- Tsatseng worked as a petrol attendant to make ends meet and faced a lot of ridicule, but people did not know the young man was studying.
- People told him that he was where he was because he did not study; they judged his circumstances before they knew anything.
- He got his degree despite people’s negativity and judgments and he urges anyone in a similar position, to rise above and know that they are capable.
Tsatseng Rantsho, a 24 year old petrol attendant from Daveyton, Ekurhuleni is a remarkable example to all. This young man completed his degree in legal studies, despite his hardships.
“We were not poor but we were struggling. Luckily, my matric results helped me get into university and I didn’t have to worry about fees.”
He enrolled at the University of Johannesburg to study law and worked as a petrol attendant so that he could eat. No one knew that he was studying whilst he was working at the petrol station and he faced a lot of negativity.
“I was a petrol attendant for three years and people looked down on me. People who came to fill up their cars would often tell me that I wouldn’t be where I was if I had studied.”
People laughed at him and told him that he could not do it. As he was working as a petrol attendant, Tsateng did not have much money and barely made it through the month, but that did not stop him. The young man rose above his challenges and proved the haters wrong.
“That is my motto. Don’t let what other people say discourage you. Fight for what you want, no matter the situation."
Tsateng urges young people that are in a tough situation, to keep working hard and believe that they can do it, because they can.
“They should try by all means to pass matric with flying colors."
“Their results will open doors for them.”
“I then got the job I had been studying for.”
“But the biggest lesson I’ve learnt so far is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”
This remarkable young man shows us that we are capable of anything if we rise above the excuses of our circumstances.
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