Author and motivational speaker Simphiwe Mngomezulu from Mavimbela Section in Katlehong has made education fashionable around Kathorus.
Mngomezulu who runs an NGO called 80-D Albert Street Foundation has adopted a number of learners that he mentors as they prepare for university.
In 2018, Mngomezulu successfully mentor 85 learners doing grade 11 and 12 around Katlehong and Thokoza. To which, 14 are at Vaal University of Technology, 17 at Tshwane University of Technology, 8 at University of Johannesburg and 32 in different TVET colleges. 6 learners failed their grade 12 and 18 are still undecided.
Mngomezulu has also highlighted the importance of these mentorships saying that they practically guide learners in choosing careers.
“We help learners apply in different university and we also take them to their desired work field so they can fully understand the career they want to choose.”
According to Mngomezulu some learners change their mind after seeing how intense their possible work of is.
“One female learner wanted to become a fire fighter, we took her to Zonkiziwe fire station, she had an opportunity to attend a scene where two trucks had collided, she came back with a change of heart,” he said.
Mngomezulu wants to mentor 100 learners this year and also expand to other areas such as Vosloorus and the surroundings.