“Hard work and effective time management are key to future success in life”, two former participants in the Vision AfriKa programme have advised current members.
Visionaries Mambesi Goje, a second year BCom student in Investment Management at the University of Stellenbosch, and Siphosethu Mbuli, who is in her second year of a BSc in Chemistry and Oceanography at the University of Cape Town, attended a weekend braai for a group of 18 Grade 12 learners from Kayamandi at the start of February.
The aim of the get-together was to encourage the learners to think about what they needed to focus on over the vital matriculation year ahead. A further goal was to give them an opportunity to ask questions of, and advice from, their peers. Goje and Mbuli shared their experiences of how their own hard work has paid off as it has enabled them to win bursaries to continue their studies in order to pursue their chosen careers.
Both Visionaries stressed that it is of vital importance to put bursary applications in on time and that the value of group work is understood. Mbuli continued: “I can only emphasise the importance of working hard as individuals, and in a group. Also stop procrastinating and manage your time well.”
The Visionaries promised to make themselves available to help out if the VisionK learners need any academic help or information about their respective universities, but as one student repeatedly pointed out: “If they can do it, so can we.”