- A man who grew up in dire poverty has been awarded a doctorate
- His hard work and determination were what drove him to achieve this goal
- His advice to others is to dream big and stay humble
A man has proven that circumstances do not define a person or their future. Growing up in poverty, he was forced to walk 12 kilometres just to get to school each day. Today he stands proud as PhD graduate and as living proof that impossible is nothing.
North West University honoured businessman Keith Bothongo with a doctorate recently. His path to success was no walk in the park. He grew up in Meadowlands, Soweto, and later moved to Botswana to live with his grandmother. His parents sent him there wit the hopes of getting a better education for him and his siblings.
At the age of 7, Bothongo started having to walk 12 kilometres to get to school. There was no electricity, clean water or toilets. The businessman said his hatred for poverty is what drove him to work hard as he knew education was his way out.
He went on to earn six degrees and is working towards a doctorate in business administration. His advice to others is to dream big and stay humble.
Special guests at his graduation ceremony included rapper Cassper Nyovest and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.