- Mokgadi Machaba dreamt about building his own car since the age of 10
- The Grade 10 learner has now achieved that dream as his self-built car now successfully drives on the road
- Briefly.co.za reported on the impact his achievement had on social media and Mokgadi has opened up on the sacrifices made to fulfil the goal
Briefly.co.za earlier reported about the Grade 10 pupil who created a stir by designing and building his own vehicle from scratch.
Now the 20-year-old has opened up about what it took for him to achieve his dream.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the achievement has been ten years in the making as Mokgadi first thought about it at the age of 10.
Hailing from Ga-Rammutla Village in Limpopo, Mokgadi lacked the financial resources, but his determination and hard work proved key.
Daily Sun reported that the youngster takes pride in his achievement and refused to focus on his impoverished background.
Mokgadi said, “I kept my focus and never looked at my disadvantaged background or gave up on my dreams.”
Mokgadi credits time spent at a local scrapyard for providing the base for him to learn about vehicle design and function.
He spent approximately R5 000 on the parts for the car.
The wide array of parts include an electric engine, motorbike gearbox, BMW seats and dashboard.
He sold firewood from a donkey cart to acquire funds and worked with his neighbour to enable him to use the welding machine in return.
His mother, Mmaselaelo Machaba, depends on a social grant, but assisted her son whenever she was able to.
She also explained what makes her so happy about Mokgadi's achievement: "When he completed his car in August , he took it to school to show his teachers. On Sundays he gives me a lift to church.”
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