The courageous Siphephelo Siyabonga Mdluli (33) originally from KwaZulu-Natal and later moved to Johannesburg, is a driven individual who conquered transition at a young age. Holding onto his dreams he became a beneficiary of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund.
Born in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, after his mother passed away, he lived with his aunt in eMpangeni, and then moved to Johannesburg where he completed matric at the Hill High School. Siphephelo later moved back to KwaZulu-Natal and stayed at Pietermaritzburg with his siblings.
Not having a sufficient amount of money that would fund his studies, he looked into applying for bursaries. Having had obtained exceptional matric results Siphephelo knew something good would come his way. Indeed it did and he received a scholarship from the NYDA.
Life began to take shape for him and he completed his degree in Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Community Development and Political Science, obtained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) through the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu scholarship fund.
“I am finally leaving my dream. My dream of obtaining a degree was halted in the beginning due to lack of funding, and I was forced to look for employment. But thank you to the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund, offered by the NYDA, I have managed to complete my Bachelors degree and I am now furthering my studies, “said Siphephelo.
He is currently studying his Masters and he would like to successfully complete it and graduate again in 2019. Thereafter, he plans to register for a Doctoral (PhD) degree while lecturing and conducting research to inform policy on critical socio-economic issues such as youth unemployment and poverty.