Minnies lost everything in a fire in June 2016 that killed eight people, including five children, and injured five.
“I feel very excited and overwhelmed. There were times I wanted to give up on everything and to be here today it’s just amazing. I never thought I would make it,” he said.
“The challenges I have faced have made me stronger and made me push on and want to reach my goals.”
Minnies was 16 at the time of the fire. He sustained burns to 90% of his body while trying to save two children and he lost four toes. He spent five months in the isolation ward in Tygerberg Hospital.