K’litsha man grabs a Swiss degree

2015-10-22 06:00

Andile at his graduation in Switzerland with his parents from Khayelitsha who went overseas for the first time.


Andile at his graduation in Switzerland with his parents from Khayelitsha who went overseas for the first time. PHOTO: tsiba

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The first South African university graduate from the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) to study at the Business School Lausanne (BSL) in Switzerland on a Kofi Annan Scholarship is about to make history.

Last week, Andile Dyonase was awarded a Master of Science in International Finance Cum Laude at a ceremony at the school of senior business management in Geneva.

Andile, who grew up in Khayelitsha, where access to university studies is limited for many reasons, like the standard of secondary education and the high cost of tertiary education and living expenses.

He changed his destiny in 2010 by enrolling in at TSiBA where he graduated with his Bachelor in Business Administration degree in minimum time.

TSiBA is a non-profit tertiary business school founded in 2004, which assists students who may not be able to access university studies, due to financial or academic constraints.

After getting his degree in South Africa, Andile was awarded a prestigious Kofi Annan Scholarship to study towards his Master of Science in Switzerland.

Andile’s fierce determination saw him also pass the rigorous Chartered Financial Analyst Level 1 exam.

On completion of his studies Andile was invited to join the ranks of great financial auditing firm, Ernst andamp; Young Geneva, for a one-year internship with the intention to return to South Africa in 2016 to share his experience with others.

For someone who struggled with maths at the start of his studies and has achieved so much success, Andile’s life motto makes sense : “failure doesn’t mean the game is over, it just means try again!”

Andile’s story is an inspiration and he is proving a worthy leader and role-model in his community.

Andile recalls how “growing up in a township of Khayelitsha, I never dreamed I would go to university, let alone travel across the world. Success was not something I could relate to and certainly not something I aspired to.

“The day I set foot in TSiBA, my whole world changed - I discovered untapped potential buried inside me all along.

For the first time I was encouraged to dare to dream big. I was taught with the right attitude and hard work I could become whatever I wanted to be in life, regardless of my background. It wasn’t all plain sailing.

I struggled, particularly with maths, having lacked the numerical background from secondary school. But with help from TSiBA’s dedicated staff and lecturers, hard work and determination, I eventually passed maths with flying colours.

When I return to South Africa, I cannot wait to continue sharing my story and journey with fellow young South Africans and instill proactivity into them to take control of their lives and to realize that their future is in their hands, not the government, parents nor school.

With the right attitude they can reach their highest potential regardless of their backgrounds. If there’s at least one person inspired by my story then it’s worth sharing.”

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