agriculture, Health, Education, the National Treasury, etc. or
So the above learner would have an APS score of 28. Please note
Provincial Departments. The government normally uses its
that Life Orientation is not included when calculating the APS score.
provincial departments to issue bursaries, e.g. if you are from
KZN the KZN Provincial Government will issue all information
3.3.3 Accredited South African Higher Education
There are currently 23 public universities in South Africa. During the
2013 year the Minister of Higher Education announced two more
universities to be established in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.
Accordingly, there will be 25 public universities. (See Appendix B for
contact details)
regarding bursaries.
Now just like universities, there are requirements for one to qualify
for a bursary, each bursary sponsor has its own . It’s important to
know the requirements before applying. The good thing about a
bursary is that there is no obligation to pay back the money and
some bursary sponsors offer employment once you completed
your studies. Among other requirements for you to qualify for a
Check with the university of your choice for entry requirements and
bursary you must have good and qualifying grades.
if you require to write an NBT test.
It’s advisable to start early when searching for bursaries ideally from
February of the year before your tertiary studies, and you can apply
to different bursary sponsors provided you meet the requirements.
4.1.2 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was set-up by
government to help academically deserving and financially needy
South African leaners to further their studies at public Further
Education and Training (FET) Colleges, Universities, and Universities
of Technology.
A NSFAS study loan or bursary is for those who do not have the
financial means to fund their studies and / or cannot access bank
Source NSFAS website, contact the NSFAS Call Centre on 021 763
3232 for more information.
When applying for a NSFAS study loan at a university or university of
technology, you’ll need to take the following documents with you:
Grade 12 certificate (or grade 11 results in case you are
Official identity document with barcode
Proof of parents’ latest income (e.g. pay slip, pension, grant or
currently in grade 12).
affidavit if the parents are unemployed)
registered for studies or at school) if they live in the same
funding, study loans or bursaries.
If you’re:
still at school and figuring out how to fund further studies;
currently studying and needing funds to continue or further
your studies;
a young adult wanting to study further but needing financial
assistance; and
An employer who would like to find a way for his or her
employees’ children to have brighter futures, then this.
NSFAS does not allocate funds directly to students but here’s the plan:
First, apply at the educational institution where you are
planning to study. Some institutions will issue you with an
application for study together with an application for financial
aid. You need to enquire from the institution about their
processes and deadlines for both. Normally you must first
apply and be accepted to study at thetertiary institution of
your choice, thereafter apply for funding from NSFAS through
the Financial Aid Office found at all University campuses.
Proof of registration of siblings (i.e. brothers, sisters who have
Submit both applications to the institution and if you have
any questions contact the Financial Aid Office (FAO) on
campus who will:
Evaluate your ability to succeed in your chosen study direction.
Advise you about study loans and help you with the student
loan application.
Explain how you’ll access the money and repay your student loan
Importantly, decide whether you qualify as a
needy student who can be eligible for a study loan.
If you are disabled, you will need a letter from your medical
Letter of acceptance from institution (university, university of
doctor showing proof of permanent disability
Payments Terms for NSFAS
You only start repaying the study loan once you start earning a
salary. The repayments will be very affordable for you. Repayments
of your study loan are based on the salary that you earn; starting
only once your salary is R30 000 or more per year. Your payments
start at 3% of your annual salary, increasing to a maximum of
8%when your salary reaches R59 300 or more. The reason for the
study and the repayment is for student that have benefited from
NSFAS to make funds available for other learners.
Should you perform well at varsity a portion of the loan will be
converted into a bursary that does not need to be repaid. Up to
40% of the loan may be converted into a bursary, depending on
your year end results, which are re-evaluated every year after your
first year of tertiary study.
If you are unemployed after you have completed your studies you’ll
need to provide written proof (in the form of an affidavit, valid for
3 months) to the NSFAS head office. A telephone call is not good
enough. It is important to know that NSFAS will continue charging
interest (very low) on outstanding balances so that we can preserve
You must first apply, be accepted to study at the tertiary institution
the original value of the loan. It is very important to start repaying
of your choice, register at the institution thereafter can apply for
your loan as soon as possible. Please stay in contact with NSFAS,
funding from NSFAS. Whilst this is not the requirement for any
making sure that information such as employment status, personal
appropriate funding source i.e. bursaries or study loans.
details such as address and telephone numbers etc. are up to date.
The sections above ware included to help you understand the road
For more information on NSFAS please visit
ahead and how to go about planning for it. We hope they were
helpful and now you have an idea of what lies ahead of you. The
NSFAS also administers bursaries for qualifications undertaken at an
following section is aimed at sharing success stories of people that
FET College. Bursaries for the Nated Certificate: Vocational and for
have the same or similar background as you. This information was
certain Nated (N) courses are available for qualifying learners. These
collected from young people that have had the taste of success
bursaries are awarded by FET Colleges and there is no employment
which they received through education. Some of these young men
conditions attached to them. Learners must apply for funding
and women are from your communities. Some studied through
through the FET College’s Student Support Centre) SSC.
bursaries, some through NSFAS and others through both. It’s time
to prove yourself so others can take comfort in making your dreams
4.1.3 Study Loans from Banks
Most major South African banks grant loans to qualifying learners
who want to further their studies. Please visit a branch of your local
bank for more information. Before the bank grants you funding it
will perform a credit check and will require your parents/guardian
or older family member to stand surety meaning to guarantee that
the loan will be repaid when u have completed your studies.
Please take note that banks charge interest which is higher than
what NSFAS charges. This will cause the initial amount you have
become a reality.
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through
education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that
the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine that a child
of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what
we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates
one person from another.” Nelson Mandela
5. Young Professionals Profiled.
borrowed to significantly increase. Always make sure that you and
The following section includes young professionals whom have
your parent/guardian fully understand the terms and conditions of
been successful in their respective field of study. These professionals
the loan before taking it. Never borrow money from unregistered
share their success, trials and tribulations, they also share very
financial service provides, or loan sharks/ mashonisa to fund your
important information on their careers. Please take time to read the
studies. The interest they charge is very high and could land you in
relevant career section that you are interested in. The profiled fields
huge financial problems.
of study are; Commerce, Engineering, Humanities, Medicine and IT.
lace of birth: Port Shepstone (KZN South Coast)
so I cannot pin point any challenges but I missed my family big
High school: Marburg Secondary School
time, I couldn’t visit them when I wanted to due to studying far
Background: I had always dreamt of being a Chartered
from home.
Account (CA) since I was in grade 10. My challenge was that I had
no finance but that didn’t deter me for achieving this dream. I come
Memorable moment in your career: studying in Johannesburg and
from a family of five siblings. My dad past away in 1998 and my
BCom Accounting made me realize the endless opportunities that lied
mother was unemployed by the time I was in grade 12. We were
ahead of me. During my articles I met a lot of important and influential
mainly supported by religious organizations. I was never going to
people like Victor Sekese (CEO of SizweNtsalubaGobodo), Lesetsa
give up on my dream so whilst I was in grade 12 I made bursary
Kganyogo (former DG of National Treasury, now Deputy Governor of
applications to various business organizations that offered financial
the South African Reserve Bank) and lastly walking on the stage during
support for student pursuing the CA career. I was fortunate to be
my graduation to collect my degree was very memorable.
funded by Thuthuka Bursary Fund for all my years of studying.
This was a once in a life time opportunity so I made sure that I
Advice on the profession/career: There is no easy way in life and
completed my studies in record time. My fourth year of studying
one must have direction, passion and self-motivation to achieve
was the toughest, but I didn’t give up, I motivated myself and kept
whatever he/she have set out for themself. Studying BCom
going strong. The best thing about Thuthuka was the extra support
Accounting is not easy thus one must work hard, your desire to
I got other than money i.e. academic and life skills support. From
succeed and passion for the profession must be more than that
the time I completed my studies I never looked back and right now
of financial reward. Let your career choice be driven by passion. In
I’m enjoying the pleasures of being a CA.
your final year of studies you will have to sacrifice a lot of things for
you to pass since this is the most challenging and demanding year,
Current job: Operations and Financial Manager: Jurgens Ci (Pty) Ltd
so 95% of your time will be spent studying.
