DURBAN - As a child, Muzikayise Mtshweni dreamed of becoming a chartered accountant - but the halls of corporate finance were worlds away from the dusty township of Mhluzi, near Middelburg.
Today, this ambitious young graduate of Anglo American Coal South Africa’s Community Scholarship Scheme is serving his articles at one of the world’s most prestigious accounting firms.
Mtshweni said, "My mother is a domestic worker, my father a petrol attendant. So, I knew that because of our financial situation, the costs of attending university meant that my dreams would remain just that".
He added, "Through God’s grace and mercy, I received a scholarship from Anglo American Coal, which funded my studies from my first year all the way through post-graduate studies. If it wasn’t for this scholarship, I wouldn’t be where I am today".
Muzikayise is among the first wave of 33 students to have graduated from university since the scheme’s inception in 2014.