Student Success: Owen Sambo is the Quintessential Cool Dude

When you look at Owen Sambo, he looks like the quintessential cool dude. Tall, good looking, and well-dressed. Once you get to know him you find out he is much more. His mother can be very proud. She has raised a son with unfailingly good manners, who is helpful, considerate, kind, and interested in the world around him.

Owen grew up in the Masoyi District of Mpumalanga, bordering the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. Owen’s mother wanted him to go into the medical field but this was not where Owen felt his heart was; his passions lie in music and studio engineering (passions that inspired the photo below).


Owen Sambo loves computers and music. Val Ross, who was Owen’s 2014 English teacher at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre, says this young man is going places.

A compromise was struck and Owen came to study computers, English and hospitality at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC) in 2014. The course is part of Good Work Foundation’s Absa-sponsored “bridging year” which offers rural school-leavers the opportunity to dramatically improve their English and IT skills, empowering them to take part in 21st century economies.

“I thrived at HDLC,” says Owen, “and I loved the computer component.”


Even in his spare time, Owen can found improving his digital skills.

Despite going to a school that had a computer lab but didn’t offer computers, Owen taught himself how to produce his own music using a desktop and a laptop. He even produced a song with fellow student Nelisiwe Selaula.

Owen graduated in October 2014 and is currently working at Makro in Nelspruit. He has applied to do his CompTIA A+ which is the next step in IT mastery.

Owen has all the ingredients for a successful future. He has passion, integrity, a thirst for knowledge and a good work ethic. It will be exciting to see where his passions take him.

Written by Valerie Ross. Created by the Good Work Foundation Media Academy