- At 25, Mzwanele Ntshwanti is the youngest lecturer in his faculty at Wits
- 23-year-old Rivoningo Mhlari is already a successful entrepreneur
- They shared their stories to inspire other young people
It's the Youth Month, and two brilliant young talents have shared their incredible success stories to inspire the youth.
25-year-old Mzwanele Ntshwanti is the youngest lecturer and researcher in his faculty at the University of the Witwatersrand, Briefly.co.za learned.
He holds a Masters degree in Economics and is already a vocal advocate for education and poverty alleviation.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, Mzwanele said his journey to success wasn't easy. He first registered for actuarial science before switching to economics.
The academic, who hails from the Eastern Cape, admitted that it was tough at first, but his success made it worthwhile:
For the longest time, I felt like I had failed myself. Thanks to counsellors at the counselling and careers development unit at Wits and my mentor, I saw that economics may just be what I want to do. I do not regret that decision.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Mzwanele has been active in student politics. He served as Student Representative Council (SRC) president at Wits University in 2015.
Another young talent is 23-year-old Rivoningo Mhlari, who founded a successful information management systems company known as Rikatec.
Born in Limpopo, Rivoningo knew as a teenager that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. The fact that his parents divorced when he was 10 years old didn't deter him.
His determination persisted even after being rejected 11 times by industry players when he first started his business.
Rivoningo gave this advice to young aspiring entrepreneurs:
Just start! I am inspired by my ability to dream, the mere fact that I now have resources to make most of my dreams a reality inspires me to want more to create more.
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