- Lucky Thusi is the first person to hold the title of news editor position for two separate Caxton publications in his branch
- He started as a runner delivering newspapers before becoming a cadet reporter
- He is a multi-talented role-model with many talents and skills
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By Zakithi Dlamini - Freelance Journalist
Lucky ‘Dryva’ Thusi is one of those people who is living proof that hard work, passion and perseverance pave the road to success!
As the first person ever to hold the title of news editor for two different Caxton publications in his branch in Johannesburg, he is an inspiration to his colleagues and young journalists everywhere.
Back in 2005, he joined Caxton as a runner, delivering newspapers three days a week around the city. His love of photography saw him taking more of an interest in journalism.
Fortunately for him, Caxton believes in investing in their staff to give them opportunities to improve themselves and gave Lucky the chance to train as a reporter as part of their Cadet Programme.
In 2007, Lucky spent his first day in the newsroom, as a cadet, getting a feel for the real world of reporting. Next, he was sent to Cross Media in Honeydew for an intensive course in journalism.
“It was fascinating and exciting. We had a very young and vibrant class and I was the second-eldest person in my class at 27,” said Lucky.
Today, Lucky leads two teams of reporters, running the Southern Courier and Comaro Chronicle and is a true inspiration who has proven that life is what you make out of it.
He said when he was growing up in Newcastle, life was not eventful but it was good. Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Lucky said:
“I was a very reserved person and still am. I am a very shy person. However, I excelled at school. I was a good boy and played soccer."
Throughout life, Lucky has shown a perseverance to succeed has seen him take on challenge after challenge and become a multi-talented role-model to others.
After matric, he enrolled for BSC Chemical Engineering at Wits University but did not complete the course. He then studied Art and Culture Management, also at Wits Business School. At the age of 34, he went back to study a four-year Diploma at Boston Media College.
Aside from his passion for camera, pen and paper, Lucky is also an internationally-acclaimed professional dancer who toured the world as part of the group, Umoja the Spirit of Togetherness. He encouraged the youth to work hard towards fulfilling their dreams.
“It is all in the state of mind. If you think you can’t make it or make it, either way you are right. You need to push yourself in life and thrive in whatever you are doing, I am where I am today because I always do things for yourself and my well-being. I’m not in a competition with anyone,” said Lucky.
Lucky has achieved so much in his life but the proud father of three still has more goals. One day he hopes to have his own studio where he can take professional photographs.
In other news, a young American boy recently made his parents proud after starting his college career at the tender age of 12 years old.
The young boy, Caleb Anderson, qualified for MENSA — the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. He is currently studying towards his aerospace engineering qualification from Chattahoochee Technical College in Georgia.
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