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: BCom
Why did you choose this career path? I loved working with money
(Accounting -2007) & BCom (Accounting Honours- 2008) all at the
and also working in the business environment. One day I want to
University of Johannesburg
be self-employed thus I knew that this career will make it easy for
me to achieve this. I am very good at analysing financial statements
Challenges during academic life: I was a very disciplined student
and providing strategic advice on improving and maintaining
operations. Lastly when I was at school I was very passionate about
Management all these subjects are at entry level and one
accounting and business management or what you may know as
must strive to pass them at first attempt. Some on them are
business economics.
semester courses.
Information on the profession: For you to study for this degree
you must have passed matric with an exemption or equivalent
with Maths and English. Studying to become a CA takes seven
Second year; Accounting, Financial Management with
Costing Management, Auditing and Taxation.
Third year; same as above (Note subject structure may vary
from university to university)
years; three years of undergraduate that is for the degree, one year
of honours degree, and three year of articles that is the practical
Once you have completed your degree you will be required to
training in a business environment. During the articles one has to
complete your Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA). This
write two national qualification exams set by the South African
course focuses on Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Financial
Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The first exam is written
Management. The course takes a minimum of one year and must
in January of the first year of article and the second exam written in
be completed at a SAICA accredited university.
November the following year. Upon completion of the training and
passing the two exams one is then a qualified CA.
The degree is normally three years, depending on the institution
you register each year is structured as following;
First year you will do, Accounting, Statistics, Economics,
Commercial Law, Financial Management and Business
lace of birth: Limpopo
University; therefore I had to encounter every university experience
High school: Matseliso Secondary (Meadowlands, Soweto)
first-hand. Second, the abundance of freedom to do almost
Background: I completed my high school in 2005 at
anything without anybody guarding me meant I had to manage
Matseliso secondary in Meadowlands, Soweto, with distinctions
my study time effectively on my own. Third, the volume of work was
in Mathematics, Physical Science, English, Biology, Geography and
way too much compared to high school experience. I managed to
Xitsonga. I had no finance to further my studies, however, due
get through all these because I was determined, first, to complete
to good results I was offered a bursary to study at the University
my studies so that I can be financially independent; second, to
of Johannesburg. I enrolled for Economics and Econometrics in
complete a university degree for just my personal satisfaction to be
2006 and completed the degree in 2008. I went on to study for an
part of the ‘elite gang’.
honours degree in Econometrics in 2009. In 2010, I started reading
for a Masters in Financial Economics which I completed in 2012.
Memorable moment in your career: I developed a deep love
for econometrics and financial economics as I progressed in my
In the movie the Great Debaters, Denzel Washington said “we do
studies. I worked as a tutor for various subjects from first year to
what we have to do in order to do what we want to do”, and when
third year, a research assistant, and a part-time lecturer during my
one stop learning, they die! Death is not my friend and I always
studies. However, the highlights of my career were coming third in
wanted to do mathematics, so currently I am studying for a Bsc
the national Old Mutual and Nedbank budget speech completion -
(Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science). I have
which entitled me to attend the budget presentation in parliament
always loved mathematics not only as a tool, but for the beauty
in Cape Town, and getting my first professional job as an economist
that it is. It is simply wonderful and awesome!
at the IMF. I loved every minute I spent there, quite an eye opener
on global economic issues.
Current job: Economist at ABSA Capital.
Advice on the profession/career: Economics has evolved to be
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: BCom
more quantitative driven these days. One must study mathematics
(Economics and Econometrics) BCom (Econometrics) & MCom
at least up to second year in addition to all the various economics
(Maters in Financial Economics); all at the University of Johannesburg.
courses such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, labour
economics, and public policy. One can also major in Econometrics
Challenges during academic life: I had a number of challenges
which is an application of mathematical and statistical techniques
during my study years. First, I was the first in my family to study at
in analysing economic issues.
A personal opinion for those aspiring to be an economist is that
they must study Mathematics, Statistics, and Econometrics in their
Development economics, Econometrics and other elective
undergraduate. For those that enjoy technical work, computer science
courses like investment management, accounting, and
business management
can also compliment their econometric modelling skills. Sure, I did not
mention economics here, simply because when you have the right
tools (Mathematics, econometrics and statistics) it is far easier to study
Third year; International Trade, Monetary Economics, Financial
Economics, and Econometrics
and understand economics at post graduate level.
In honour’s, students can choose to major in Econometrics, Trade
Information on the profession: For you to study for this degree you
and Finance, Monetary and Financial Economics, Development
must have passed matric with an exemption or equivalent with Maths
economics or general economics. In masters, one can major in
and English. Studying to become an economist takes about 7 years,
Econometrics, Financial economics, or Economics. Masters studies
3 years for undergraduate degree, one year honours degree and two
involve course work and a minor dissertation (original piece of
year of master’s degree. There is no professional body for economists,
research) or purely dissertation based. To be really an expert in a
as such; there is no set academic requirement for economists, and
particular area of economics or econometrics, one would do a PhD
however, a master’s degree is the minimum qualification that prepares
in either economics or econometrics, and this take a minimum of
one to practise as an economist.
three years doing original research that will make up a thesis.
The degree is three years, and students take the following subjects:
First year you will do Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Commercial
Law, Financial Management and Business Management all these
subjects are at entry level and one must strive to pass them at first
attempt. Some on them are semester courses.
Careers In Commerce
lace of birth: Benoni (Daveyton Gauteng)
High school: Willowmoore High School
Background: I grew up in the dusty streets of Daveyton, with my
dad unemployed and my mom being the bread winner on a teacher’s
salary. It was not easy, but I told myself I would make something out
of my life so I can live a better life than my parents. This vision of mine
started as early as Grade 7 when I became a prefect and realised that
being a hard worker truly pays off. I became a star in my parents’ eyes
and to the broader community because of how I carried myself as a
young girl. I paid no attention to alcohol and sex, which was the inthing once you got to high school. I was one of those who were labelled
as “boring” but I had a vision, and that kept me going. No, I was not a
perfect child but I was definitely a child who respected the elders and
believed in God. I spent a lot of time reading the Bible at a young age
and that is where I grasped this truth “where there is no vision, people
perish”. So my vision was “I will live better than my parents” and I am
happy to say that I am now 27 years old and I am definitely living better
than my parents.
My formula was
Have a vision.
Respect and Listen to your elders.
Work hard, pay less attention on things that are not aligned to
your vision. Rather be called boring”.
Have something to believe in- I believe in God.
I completed Matric in 2004, I started University in 2005- studied BCom
Finance. After completing my degree in 2007, I was employed on
the 2008 Standard Bank Graduate Programme. From there I became
a Product Analyst and was promoted to Product Manager in
Consumer cards, in March 2010. I worked at Standard Bank till
October 2011. In November 2011 I started as a Product Manager in
Corporate Cards at Nedbank and I love it.
Current job: I am a Product Manager at Nedbank Head Office. I own
a number of Products in the bank. Owning them means running
them like a business, so I am involved in the Finance, Marketing,
Strategy, Pricing, Sales and the Legal/Compliance activities of
running these products.
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: BCom
Finance- UJ (2007),
Programme in Business Management- UNISA (2012) and Masters in
Business Leadership- UNISA SBL (Current)
Challenges during academic life: It was not easy because for the
first time I had to be responsible. Mommy and daddy were not
there anymore so I had to learn to be responsible. Make decisions
on my own. Be responsible with the little money that I received
from home. The actual school work was not that difficult but it
was a lot of work so it was all about managing your time wisely.
