- Mutshidzi Ligege shared his story with Briefly.co.za about how he went from selling snacks to graduating
- He touches on how he refused to let his financial struggle stop him from achieving his goal of becoming a graduate
- He's story, which received wide coverage, has inspired thousands of locals who shared their thoughts on his success
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Briefly.co.za recently had an exclusive interview with a young man named Mutshidzi Ligege who shared with us how he went from selling crisps and sweets in order to pay for his tuition fees at the University of Venda.
Mutshidzi told Briefly that he had always wanted to get a tertiary education but unfortunately struggled financially. When he realised that the only way for him to pay for his fees and other scholarly needs would be to make the money himself, this is when he started selling.
"I had to get money for editing my research and binding it and after asking few people, some of which disappointed me, I had to find an alternative and that's where I started the business and I've always being business minded since high school."
He then shares how his determination to graduate had motivated him to keep on pushing even when the financial burden of university seemed to get a little hard.
"Academically, I strongly believe in the power of education and a degree alone wasn't enough, this is what kept me going."
Being a two-time graduate, Mutshidzi says that he will not stop there, he shared with us how he has plans on pushing for his Master's.
"Having two hoods (graduation belts) made me realise that I still wanna push to get my Master's."
He also shared some advice for those who find themselves in similar desperate financial situations who would also like to graduate:
"Let nothing stand in your way of what you really want. Whoever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, it is possible and for unemployed graduates don't just sit and say I'm marketing but keep yourself busy, at least have a short-term course or anything at all," he says.
Meanwhile Briefly.co.za also reported that some people work hard to achieve their dreams. One of those people is Solly Thomas Ngobeni. His story was shared on Varsity World's Facebook page. According to the post, Ngobeni graduated with his law degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Ngobeni said it took him eight years to realise his dreams. From 2006, Ngobeni worked as a delivery man in Pretoria for R300 a week. However, he wanted to do more with his life and decided to go back to school to obtain his matric certificate.
He then worked as a gardener in 2008, and used the money to pay for university. The post inspired South Africans and they applauded Ngobeni on his academic success., sharing many comments, commending him on his determination.
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