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Tankiso Motaung

When Tankiso Motaung, 28, from Johannesburg graduated with a B.Tech degree in 2013, he could not find a job. Out of desperation, he decided to stand at a traffic light in Grayston Drive, Sandton, with a placard asking for a job. Photos of him holding his placard went viral on social media and landed him a graduate programme internship with Vodacom’s Solutions Management Enterprise Business Unit. He went on to become their top achieving graduate.

Motaung is now permanently employed by Vodacom and continuing his studies at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He plans on doing a Masters in Business Administration after that.

Having grown up with a single mother who died when he was 15 years old, Motaung understands the vulnerability of children without a support system, and how they can fall through the cracks. He is actively involved in motivational talks that aim to show school learners that education is the key to success, and has an NPO that supplies basic necessities to learners in need.

“Having been raised in an abusive family, life was tough for me. Through all those hardship, I learnt the basis of surviving and realised that education is the only tool that will take you out of poverty and misery,” he says.

Connect with Tankiso on LinkedIn.

Nominated in category: Resilience

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