When you get to tertiary you meet all kinds of people, so be careful
who you befriend. Also, it’s okay to have fun but make sure you
remember what you are there for, or else you may find yourself lost
and time flying past you.
Memorable moment in your career: A memorable moment for me
was when I was promoted to manager at Standard Bank Head Office.
Advice on the profession/career: Product Management is for
those individuals who do not like specialised roles and those
who can easily adapt to change as it constantly requires you to
be innovative, and ahead of competitors. It is advisable to have a
financial background because you also need to be analytical and
understand financial statements. People skills are also quiet key
because Relationship Management is one of your main roles as you
interact with both internal and external clients of the bank.
Why did you choose this career path: I chose it because I get
bored quickly- I cannot do the same thing, the same way, every
day. This means I am very good with general management and I
am kind of a “jack of all trades”. I enjoy marketing, just as much as
I enjoy analysing financial statements, so Product Management
gives me exactly that. It is definitely not for people who like stable
environments, as things are done differently all the time. Also I love
people and I build excellent relationships quickly and easily.
Information on the profession: I majored in the following subjects
at varsity undergraduate level for the Degree; Financial Accounting,
Financial Management, Investment Management and Financial
Planning. Whilst for postgraduate (honours level); Financial
Accounting, Financial Management, Credit Management, Strategic
Management, Marketing and Human Resources
Product Management cannot be entirely looked at as a profession
on its own, because you must have some sort of background in
order to understand the Product Management world. For example,
you must have studied Finance, Marketing, or Strategy to make it
easier in your experience.
It is one of those professions you cannot really pin-point a specific
route that you need to follow, because it is a profession which is
very general. What is important is that you must be a fast learner
because you need to understand a company’s products quiet
quickly. Product Management is for people who are also very
entrepreneurial because once a portfolio is given to you, you run
with it from beginning to end.
It’s not easy to get into Product Management, straight from school
but it is one of those roles that require you to prove yourself as an
“all-rounder” once you are in a company.
Product Management is found in almost all companies, because
almost all companies exist because of a product they offer to
clients. So there must be somebody who manages the product line.
Examples of products in different companies:
Banks: Credit Cards, Home Loans, Vehicle Finance are each products
Telecommunications: Cell phones, Tablets, Network packages are
all products
Insurance Companies: Life Cover, Disability Cover, Investment
Accounts are each products.
These are just a few examples of products, but there are as many as
the companies that exist in this world.
lace of birth: Mamelodi (GP Pretoria)
found a job for writing textbooks for economics once the book was
High school: Vlakfontein Technical High School
published I paid my own fees in the final year of studies.
Background: I am from Mamelodi East (Gauteng) from
a family of six. I did both my primary and secondary schooling in
Memorable moment in your career: Studying a foreign subject
Mamelodi. I completed my secondary schooling at Vlakfontein
never got me thinking about being an Author one day and today
Technical High school. I’ve always thought and dreamed of being a
I am a published author of Economic Environment Student book
Pilot when I was in grade 10. My challenge was that I had no finance
FET NQF Level 4. This gave leverage in the current Job, wherein I
but that didn’t deter me. I was never going to give up on my dream
advise ministers of finance on economic matters on specific sector
so whilst I was in grade 10 I learned all about the profession but no
I work on. My most memorable moment was my first advise to
one would fund my studies I made bursary applications to various
the minister as an intern and the minister took action exactly as
business organizations that offered financial support for students
I advised based on research I did, this gave me a lot of credibility
pursuing Engineering degrees. I was fortunate to be accepted in
in the company and earned me the respect of my colleagues as
a University however on condition that I do a commercial degree
a result I was given a permanent job shortly after the news hit the
funded by NSFAS Bursary for all my years of studying, I then
Newspapers from the Minister.
completed my degree in Economics. This was a once in a life time
opportunity so I made sure that I complete my studies in record
Advice on the profession/career: The only way you can enjoy
time. My third year of studying was the toughest but I didn’t give
any type of wealth is to work hard for it, once you have it just work
up; I motivated myself and kept going strong.
smarter to be the best and stay the best in whatever you do.
Current job: Budget Analyst (National Treasury)
Why did you choose this career path: I love analysis, investigating,
solving riddles and problems with unconventional thinking
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: B.Com
methods sometimes even undocumented, the job is not restrictive
(Economics 2009) at the University of Pretoria (UP) “tuks” or “tukkies”
and allows me to work with numbers and write stories based on the
numbers backed up by Policy understanding. When I completed
Challenges during academic life: studying subjects that I did not
my studies I knew I would want to change policies and improve the
specialise in at high school and studying in general, finding finance
South African legislation where I can, the Job gives the opportunity
(money) for rewriting subjects I had failed as my bursar would
to that. I am very good with mathematics and numbers this forms a
not pay for these. This motivated me to look for a Job; I eventually
big part of the Job and I enjoy it a lot.
Information on the profession: For you to study the B.Com degree
you must have passed matric with an exemption or equivalent
2nd year: Mathematical Statistics, Economics theory and
practical and Supply Chain management.
with maths (60%) and English. Please note only pure mathematics
and not maths literacy will gain you entrance. Studying for
Economics degree takes 3 years that is undergraduate qualification..
3rd year: Economics, Statistics and (Strategic Management OR
Financial Management)
To gain direct access to the analyst post you must be good at
Microsoft excel and other analyses programmes and basically have
Normally the undergraduate year is easy if one works hard, stays
head for numbers and problem solving skills. Additional special
focused and dedicated to the books, however some students
training is also offered once in the professional environment as
struggle especially at 2nd and 3rd year level. I must stress that it is
there are different tools and material used to do your work.
utmost important to stay focused at these levels.
To pursue a career as a general economist you will need to enrol
Once you have completed your degree you will be have the option
for a B Com Economics degree at a South African University or any
to continue to do an Honours degree of various specializations
international University around the world.
either in Statistics OR Economics theory or more computational
The degree is 3 years in South Africa and the subject’s breakdown
is as follows:
1st year: Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Commercial Law,
Business Ethics, Business Management all these subjects are
at entry level and one must strive to pass them at first attempt.
Some of them are semester courses.
lace of birth: Ezingolweni (KZN Port Shepstone)
Current job: Metallurgist (Anglo American Platinum)
High School: Marburg secondary school
This is science that deals with procedures and processes used in
Background: I come from Ezingolweni, which is in a rural
extracting metals from their ores, purifying and alloying metals,
town of Port Shepstone, from a family of five. I did my primary and
and creating useful objects from metals. Metallurgy is the study of
secondary studies in Port Shepstone. I was not sure what I wanted
metals, their properties and processes that can be used to change/
to have as a career up until I chose Physics. Our Physics teacher
alter metal properties in bulk and at the atomic level.
always said Chemical Engineers earn decent salaries. That inspired
me to be a chemical engineer one day. My challenge was that I
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: National
was not that good in my studies; I was just an average student. This
Diploma (Chemical Engineering-2007, DUT), BTech Chemical
did not stop me from having a dream; I completed my matric and
Engineering (2009, DUT), Advanced Graduate Program certificate
got an opportunity to study chemical engineering at the Durban
University of Technology. During my tertiary years, I had another
dream of working for Anglo American, since they are were the
Challenge during academic life: The challenge was taking the first
mining giant, I wanted to become part of a significant organisation.
step towards independence, gaining freedom and also at the same
I have always wanted to have noticeable impact on what I do.
time being expected to deliver on your studies.
