SUCCESS STORIES of PAST MENTEES



Phophi Cheryl  Mining engineer at Anglo American - mentor Valérie Hirsch (2008)


Valerie exposed me to various universities and different career paths available; arranged meeting with a Mining Engineer. To this day Valerie still shows interest in my career and  more of a family friend . Today I hold a Mining Engineering Degree, currently working for Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore as a Mining Production Supervisor.


 Mashele Lebohang  - Diploma in Information Technology  - mentor :Valérie Hirsch (2008)
Popphi (white tshirt) and Mashele (blue top) in 2008






I work for a company called SSA as a consultant, currently  based at Standard Bank as an administrator of the ETL software. The mentors are encouraging and funny. Valerie made sure we had knowledge about Universities and had the right documents to apply at the universities. 

Mark Maimane - Degree in Town Planning- mentor : Thibault Danset (2009)

I was introduced to a smart, funny and generous mentor, Thibault. He took me to university open days and lunches. He motivated me, grew my knowledge of the real world and assisted me with essentials such as food where it was tough. Till today he is always happy to hear from me.Today I work for Setplan Gauteng.

Nhlanhla Maduna - Digital Business Integration Analyst at Accenture  mentor :Kgaugelo (2009)


Kgaugelo, who was then a student at Wits, did not only mentor me but also assisted with tutoring at my school twice a week. He also took me to a Wits and UJ open day. During my school holidays, I used to go at attend lectures with him just to get a feel on how university works. 
Today I hold a degree in BSc Mathematical Sciences majored in both Mathematics and Computational and Applied Mathematics at Wits.




Siphesihle Lolwana – Industrial Engineer at Nestlé  mentor : Sebastien (2010)


The Mentorship Programme helped one not only with passing your grades but with also the Varsity preparation and exposure.  Then there were all these extramural activities that help in terms of your self-esteem and having goals bigger than getting a job and support your family. I remember in 2011 after getting my grade 12 results, I was thinking of getting a Job at a retail company. My mentor asked me : "Your family survived the last 18 years with you not working, don't you think they can survive the next three years? By then, you would have a qualified job! After that first stop was UJ.
 I got to complete my Diploma and B.Tech in Industrial Engineering  and now I am  a young manager at Nestle.

 Terrence Mncube Edwards.  IT specialist. Mentor : Morgan Stead (2011)

I did exceptionally well in my matric. I attribute most of my matric success to St Mary's and Sizanani. I was awarded a bursary to study a IT certification (Boston college).  I got a job offer with a prestigious company  but decide to continue with my studies. So I did a Computer Science and Informatics bachelors degree at UJ. in 2015, I did an IT Networking certification in the U.S My mentor has been extremely helpful. She was also a students so she had really good advice. She was there in all my graduations and she is still my mentor to this day. 



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