Its all in a days’ do for chemical Ted

2017-07-27 06:01
Thobani Everest Dlakana shows kids its cool to stay in school.

Thobani Everest Dlakana shows kids its cool to stay in school.

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A Langa man has became a fine example of what it means to stay in school and be rewarded.

Thobani Everest Dlakana from Zone 18 has just landed a job in at Engen’s Supply Chain Management department completing a journey that started while he was in high school.

Ted, as he prefers to be called, started off with Saturday classes at Engen’s Maths and Science School when he was doing grade 10 at Thandokhulu High School.

“When I was in matric I applied for a bursary to study Chemical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

I was lucky enough to get the funding and then studied until I obtained my bursary last year,” he said.

Ted now works in the supply chain office doing enterprise optimization; a challenge that he has grabbed with both hands.

“My job is basically to make sure that processes within are easy and efficient as you know there is more focus on technology these days.

It’s an amazing opportunity that I received and I really am enjoying it,” he said.

Despite his good turn of fortunes Ted is still quite conscious of the struggles of young people to afford education.

“It’s a bitter sweet moment for me because I know that there are so many young people who want to further their education. As much as I’m grateful for the opportunities afforded to me I am still concerned about others,” he said.

He said he grew up loving his school work and that even after he went to varsity he still went back to assist in local high schools.

“I still offer tutoring to learners at Sizimisele High were I was invited by a former teacher to come and assist the kids.

I really enjoy that and I hope that the young people will understand that their attitude will go a long way into determining whether they are successful of not.

They need to be part of the solution, not the problem if they are to change their lives,” he said.

Growing up in Zone 18, a high shack density area, Ted said that his environment pushed him to work hard so that he can go and live in a better environment.

While this has not materialised, he said that he was working hard on it and still had ambitions to fulfil.

“I just want to work hard and do the best I can to make sure the company prospers. I would also love to become a manager one day,” he said.

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