When I had completed my diploma Anglo American Platinum
offered me in-service training and also gave me a bursary to do
Memorable moment in your career: my memorable moment in
my BTech degree,with a condition that after completion of my
my career was in 2011, when we as a team made an improvement
studies I had to work for them for the same number of years they
at work, which increased revenue by close to a billion rand.
had sponsored my studies. I completed my BTech degree at the
Durban University of Technology and got enrolled in the Advanced
Advice on the profession/career: The most important thing is to
Graduate Program, which is offered through the collaboration
look at your values, and choose a career which is in line with your
between Anglo American Platinum and University of Cape Town.
highest value. What is highest on your values you will be inspired
After completion of the Advanced Graduate Program which was
from within to do, whatever is lowest on your values you will need
three years, I got appointed as a Metallurgist/Process Engineer. It
motivation to do. Choose a career which is your play, so that it will
has been a roller coast ride.
never be a job to you but you will always be playing and having
fun. When chilling out you will be doing exactly what you do, when
Physical metallurgists study the behaviour of metals under stress
you are on fire. Do not choose a career based on the salary it pays.
and changes in temperature. They:
Why did you choose this career path? To be honest I chose this
analyse the composition and structure of metals and their
reaction to processes such as heat treatment
career path for the wrong reasons, I looked at the lucrative salaries
run product and process development trials
and didn’t look at my values. It is a great career with lot of challenges
help to investigate accidents, such as air crashes, where it is
and rewards but it’s definitely not something I would want to do
the rest of my life. It’s not my play but just a job.
suspected that metallurgical failure could be a cause
produce reports on research, tests and investigations
Process metallurgists who are concerned with:
Information on the profession: Metallurgists study the properties and
shaping and joining metals
performance of metals, such as iron and steel, and nonferrous metals,
selecting the best metal to use for a particular application
such as aluminium, copper, lead, tin and zinc. Non-ferrous metals are
designing metal components - ranging from support
those metals that do not contain iron. They are not magnetic and are
structures for huge buildings such as airports, to tiny parts for
usually more resistant to corrosion than ferrous metals.
Metallurgists may be:
use in medical science
Chemical metallurgists deal with the extraction of metals from ores,
interpreting design drawings and working to precise
and investigate metal corrosion and fatigue (mainly working for a
mining company). They:
Metallurgists work in areas such as research and development,
develop, improve and monitor the manufacturing process of
design and manufacture, production management and quality
steel and other metals
control. They work in teams with other technical staff, as well as
develop ways to make metal better, stronger and more
colleagues from areas such as finance, sales, marketing, and quality
control and production management. They may also manage staff
devise methods to recycle waste metals
and liaise with clients. A metallurgist’s role can vary enormously
use destructive or non-destructive testing to check that
according to the needs of his or her employer.
products and components meet quality and safety standards
advising on new products and designing prototypes
lace of birth: Thembisa
Memorable moment in your career: I enjoyed the campus
High school: Tembisa High School
environment, it was very peaceful. I was staying outside of campus
Background: I was born and bred in Tembisa, one of the
so I didn’t get to enjoy most of the campus activities, couldn’t join
biggest township in South Africa. I did my primary and high school
group societies but it wasn’t a big deal. I had my friends to socialize
in this township. What motivated me throughout my school days
with. The best moment would be the day I graduated with my
was my participation in educational competitions held various
parent’s watching me on stage being honoured.
university institutions. In 2003 while I was in grade 11 I was awarded
the best student of the year. I completed my Matric in 2004 and
Advice on the profession/career: I urge students to know about
passed with merit. I was fortunate to be awarded East Rand Youth
subject choices they make at school level. I urge pupils to read or
Trust bursary amongst other top students.
listen as much as they could about what’s life after high school. I
was always motivated about the life changing stories from people
Current job: I’m working as a Broadcast System Engineer at
who finished school before me. Pupils should visit high education
Multichoice SA Pty (Ltd), the company that owns Dstv, Dstv Mobile,
institution (universities, colleges, technikons, etc.) to get a feel of
DTT amongst others. It’s my first permanent job in my career. My
what’s happening there.
hopes and dreams are to work as an engineering manager for a
company that has an influence in South African international affairs.
My profession is under the telecommunication industry. It can
broaden from broadcasting, cellular communication, air traffic
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: I studied
control and providing bandwidth for real-time data transmission. One
BSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University Of
has to think about the vast opportunities that come with his choice of
Johannesburg and completed in 2009. Currently studying my
career. It is also not a bad idea to join an industry that still has a lot of
Master’s in Engineering Management due to complete in 2013.
room for growth (e.g. recycling and renewable energy, etc.)
Challenges during academic life: My challenges were just personal,
Why did you choose this career path: While studying electrical
I lacked motivation at times. I was poor at time management. My
engineering at varsity which was very broad, I developed an
work was disorganized but I knew I had passion for what I was
understanding about the concept of telecommunication and
studying. Lack of co-operation amongst us as engineering students
signal processing. I did my final year project on telecommunication
resulted in work mismanagement.
and did very well then decided to pursue a career in this field.
Information on the profession:
Primary duties and responsibilities amongst others:
There are internet sources to look at for this field of study- UJ site
equipment in a Microsoft Windows environment to the
coursesandprogrammes/Pages/BIng.aspx) this particular field takes
four years to complete so it’s an honours degree. From there onwards
Complete configuration, installation and support of
specifications of client proposals
Troubleshoot and resolve computer and telephony related
you can continue with a Master’s program while submitting reports
issues when contacted by clients by providing both on-site
to ECSA to become an accredited professional engineer. To become a
and remote support
Professional Engineer it takes 7 years prior first year of study.
Maintaining software applications, operating systems and
regular maintenance.
A Systems Engineer is responsible for supporting equipment
in a Microsoft Windows environment, from design through
implementation and support. A System Engineer performs a
deliver services in accordance with established objectives.
wide variety of installation, configuration and upgrading of
investigation, diagnostic testing and repair/resolution of system,
hardware, software and infrastructure.
Responding to inquiries from staff, administrators, service
providers, site personnel and outside vendors and etc. to
workstations, servers and related hardware and software in a LAN,
WAN and stand-alone environment. A System Engineer provides
Managing assigned projects and program components to
provide technical assistance and support.
Supervising the administration of systems and servers related
network to ensure availability of services to authorized users.
lace of birth: Daveyton (East Rand Johannesburg Gauteng)
High school: Dinoto Technical Secondary
Background: I grew up in Kwa-Thema, completed my
primary education at Job Maseko Primary School, and then relocated
to Daveyton where I continued my studies at the above mentioned
School. Given the technical nature of the school, of the trades offered
I chose motor mechanics as I then found no interest in neither
electrical nor civil engineering. Seeing that I was more sports driven,
my father hooked me up with a motor mechanic friend of his to limit
my sporting activities, just for controls as we now know it. Amid my
disapproval of my father’s intervention, I found myself in fathomless
interest to dig deep into the science behind the impetus of a motor
vehicle. That being the case, Mechanical Engineering was an easy
choice. Having matriculated in 2005, I was one of the 11 fortunate
scholars to have received a bursary from the East Rand Youth Trust
(now called the Peermont Education Trust) sponsored by Emperors
Palace to pursue a B.Eng (Mechanical) Engineering degree. After a
plethora of sleepless nights, study-induced weight loss and exam
inflicted doubt of self, I can now safely say, black child it’s possible.
Current job: Mechanical Engineer, Sasol Synfuels
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: B.Eng
(Mechanical), UJ
Challenges during academic life: I got sick during my 2nd year and
failed a number of courses. I was however fortunate enough to be
given another. The bursary administrators decided to give me a rare
chance to redeem myself, and to my credit I did.
Memorable moment in your career: seeing my design being
actually implemented (in my previous job) and realising how
big a structure I had developed was something to cheer about.
I designed a lower mantle transport jig for an electrode to be
transported to India for installation. It took me about 2 months to
design the jig working alone, but consulting with senior engineers
whenever I needed help.
