“From struggle to success” was the theme tackled by panellists (from left) Gugu Nxiweni, Lunga Tshikila and (right) Hilton Sansom, at Thursday’s (29 October) end-of-year function for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University‘s PinnAcle Leadership Programme, where student Bongeka Mbonisweni was also awarded the PinnAcle Leadership Development Trophy. Picture: Leonette Bower.
At first glance, Hilton Sansom is your stereotypical “privileged student”. The well-spoken, well-dressed 22-year-old attended Grey High, matriculated in 2011 with a 93% aggregate, and received one of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University‘s most prestigious bursaries – the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, currently worth R80,000-plus annually – for each year of his BCom (Chartered Accountancy) degree.
But what most people don’t realise is just how hard Sansom had to work to get there. Growing up as the only child of a single, unemployed mother, he has – since the age of nine – relied on bursaries for his education. “I learned from an early age what hard work was.”
Date: November 02, 2015 17:36
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