From drop-out to academic [Sowetan]

Posted Sep 18, 2012 by Student Blogs

"While growing up I had more challenges than victories, but the victories are more sweet."

These are the words of Andile Mkonto, 22, of the impoverished Soweto-on-Sea who will be heading to our UK campus this week to pursue a Bachelors of International Business Administration.

Mkonto, who co-owns Get Active Construction and Projects, which recently received a tender to build 150 houses in Witbank, recounts his story of dropping out of school at the age of 13.

In 2009, Mkonto was sent to the African Leadership Academy where he matriculated.

"I am one of the fortunate ones that had opportunities opened for them. This is a huge opportunity for me. Not everyone from where I am goes to school.

"Without the support from my community and my granny I would not have made it. I am proud of my achievements and where I am from," Mkonto said.

He will be doing a four-year course at Hult's London campus. To read more about Mkonto's experience, read the full article published by Mkhululi Ndamase in the Sowetan Live here.

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