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Matric of the Month

Tshireletso
Tshireletso

My name is Tshireletso, born and raised in Alexandra township. Like many South Africans, I am from a financially challenged family. How am I able to survive with a family of sixteen in a one room? One might wonder! I don’t see my challenges as accidents waiting to happen but as an adventure waiting to be explored. That is the main reason why.

The predicaments I am facing are the main reason why I am here at Waverley High School and also here as an AEC beneficiary. They are the main reasons why I want to develop my adversities for the better. They are also the reason why I am enthusiastic, goal driven, focussed, diligent, optimistic and always strive for the best.

“It takes a village to raise a child” and the AEC organisation is part of that village that played an important role un raising me. I am grateful for the opportunities they gave me. And these opportunities include: sponsor, mentor, computer skills, getting a privilege to attend book fairs, Saturday schooling and assisting with groceries, the rest of the list remains.

Life was never meant to be easy because easy ways are not so fascinating. With all that said, I would like to send my gratitude to all those who improved my life for the better.

Alum of the Month

Zama Moyo
Zama Moyo HIGHLANDS BOYS NORTH - CLASS OF 2009

Zama Moyo matriculated from Highlands North Boys’ High School in 2009.

He obtained a BA at Wits in Psychology, Media Studies, International Relations and English.

In 2016 he wrote:

“As for me, I am doing well. I write this from England where I am completing my Masters in Ideology and Discourse Analysis (a branch of political theory) at the University of Essex. My dissertation focusses on some of the projected reforms in the National Development Plan and I hope to make a contribution in the policymaking space in South Africa – that is the dream.”

In 2013 he was selected out of 200 initial submissions around the world as a finalist in the World Human Rights Cities Forum hosted in Gwangju, South Korea, and he finished second in the Essay Competition.

He states that he will always be grateful to the “AEC family as a whole, particularly
Mrs Rossouw and Mr Simmonds for the role they have played in his continued development.”

Zama received a Master’s degree, Ideology and Discourse Analysis, from the University of Essex. He then worked for the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg. Zama is the Founder and Managing Director of Onyx Intelligence which provides compliance research to individuals and corporate entities looking to go into new areas of business.

Zama is a published writer whose first feature-length article was published in the current affairs magazine ‘The Thinker’ at the end of 2017.

He is actively involved in Feenix, a crowdfunding organisation for tertiary studies, powered by Standard Bank.