At our Annual General Membership meeting in May, we were fortunate to hear an inspiring story of one of our Tertiary Support Programme alumni, Aphiwe Mxabanisi.

Aphiwe was a student of Zizukhanyo Secondary School in Philippi and was part of not one but four of our learning programmes – Hope Scholars and ADT teach while in high school; and then Bridging Year, and Tertiary Support in post-matric. He later took Business Administration at TSIBA Education.

Aphiwe was a bright spark right from the beginning. He set his goals and was determined to complete his tertiary education despite the many challenges he then faced. With focus and perseverance, and working hard to support himself, he finished his studies in 2018 and is scheduled to celebrate his graduation this year.

Aphiwe also successfully completed an internship at Prudential Asset Managers and having impressed his supervisors with his business-savvy skills and competency for the job, he is now permanently employed as one of their Retail Client Services Consultants.

Aphiwe has his own sound management company and established himself as a disc jockey doing gigs playing sunset sessions in Camps Bay as “the Cosmopolitan DJ”. Read about his business TruSound Entertainment Pty, here: https://buff.ly/2ZbuiCL.

Aphiwe remains actively part of the Ikamva Cricket Club in Samora Machel. He joined the club as a youngster when it was first established and is an avid cricket player. Today, the club has 3 teams and Aphiwe is the cricket manager for the U13 boys team. In September 2015 he received a Lead SA Hero of the Month Award for his community work, read related blog post here – http://www.saep.org/one-of-our-tsp-students-is-the-leadsa-october-youth-hero/ 

Hikes and environmental education has always been an integral part of SAEP’s holistic offering to all our beneficiaries. Aphiwe participated in as many hikes and camps while with SAEP. According to him those experiences provided the opportunity to be away even briefly from township life, allowing him to dream big, and kept him focused. 

What’s more admirable about Aphiwe is that he is well grounded and wants to give back. This year, Aphiwe is one of our professional advisers for TSP’s tertiary student mentorship programme. This initiative provides career guidance, advice and motivation to our tertiary beneficiaries in order to ensure that they successfully stay in the programme and complete their studies leading to graduation. 

When his schedule permits Aphiwe gives inspirational talks about the importance of remaining committed to one’s personal goals, imagining the possibilities ahead, and making sacrifices in order to complete one’s studies. 

SAEP is proud of you, Aphiwe! You embody what our mission and vision speaks about. We wish you all the very best.