Student of the Week: Njabulo Mashele

Njabulo Mashele graduated in 2009 from Twin College in Hazyview, Mpumalanga province. After graduating, he was faced with a challenge that affects most South African rural graduates: what next?

Although there are plans in the pipeline, there is no university in Mpumalanga province. The prospect of moving to the “big city” – Johannesburg or Pretoria – is daunting, expensive and dangerous. And local technical colleges charge a fortune, much more than many universities in South Africa.

Njabulo’s parents, both teachers, encouraged their son to register for a three-year computer programming diploma at a local tertiary college that was charging R42,000 per student per annum. To give our readers an idea, most major South African university degrees cost half of that amount, if that.

Halfway through second year, Njabulo simply could not afford to continue.

“There are lots of ‘for profit’ computer colleges springing up all over the place in rural areas” says Njabulo, “but the fees are beyond most people’s reach. Many of those places are in it for the profit only, and they often disappear overnight. That’s when I heard about the non-profit organisation, Good Work Foundation.”

Njabulo is part of our new group of International Computer Driving License (ICDL) students and is in his orientation week at Good Work Foundation’s Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

“I want to go all the way” Njabulo says. “ICDL Core, Advanced, A+ and N+. And I would love to walk in Bright Nyakane’s footsteps to become the next top student. The competition is on! Thank you Good Work Foundation and Absa for giving me and my peers this wonderful opportunity. I hope to go on to become a computer programmer, and that dream just got a little closer.”

Good luck Njabulo and welcome to the Good Work Foundation family.