A regular highlight is when Axium Alumni return home for the holidays, bringing back stories of struggle and hope from their time at universities (and as of January 2017, with our first university graduates, the working world!) across the country. It’s a boost to our team, which helps connect our investments in much younger students with real, tangible success in the form of the articulate, thoughtful young men and women who are starting to make their mark on the world.
More significantly, as the alumni are given space to share with students currently in our programmes, the transfer of knowledge and (most important of all) belief becomes powerful. Suddenly the foreign-sounding “Bachelor of Commerce” begins to take meaningful shape in students’ minds as they hear stories of subjects and career opportunities. A friend or family member a year or two older makes the impossible of “engineering” or “University of Cape Town” seem that much more possible. As these interactions grow, the sense of possibility becomes palpable, and our students return to their books with renewed commitment and enthusiasm for the long road ahead.
Here are some of our Axium alumni who were seen in and around Zithulele during the June-July university break. Some of these inspirational young men and women have featured in previous blog posts – follow the links and give them a read!
- Elliot Nogo, Ekukhuleni ’12, Umthombo Scholar and BSc (Nursing) at Nelson Mandela University ‘16, working at Cloete-Joubert Hospital
- Asiphe Mkeke, Ekukhuleni ’13, BSocSci at Walter Sisulu University ‘16
- Aphelele Ndlela, Ekukhuleni ’14, REAP Scholar and BSc (BioTech) at University of the Western Cape ‘18
- Songezo Ncanywa, Ekukhuleni ’14, BSc (Electrical Engineering) at Walter Sisulu University
- Mawande Nohononwana, Ekukhuleni ’15, REAP Scholar and BSc (Nursing) at University of the Western Cape ‘18
- Lindile Khatazile, Ekukhuleni ’15, BCom at Walter Sisulu University ‘19
- S’busile Mavokoza, Ekukhuleni ’15, REAP Scholar and BSc at University of Cape Town ‘19
- Zodwa Nho, Ekukhuleni ’15, Social Development Bursar and Bachelor of Social Work at Nelson Mandela University ‘18
- Gcobani Mkuti, Ekukhuleni ’15 and Jumpstart ’16, REAP Scholar and BCom at University of Johannesburg ‘19
- Mbuyekezi Ntleki, Ekukhuleni ’15, South African Actuarial Bursar and BBusSci (Actuarial Science) at University of Cape Town ‘19
- Yonelwa Biko, Ekukhuleni ’15, REAP Scholar and BA at University of the Western Cape ‘18
- Masibulele Bota, Ekukhuleni ’16, REAP Scholar and BSc (Nursing) at University of the Western Cape ‘20
- Nyameka Vayeke, Ekukhuleni ’16, Thuthuka Bursar and BCom at Walter Sisulu University ‘20
- Zuko Sogoni, Ekukhuleni ’16, REAP Scholar and BBusSci (Actuarial Science) at University of Cape Town ‘20