From gardener to millionaire: Man pledges R15m for village centre

From gardener to millionaire: Man pledges R15m for village centre

- A KZN businessman has given back to the community that raised him

- He built a facility for them worth R15 million which serves as both a church and development centre

- The millionaire is determined to help the community in whatever way he can

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A former gardener from KZN has proven that nothing is impossible. He went from earning R7 a day to becoming a multi-millionaire. The businessman recently pledged R15 million to build a development centre in his village.

According to the SowetanLIVE, Zakhele Mkhize used to work as a gardener in Mtunzini, earning R7 a day. His journey to wealth had been a difficult one but one that has brought him into a position to help others.

From gardener to millionaire: Man pledges R15m for village centre

Source: Facebook/Entsika Foundation
Source: Facebook

Mkhize went to Khula High School in Eskhawini and completed his matric there. His grandmother used up her entire pension to pay for his tuition. However, just two years later, he lost her and his mother. He had to help out at home by working as a gardener.

He was determined to become a chartered accountant and continued to pursue his studies. He failed the board exams three times before eventually succeeding in 2005. He then went to work in America before returning home to complete an MBA degree.

Today Mkhize is determined to give back to the village which raised him. He build them a church which is also a community centre worth R15 million.

The centre has been provided with resources to cater to educating children from Grades R to 4.

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The former gardener is the founder and director of Entsika Foundation. He has provided the children of the village with access to gadgets and materials they would never have had access to.

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