Advice on the profession/career: Working hard is the winning
formula in most, if not all courses, and engineering is no exception.
A mentor could also be a much needed catalyst. You tend to work
even harder when you’ve got a person whom whose success brings
about a burning desire in you to outdo yourself and emulate their
success and more.
Why did you choose this career path? I’ve always been fascinated
by the function of the engine and how the sub-components
thereof synchronise to produce enough power to move a structure
bigger than itself. Doing Motor Mechanics at school and being
largely exposed to the practical side of it made me realise I wouldn’t
fit anywhere else but in engineering science.
Information on the profession: C symbols for both Maths and
Science. A better grade offers a better chance. It’s a 4 year degree but
5 is a norm. Mechanical Engineering encompasses a wide variety of
applications amongst which design, manufacturing, maintenance,
and project management are options. Registration with the
Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is not mandatory but is
a common practice within many industries. Information regarding
such registration can be found at
lace of birth: Polokwane, Limpopo Province
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: B-Tech in
High school: Flora Park Comprehensive High School
Chemical Engineering, obtained at the University of Johannesburg.
Background: I grew up in one of the townships around
Polokwane called Seshego. I attended my primary school at
Challenges during academic life: Well, gosh... I was never really a
Boiketlo primary school in that township. Upon passing my grade
party person and I believed in being true to myself. So I guess the
7, I went on to attend my High school at Flora Park Comprehensive
most challenging thing about my varsity life was time management
High School. Growing up, I did not know what I wanted to be.
and prioritising. With a lot of stuff to be done all at once, one had to
But I was fortunate enough to be in high school in an area where
set their priorities in order and manage their time well.
opportunities such as career guidance sessions where facilitated.
No one was obliged to attend those, it was rather a personal choice
Memorable mom ent in your career: One of my memorable
that would see me grow and better myself. Going to varsity must
moments has to be being involved and acquiring projects worth
have been the scariest thing I ever had to do. Leaving home (my
millions from mining companies such as Anglo Platinum. It always
parents and siblings) and heading to a peculiar place where I was
brings great joy when your efforts pay off when working on
unfamiliar with anything or anyone but I knew the purpose of my
certain projects and against so many advanced companies as your
going there. First year I depended on my parents salaries for my
tuition and accommodation fees as well as other necessities such
as food and clothing. But it got too much because my siblings were
Advice on the profession/career: It is not about where you come
in tertiary as well. In my third year I applied for Edu-loan and was
from but where you are heading. It’s about having dreams and
accepted and that’s how I got to pay for my second year fees. Third
seeing those dreams unfold before your eyes because of your
year, I did my training with Anglo platinum I had to go back to
passion, determination and self-motivation.
school the following year for my fourth year to do my BTech. I got a
Information on the profession: Chemical engineering is involved
sponsor in that particular year.
with the chemical exchanges that occur between substances in
order for raw materials to be turned into products.
Current job: Process Engineer-in-training at Outotec South Africa
Chemical engineering technicians and technologists focus on
Typical job functions involve analyzing raw materials and final
the chemical processes used in industry. They are therefore
products, quality assurance, research and development, technical
employed across a wide range of manufacturing environments
sales and service, and production or process control.
such as pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, iron and steel, food and
beverages, and water and wastewater.
Chemical engineering graduates can also focus their work on
environmental management, as many of the processes that prevent
In these industries, they investigate the nature of chemical
releases into – and remove pollutants from – the environment are
reactions, and are involved in process and equipment optimization
chemical processes.
commissioning and design, troubleshooting and problem-solving.
lace of birth: Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape
Challenges during academic life: I left home when I was 10 years
High school: Marburg Secondary School (Port Shepstone,
old to go study elsewhere. My mom was always adamant that we
get a good education. Living away from home was never easy but
Background: I was born into a big family. I have 3 brothers and 1
it was a great preparation for varsity. I learnt at an early age not to
sister. My mom was a teacher and my dad sold insurance. I grew
succumb to peer pressure, learnt to prioritise and most importantly,
up comfortable but far from luxurious. I never knew what career I
I learnt to choose friends that have the same ambitions as me.
wanted but I knew I wanted to have many options. I worked hard
throughout high school. I have very smart friends, it drove me to
The thing that was most challenging in my academic life is keeping
always give more and try harder. I matriculated with a distinction.
focus. At times I would be easily defeated. Having had little
I turned down a bursary from SAICA because I knew (after a SAICA
knowledge of the subject growing up, it was difficult to adjust to
sponsored winter school in grade 12) that I didn’t want to be an
some of the concepts being taught. Taking the time to research
accountant. Wits offered me a scholarship to study Electrical
things and my refusal to fail drove me to give my best efforts.
Engineering. To take the financial pressure off my parents, I jumped
at the chance. Only 6 months into 2005 (my first year), I knew I
Memorable moment in your career: The most memorable moment
hated it. I spent the three months researching alternative careers
in my career was being nominated for a position at out London
in science (I knew I liked that). I eventually turned down an Eskom
head offices. Though I eventually turned down the opportunity due
bursary to start my 1st year in Geology in 2006. By the end of that
to personal reasons, it was comforting and rewarding to know that
year (through hard work and constantly applying) I had signed a
my seniors noticed my work and were rewarding me for it.
bursary contract with Anglo Platinum. Though without difficulty, it
Advice on the profession/career: There are many fields of geology
has been a great journey to get to where I am now. Being able to
and many things to learn about it. Take the time to research what
support myself and help my family is by far, my greatest success.
best suits you and your personality. Love it so that you do not
get bored. And if you do, find a way to evolve. Things are always
Current job: Mine Geologist (Anglo American Platinum)
changing; keep up to date with the trends.
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: BSc
Geology (Wits); BSc (Hons) Applied Geology (UWC)
Join professional organisations (e.g. Geological Society of
South Africa, SACNASP etc.) to become a recognised Natural
Mentorship is vital
Find a coach that inspires you to learn
Always ask questions, it’s the only way to extract knowledge
Information on the profession: Geology is the science comprising
and wisdom from others
the study of solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the
processes by which it evolves. Geology gives insight into the history
Why did you choose this career path: Growing up I have
of the Earth, as it provides the primary (scientific) evidence for plate
always wanted to explore a technical career with prospects for
tectonics (movement of the earth’s crust) the evolutionary history of
specialisation. I was fortunate to be in university at a time where
life, and past climates.
few black women were venturing into the mining industry. I opted
for geology as it offered me the opportunity to be in the mining
In modern times, geology is commercially important for
industry, add value and still allow for me to explore it without
mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and
restricting me to production activities only.
for evaluating water resources;
is publicly important for the prediction and understanding of
Right now I work on underground (production geology) doing
mapping of reef horizons and grade control. I also manage the mine’s
natural hazards, the remediation of environmental problems, and
providing insights into past climate change;
geological/drilling database. A well-managed database is essential
for grade modelling. Our grade models are used to estimate and
Geology plays a role in geotechnical engineering; and is a major
declare the value of mining still left in our mine. It is therefore used
academic discipline.
in mine planning (design & scheduling). Modelling of geological
disturbances also helps us to ascertain which portions of our mine
have reasonable prospect of eventual economic extraction.
lace of birth: Segwaelane Brits (North West)
High school: Thaba-Morula High School
Background: I am from a small village 27 km from Brits, I
attended my Primary school at Segwaelane primary and completed
my matric in 2007 at Thaba-Morula high school. My mother was a
domestic worker and my father has been unemployed since I was in
Grade four, my mother always told us that though she was a domestic
worker she did not want any of her children to be domestic workers
and encouraged us to work hard at school, I applied for financial aid
(NFSAS) and started my degree in Life and environmental sciences
which I majored in Geology and geography at the University of
Johannesburg in 2008 and completed in 2011. Although it was hard
as I could not have all the things that every student would love to
have, my background kept me going I knew where I came from and
I knew where I was going and would not let my financial conditions
get in the way of my success. It was not easy I could only afford to
buy clothes once a year nevertheless I held on. I received a bursary
in 2012 and started my honours degree in environmental sciences
at UNISA. One thing I have learned is that your background does not
define you as an individual, you can be whatever you want to be
regardless of where you come from; I did it so can you!
