Thobelani Thango has not had an easy journey through his schooling career, but he defeated all the odds when he graduated Cum Laude for his Diploma in Financial Accounting from Durban University of Technology.
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Coming from the deep rural areas of Nquthu, Thango is the youngest of two, who was raised by an unemployed mother. The young man says that his mother did not want him to continue to university after matric as they had no money.
But a determined Thango applied for his Diploma, with the assistance from his sister, who was also unemployed. She worked odd jobs just so that he could afford to register and obtain finance for his first semester accommodation fees.
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Thango excelled in his first semester with an 80% aggregate, and was able to obtain a fee remission to continue with his studies. However, he was unable to pay for residence. He would assist students with their academic work and get paid for his tutoring. He believes that this was also a way for him to practice his academic ‘know-how’ and study at the same time.
He became involved in student politics and was able to gain more information about the types of funding available for students. He then applied for NSFAS and got funded for his second year of study.
“I did not join politics for political reasons, but for me to be able to help others like me"
His passion for helping others did not only stop at University level. During University holidays he tutors matriculants in Nquthu, and assists in providing knowledge to the students who are willing to pursue their higher education.
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Thango believes that in order to succeed in life one should always remember to believe in oneself.
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