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From the dusty roads of Platrand to Oxford - Sizwe Mkwanazi's success story

Written by: Lengwadishang Ramphele

Mpumalanga born Sizwe Mkwanazi once worked as a gardener to make ends meet.

But the dedicated young man has been accepted to study a Master of Science degree in business management and entrepreneurship at the prestigious Oxford Brooks University.

After he completed his Grade 9 at Qondulwazi Secondary in Platrand, Mpumalanga, Mkwanazi went to study office administration at a TVET college for three years.

Mkwanazi shares his journey with CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson.

I strongly believe that TVET colleges have a good role to play particularly in the rural towns. For me as a young man who came from the rural farms of Mpumalanga, it was not an alternative but more of a first option.

Sizwe Mkwanazi, Oxford University scholar

Mkwanazi also spoke about his acceptance to study at Oxford University as a dream come true.

I still wake up in the middle of the night and think I am dreaming. This has not only changed my life but also of those around me in terms of the influence I now have in many things.

Sizwe Mkwanazi, Oxford University scholar

Me going to Oxford came as something that my family did not understand and still don't understand but I don't blame them because I am the only person with a university degree so it becomes very hard from them to understand what exactly am I doing.

Sizwe Mkwanazi, Oxford University scholar

To hear the rest of this conversation with Sizwe Mkwanazi, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : From the dusty roads of Platrand to Oxford - Sizwe Mkwanazi's success story




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