Current job: Environmental compliance officer (WasteXpress)
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: BSc
in life and environmental sciences with specialization in geology
and geography (2011) at the University of Johannesburg. Currently
doing my BSC honors degree in environmental sciences at UNISA.
Challenges during academic life: I could not afford to buy a lot of
things, I could only buy those which were needed and could not
even afford to go to the movies or out for fun.
Memorable moment in your career: I met the most amazing
people, we were like family, and geology fieldworks were so
amazing, I got exposed to different environments and travelled a
lot which was very exciting for me.
Advice on the profession/career: you need to be passionate, driven
and a hard worker, most people drop out of school not because
they are dumb but because they get to the new environment lose
discipline and fail to keep their eyes on their goals. The student life is
fun but patience, diligence and discipline are the key characteristics.
I would also advise you to do your honours degree it is difficult
to get a job in the geology field if you do not have an honours
or studying through a bursary. Do not specialize; companies
nowadays would rather have someone who can do various roles
than hire a specialist particularly in environmental management,
being versatile enhances your chances of employment. Bursaries
in geology or environmental management can be obtained from
companies like Lonmin platinum, Anglo Platinum, Mintek, Eskom,
PHB Billiton etc. Also apply for voluntary jobs during school holidays
this will help you acquire more skills and experience and thus
enhancing your chances of employment.
Why did you choose this career path? I have always been an
environmental person, a conservationist; I am one person who
believes that we need to take care of the environment so that it can
take care of us. Environmental science is the best academic choice
that I have ever made. Each development whether good or bad will
have to some degree an impact on the environment it is up to us to
make sure that the choices we make today does not compromise
the future generations. I believe that it is my calling; I could not have
chosen any other path but this one.
Information on the profession: Geology: Geologists are scientists
who study the matter that makes up the Earth. They also study the
Earth’s history and the processes that have formed it. Geologists
apply chemistry, biology, physics and other sciences to their work
in the field and research in laboratories. Important subjects related
to geology include physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics
and computer science. Higher level courses related to geology
include mineralogy, hydrogeology, sedimentology, palaeontology,
physical geology and structural geology. Geographic information
systems (GIS) and mapping skills are also important to geologists.
Geologists are usually logical thinkers, good problem solvers
and enjoy working outdoors. Those who choose geology as
a career may work for private firms, non-profit organizations,
academic institutions or governments. There are a large variety of
disciplines geologists may specialize in including marine geology,
pedology, volcanology, metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and
geophysics. Geologists may study the behaviour of rocks, magnetic
principles, rock formations, groundwater, the ocean floor, fossils,
oil exploration, volcanoes etc. one needs to do Mathematics and
Physical sciences in matric and obtain at least 60% in order to be
able to get University entrance.
Environmental Scientists: On a typical day an environmental
scientist’s tasks might include: Environmental scientist collects
environmental data, for example pollution emission measurements
or water samples. Analyse data to determine its quality and scientific
significance, and looks for correlations between human activities
and environmental effects. Reviews environmental policies,
regulations and guidelines to make sure they meet appropriate
requirements. They are involved in Planning and conducting
research into the physical and biological nature of the environment.
Other Tasks includes:
Undertaking laboratory work.
Monitoring the environmental impacts of development activities.
Conducting research and prepare proposals to minimize the
impact of industrial, agricultural and urban processes on the
Developing conservation plans.
Investigating and reporting on breaches of environmental
Running community education programs.
Assisting with environmental emergencies, such as chemical
spills and accidents.
Analyzing pollutants, identifying their sources and assessing
their effects on the environment
Monitoring the effects of pollution and land degradation, and
recommending ways of prevention and control.
Rehabilitating land, water and air affected by mining, logging,
construction, degradation or pollution
Researching matters of immediate and long-term importance
to governments and communities, such as the impact of land
clearing on native animals and the impact of waste products
on waterways
Negotiating with, and providing advices to, industry,
government and the public on environmental matters, such
as the management, re-use or disposal of hazardous materials
Assisting in developing environmental policies, strategies and
codes of practice
Conducting environmental audits.
One needs to do Mathematics and Physical sciences in matric and
obtain at least 60% in order to be able to get University entrance.
lace of birth: Matatiele, Eastern Cape
able to use computers to produce essays and submit work online.
High school: Constantia Waldorf School, Cape Town
Background: I was born in Matatiele and grew up in
Memorable moment in your career: Getting my first thank you
Khayelitsha, Cape Town. I was fortune enough to have parents who
letter from a client I had counselled when I was in second year to
really cared about the quality of my education and who sacrificed
thank me for shaping the woman she had become.
everything for me to attend private schools. For my primary
education I went to Micheal Oak Waldorf School and then did my
Advice on the profession/career: Studying Social Work is
high schooling at Constantia Waldorf School, both in Cape Town. I
demanding both in terms of time and emotional resources. No
then went on to pursue a BSocSc in Social Work at the University of
one tells you that you have field practicums from first year and that
Cape Town. I now hold an MSoSc in Policy and Management with
you have to write 20 page process reports for each client, as well as
a focus in Monitoring and Evaluation of development projects. I
still attend all classes and tutorials, submit the essays and tutorial
was fortunate enough to not have to seek funding for my studies
materials. It is taxing on any individual and I wish I had been better
as my parents had saved ample money to pay for my tuition for
my undergraduate degree but have had to source funding for my
postgraduates degrees. I was fortunate as I had bursaries obtained
Why did you choose this career path? I have a deep passion for
for academic merit for my Honours and Masters as well as a
people and an interest in community development. I knew that if I
developmental scholarship from the university.
wanted to make a difference, I needed to study a career path that
gave me statutory rights as well as being diverse enough for me to
Current job: Programme Officer, The Learning Trust
work in any field I desired.
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: an
Information on the profession: In accordance with current South
MSoSc in Policy and Management, University of Cape Town
African practice, professional Social Work education and training is
offered through a four-year generic curriculum.
Challenges during academic life: There are numerous challenges
The four (4) year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree complies
faced by first time students at higher education institutions. My
with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE)
main challenges were the style of teaching was incredibly different
and the South African Council for Social Service Professions. All
to what I was used to, the way lecturers/tutors interact with students
social work methods are taught. In addition, attention is paid to
was foreign to me. There were also issues around access and being
social research, social legislation, administration and management,
social development and social policy and planning.
of social service agencies, both statutory and voluntary. More
Special emphasis is placed on meeting South African and more broadly
information about requirements and courses can be found on
African wide social development needs. The teaching of theory is
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augmented by a comprehensive series of field instruction programmes.
These programmes operate in close conjunction with a large number
lace of birth: Tzaneen (Limpopo Tzaneen)
man, I was involved in politics and my involvements brought a
High school: Mbhekwani High School
lot of popularity and at the same time got me into trouble. Peer
Background: I was born and bred in Tzaneen. I did
pressure, alcohol and woman were my other challenges.
my primary at Favasi Primary, Secondary at Lwandlamuni and
Matriculated at Mbhekwani High School in 2007. Growing up, I
Memorable moment in your career: Open day organised by the
was very much a copycat, I wanted to be a policeman, the next
university which they invited Mother Body Black Lawyers Association.
thing I wanted to be is a Teacher, but all that changed when I was
Nationally along with Magistrates, Judges and Prosecutors to come and
doing my grade 11, because, back in the villages, I witnessed acts of
share what’s happening outside University. That was an eye opener for
injustice time and again and did not know what to do given the fact
me as I got to hear what I will be doing once I’m out of varsity.
that I knew nothing about how our justice system works.
