From struggling student to engineer: Man's story inspires SA

From struggling student to engineer: Man's story inspires SA

- A young man opened up about his journey to success after his dad failed him

- Despite the odds stacked up against him, he graduated with distinctions in some of his subjects

- He now works as an engineering resident on a large project

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A social media user, Bhut Lunga, took to Facebook to share how he went from a struggling student to a successful engineer.

In 2013, Lunga completed matric and decided to enrol at the University of Johannesburg for a BCom Accounting degree the following year.

Lunga had to drop out after only a year because his father refused to pay for his studies, despite earning "a lot".

"To date, I still don’t know why my dad didn’t buy me textbooks and pay my fees, but I’m over that now."

In 2015, his father suggested he enrol at TUT in a course he could afford. learned Lunga opted for a diploma in building sciences.

"I moved to Soshanguve and stayed with my aunt in her RDP house, since I couldn’t stay with my dad because my stepmom didn’t want us in our home."

The stress took an emotional toll on Lunga and went on to fail his first year at TUT. Not letting the setback stop him, Lunga sent a letter of appeal the next year and it was approved.

He moved back in with his mother and used a bus to travel to school every day.

"I started to pass some of my modules with distinctions and I passed my first year," he said.

In 2017, Lunga had to look for an internship before he could register for second year subjects. After struggling for five months, Lunga landed a job at Ceenex Consultants for 12 months.

From struggling student to engineer: Man's story inspires SA

Photo credit: Bhut Lunga TheReturn/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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The company offered to pay his varsity fees and they even paid for Lunga to get his driver's licence.

"I was the resident engineer assistant, supervising the construction of the bulk line supply at KwaMhlanga, I would walk 8 kilometres a day," he said.

The company's director was impressed with Lunga's hard work and extended his contract for another year.

His boss also bought him a new Nissan NP200 bakkie and gave him a petrol card to use.

Lunga worked full-time while continuing his studies at TUT. He struggled with a couple of of subjects and had to rewrite them after failing.

The determined young man pushed through and ended up obtaining his diploma.

"I got my diploma and permanent contract with Ceenex. I’m their resident engineer at Bundu water scheme, biggest project at Thembisile Hani Local Municipality," he sai

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