Computer enthusiast wins bursary to study IT

2014-09-02 00:00

WHEN Information Technology was removed from the subjects stream at his school, Xolani Dlamini thought his dream of working in the IT industry was dashed.

But thanks to his friends who showed him how to use a computer and gave him one of his own, the Eastwood Secondary School matriculant’s dream of being an IT specialist is about to materialise.

Dlamini, who grew up at the Bishoptowe Kenosis Community Orphanage because his parents could not afford to send him to school, won a R67 350 bursary competition on Saturday. The IT Certificate Academy (ITCA) and The Witness embarked on an initiative to award a deserving individual an opportunity to pursue a career in the IT industry.

The 19-year-old said he was shocked when his name was called. “I felt like I was dreaming. I still can’t believe it,” said Dlamini.

“I stood no chance of realising my dream because of financial difficulties. I am grateful for the opportunity I’m getting from IT Certificate Academy.”

In a touching motivational letter, Dlamini recounted how his lifelong love for computers started.

“I always found myself desperate to know … everything … about computers. Helping people with computers is what I enjoy the most.”

ITCA’s Raylene Amos said: “We would like to congratulate Xolani Dlamini for winning the study bursary and we look forward to him at ICTA college in 2015.”

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