Advice on the profession/career: 90% of being a lawyer is writing
God answered my prayers I passed my Matric with exemption, but
contracts, briefs, proposals and settlement offers. Being an effective
I hadn’t applied at university, so was forced to go to UJ and studied
writer makes you a better attorney. I must put it clear that life as
Sociology but something kept bugging me, that ‘Weaven, this is
a practicing attorney is nothing like what you see on television.
not what you supposed to be doing’. In 2009 I enrolled for a LLB
There are so many misconceptions about what attorneys do. On
degree with the University of Limpopo, God answered again, they
television the attorneys are in the courtroom most of the time, and
accepted me. During my four years of doing LLB, I was determined
it’s all very exciting. In reality, even if you’re a litigator, you’re not in
and eager to learn, I joined several organisations effective from my
court that often. Most of the time you are sitting at your desk.
first level, including BLAsc amongst others, where I even served as
So those considering a career in law should spend time at a law firm
Secretary General of Black Lawyers Association student Chapter
and talk with attorneys to find out what their life is really like.
during 2011 until my final year.
This is an all-consuming profession. The demands are very strong,
particularly early on. You need to schedule time for a vacation,
Current job: Candidate Attorney (Silinda Mokoena Attorneys).
schedule time with your family. You need to find that balance, and
the only person who can do that for you is yourself.
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: LLB (LAW
You need to think hard and make sure it’s what you want to do. If
-2012) University of Limpopo “Turf loop Campus”.
you’re really interested, go for it. You don’t have to practice law, you
can go into other areas ¬— a law degree can open doors.
Challenges during academic life: I was a very mischievous young
Why did you choose this career path? I liked to argue and I like
The Degree is 4 years, doing the following courses;
writing so law seemed like an appropriate choice. After a lifetime
First year you will do, African Law, Law of persons, Legal
of struggling, I wanted the struggle to stop. I want to financially
communication A, History of South African Law A and B,
support myself and my family. My dad actually wanted me to be
Introduction of South African Law A and B, Family Law, Legal
an astronaut but I was too short to enter the program. Since I liked
Communication B, Monitoring and evaluation , and all these
to argue, people said I should become a lawyer. In middle-school I
subjects are at entry level and one must strive to pass them at
decided to become a lawyer.
first attempt. 5 per semester, 10 all in all.
Information on the profession: For you to study the Baccalaureus
Second year; Contract A and B first and Second Semester,
Legum “LLB” Degree you must have passed Matric with an
Business Entities, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal
exemption or equivalent with (60%) English. To be in a possession of
Law Procedure, Constitutional Law, Law of Property, and
African Law B, Labour Law and Administrative Law
Law Degree, it takes 4 years, after which you either go to Law School
“that’s Practical Legal Training” for six months to enable you to find
Third year; Interpretation of Statutes, Law of Evidence A and B,
Tax Law,
Articles in time, by virtue of being in possession of Law School
Certificate, simply saying you will serve articles for one year and sit
for your Attorneys Admission Exam, “Board Exam” set by Law Society
Law of Insurance, Law of Delict, Law of Succession, Negotiable
of South Africa, after your Board Exam then you can be Admitted as
Instruments, Law of Insolvency “Bankruptcy” and Civil
an Attorney, Alternatively after you’ve completed your LLB Degree,
Procedure A and B.
you can serve your articles for two years and write your Board Exam
without going to Law School, note the difference, if you go to law
Fourth level; Administration of Estates, Banking Law,
school, you’ll serve Articles for one year but if not you’ll have to
Jurisprudence A and B,
serve for two years. If you to become an Advocate you, have your
Social security, Mining and Environmental Law, Commercial
LLB Degree, you go serve Pupillage with Advocate for a period of a
disputes Resolutions, Conflict of Laws, Practical Legal course A
one year and sit for BAR Exam for Advocates, after you a qualified as
and B, Research it’s a year course, and Advanced Labour Law.
an Advocate, and as for Prosecutor, with your LLB Degree, you can
apply to the National Prosecuting Authority, train for 8 months, then
(Note this was the structure adopted by University of
you become a Junior Prosecutor.
lace of birth: Mafikeng
celebrations and life-changing events. You will work long hours and
High school: International School of South Africa
days. You will work nights and weekends and public holidays. You
Background I am the youngest of 6 children and from the
will do things called “calls” – which in most hospitals/clinics means
small and dusty town of Mafikeng. I am very fortunate in that my
that you work all day and night and might only get to go home the
parents placed giving my siblings and I a proper education above
next afternoon.
everything and they supported me fully throughout my studies. I
choose to study medicine because I believe that getting our nation
You will never stop learning. New diseases are discovered and
healthy is one of the key ways to build this country into a great
new treatments are made so you always need to be studying and
African powerhouse.
reading to keep up to date. You will work hard not only because of
the type of work you do but because our health system is battling.
Current job: Medical Doctor at One Military Hospital
You will get frustrated by policies and lack of resources. You will
have days where you really wonder why you do the work you do
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: MB ChB
and there will be days you want to stop.
(2011) – University of Cape Town
And then every now and then a patient will thank you for taking
Challenges during academic life: Being far from home and having
the time to listen and help. Every now and then a patient you saw
to adjust to life in Cape Town. Having good friends helped a great
months ago will stop you in the street and thank you for helping
deal – so choose your friends wisely.
them, you won’t recognise them because they will look much
better than when you first met them...but they will remember you.
Memorable moment in your career: Seeing a patient that I helped
care for, walk out of hospital looking like a picture of health after
Those good moments will make this job worthwhile because they will
surviving a very serious illness.
help you remember that you make a difference in people’s lives every day.
Advice on the profession/career: This is nothing like Grey’s
If you can, spend a few weeks in a clinic or hospital with doctor or
Anatomy or House or anything you see on TV. Medicine is an all-
nurses to see if this is the time of work that you would want to do.
consuming profession. You will give up many things during your
Also talk to your GP or any doctors you know to get information and
studies and your career. You need to be very certain before you start
advice – don’t be afraid to ask questions.
that it is really what you want to do. You will miss family and friends’
Information on the profession: For you to study medicine, you
After you have finished community service you can apply to any
need to have done Math, English and Physical Science in Grade 12.
medical school to train as a specialist – this means that you focus
It is also an advantage to have been involved in sports, arts and
on only one part of medicine. The training to become a specialist
culture or community service but it is not a requirement.
takes 4 -6 years depending on what you want to do. After the initial
specialist training, you can then go further to do a super-specialty
You need to apply early. The universities close their applications for
where you focus on a particular aspect of what you trained in for
medical degrees around June. If you do not get into medicine in
those 4-6 years. When you specialize or super-specialize you are
your matric year, you can re-apply after starting or finishing another
working and studying at the same time.
degree. The medical degree in South Africa is the MB Chb or MBBch
– Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Example: Tumi decides to do medicine at UCT in 2015. She studies for 6
years in Cape Town and gets her MBChB. After graduation, she works at
There are currently 8 medical schools in South Africa namely; UCT,
for 2 years as an intern and 2 years as a community service doctor. Tumi
Wits, Stellenbosch, WSU and UP offer 6 year programs. Medunsa,
then decides she wants to train to be a doctor for only children, so she
UKZN and University of the Free State (UOFS) offer 5 year programs.
trains for another 4 years to be a Paediatrician (specialist doctor who
It does not matter which medical school you go to as internship
looks after children). After qualifying as a Paediatrician, Tumi decides
and community service will even out any differences and will be
she wants to focus on only the heart; she then trains for 1-2 years as
the time to identify your weaknesses and work on them.
a Paediatric Cardiologist (specialist doctor who focuses on children’s
hearts). She can then work also as a normal doctor or a Paediatrician or
Once you graduate from medical school, you have to do two
Paediatric Cardiologist.
years of internship and one year of community service. During
those three years you can only work in the public sector under the
supervision of senior doctors at certain hospitals. After community
service you are free to work wherever you wish. Community service
could be extended to two years starting from 2015.
lace of birth: Murchiso Port Shepstone KZN
Academic qualification and institution where obtained: BSc
High school: Nkonka High School
Computer Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Background: Together with my cousins we were a raised
Challenges during academic life: Apart from a lack of strong
by my grandmother, whom we were very fortunate to have. She
financial support, I may have had a love for computers but my
was the head of uMdlazi Primary School so we were fortunate to
knowledge for computers and my education background could
have a strong hand forcing us not only to go to school, but to also
not have prepared me for this programme. By its nature Computer
love school. Lot of expectations were upon us to pass and do well,
Science is a highly technical programme which introduces students
which we did. Murchison is a semi-rural place and my school was as
to computer architecture, programming, networking, databases
under resourced like the rest, we were forced to work very hard and
and mathematics.
