Your disadvantaged upbringing should not determine the rest of your life. This is DUT lecturer and PhD student Mvelo Siyaya’s motto.
His inspirational story is testament to that.
Siyaya, 27, who lectures in auditing and taxation, grew up in Vryheid with his grandparents, while his mother worked as a domestic worker.
He and his seven cousins survived on his grandparents’ pension. Coming from an impoverished family did little to thwart his determination as he went on to achieve more than he thought he was capable of.
“At times, my school shoes would be torn and I would still have to wear them, but I understood the situation back home and persisted,” he said.
As a child, Siyaya did not see…
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