Making a difference is something that I have wanted to do from a young age. It is my deep desire that I am able to leave a legacy to the next generation. In his address Dr. Mabizela said two things that stayed with me. The first was that Rhodes commit to ensuring that a quality education is provided to all academically deserving students and that no academically deserving student should not be afforded an opportunity to study at Rhodes because they are born into family of meagre means. The second was to brighten the corner where you live. By donating to the Isivivane Fund I feel that I am contributing to creating a lasting legacy that will make a difference in the lives of not only the young people who will study at Rhodes University but that as they become the leaders of tomorrow that they will have a lasting impact on the lives of ordinary South Africans. By giving to the fund in small way it does brighten the corner where I live and work.
By Sue Robertson
My name is Bongi Khumalo, a proud Zulu girl from Mpophomeni Township. I and my orphaned cousins have been raised by a strong woman, a general worker (cleaner) at the Howick Municipality. My mother and I always had big dreams. She ensured that I attend the best schools inspite of her minimal income. I aspire to be a lawyer. I am 19 years old from a township that is notorious for teenage pregnancies, party culture and lack of progression to higher education. I wanted to be different. I chose a university that has a sense of unity, a university where students care about other students, academically demanding and challenging.