I managed to pass my matric with exemption which guaranteed
me entry to any University in South Africa.
I battled through each module but the zeal and ambition to do well
prevailed and I managed to pass with good scores to average just
I must point it out that I did grade 11 and 12 with no guardian
above 60% from computer modules alone excluding mathematics
or elderly supervision whatsoever, my grandmother retired and
from where I had failed some modules, which I went on complete
moved to the Eastern Cape (Bizana) before I completed my
well on my fifth year. I did lack key resources and study materials in
schooling. I managed through by the grace of God to lead me and
the form of prescribed books, had to rely mostly on lecture notes.
push myself to do well at school. Financially I was well supported
Due to my financial challenge I never manage to get the best
whilst at high school.
available accommodation (for study purposes) so I had to settle for
whatever the university could find for me.
Having developed the love for computers I was determined to
further my studies so I enrolled at University of Durban Westville
Memorable moment in your career: My career has been largely in
(now UKZN) and was accepted for Bachelor’s Degree in Computer
the consulting space, which by its nature allows one to travel, be
Science. Finances for university were a different story, the university
exposed to different client environments. The thrill is to be able to
assisted me in completing my studies and I will forever be grateful
go to a new place and be confronted with a new challenge and be
for this.
able to reason and map the best solution for the client.
Advice on the profession/career: The challenge with these highly
Current job: System Developer specializing in Oracle JD Edwards
specialised IT sectors such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP),
Business Intelligence tend to be vendor biased, because they are
based on systems developed and licensed by a specific vendor,
as a service and found Alliance ERP Consulting. I sent through my
as such no public institution or school is able to provide training
CV and they contacted me back and offered me a position of ERP
on these. Our education can only give fundamentals and basics
developer, Oracle JD Edwards Developer to be specific.
to which these systems comply to. It is therefore important from
the beginning for a person when thinking of an IT programme to
I have been with this company since late 2008 and this has exposed
research and be advised accordingly to be able to choose modules
me even to more products offering by Oracle.
or short courses accordingly. On top of that a person will then
Information on the profession: Without knowledge of these
have to hunt down companies that are either providing certified
software giant’s such Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and etc., it’s almost
training to these systems, or those offering consulting services then
near impossible for anyone to choose a career on his own, except
a person can have exposure.
through applying with a university certificate with hope to get a
job. Then be at the mercy of the employer where exactly one is
It’s hard to find companies that are using these systems as opposed
placed. If one is lucky they will get opportunities from companies
to selling and consulting on them.
that are either using or consulting on these systems.
Why did you choose this career path: I started my career as an
But once one is in, it is important to move with the flow because
Educator, then IT Helpdesk Support consultant and I quickly
technology is not standing still. Hence software must adjust
realised that was not for me, and took it upon myself to see what
with times. As more technologies are developed by leaders of
career opportunities are out there for IT graduates. In my searches
these industries those working in this sector should take it upon
I came across a requirement for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
themselves to acquire skills so to remain highly marketable. It is also
knowledge. I then took my search up to read up about ERP and this
very important to stay in one product for a long period as this will
became more appealing for a career to me than what I was doing.
make one become an expert and this will eventually rewarded well.
I then went on to search for companies providing ERP consulting
lace of birth: Mavele Village (Tzaneen Limpopo)
University of Technology, BTech Degree: I.T Software Engineering
High school: Vasasele High School
– Tshwane University of Technology and Post-Graduate Certificate
Background: I was born in Mavele, just a normal village
(NQF-7): Business Analysis - Rhodes University
boy who went through all activities typical to all village boys. These
included herding goats and cattle for my father. Started primary
Challenges during academic life: Coming from a poor background
school in 1994 at Mavele Primary School, progressed to Makhanani
was the biggest challenge as friend expected that I live up to their
and then to the old Sevengwani Secondary School at the age of 12.
standard of living.
At this time I started to become fascinated about technology and
what it does to improve people’s lives. By the time I matriculated at
Memorable moment in your career: The most memorable moment
Vasasele High School, I knew my career lied within the Technology
of my career was walking down the stage on my graduation day
space. I went to University to do my first qualification in Information
and see the happiness in my mother’s eyes because she could
Technology and Computer Sciences. Coming from a poor
foresee the bright future I had having obtained that degree.
background my parents could not afford to pay for my studies. But
I always believed that where there is a will, there is a way; I am a
Advice on the profession/career: You can become anything that
testimony to that because I completed my studies with no money.
you want to be by using the law of attraction and working towards
I got accepted because of the good marks I attained at matric level
your goal. It starts with what you are currently doing now, is must
and I was given a study loan by NSFAS for the first year. I passed
be aligned to what you want to become tomorrow.
my first year extremely well and the University gave me a Dean’s
commendation award, which paid for my studies for my 2nd year. I
Why did you choose this career path? At a young age, I had this
completed my qualification in record time and was given a bursary
overwhelming fascination with technology and gadgets. At the age
by Eskom to further my studies to a post-graduate level which I also
of 10, I would set up television stations for my neighbours, configure
completed in record time. From a poor family to where I am now,
cell phone settings and download content from the internet before
it was not because of my strength, but because I had a will and my
kids my age even knew what the internet is. From that time, it
God created the way.
became clear to me my career lied within the technology space
and to get a career in that competitive space, I had to get a solid
Current job: Business Analyst – Eskom Group IT
educational foundation.
Academic qualification and institution where obtained:
National Diploma: I.T Software Engineering – Mangosuthu
Information on the profession: The career I am in is very broad. In
IT alone, there are more than 10 different types of roles a person can
Sciences. Requirements for the Diplomas are a pass in Matric with at
pursue. It is a matter of choosing what part of IT fascinates you more.
least a Diploma plus an above average pass in Mathematics. Consult
There are technical elements in IT for those that love logic, there are
university prospectus/website for specific information.
artistic elements in IT for those who like drawings and diagrams, there
complex aspects of IT for those who love IT, there are business elements
Qualifications to enrol for and institutions:
in IT for those who prefer non-technical work. Wherever you may fit in,
a career in IT is always fascinating and challenging at the same time.
BSc Degree in Computer Science, National Diploma in ITBCom,
Degree in IT or Information Systems and BCom Degree in
Some of the qualifications and career prospects in IT listed below:
Possible careers: Software Developer/ Programmer, Database
Below is a list of courses to enroll for in order to get a solid foundation
Administrator, Business Analyst, Software Tester, Field Service
for a career in IT, Software Engineering and Computer Sciences. The
minimum entry requirements for the degrees are a Matric pass with
Information Officer (CIO), IT Auditor, etc….
Enterprise Architect, System Analyst, Chief
Bachelor plus an above average pass in Mathematics and / Physical
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1489 / 9909 Email:
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Western College for FET
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