Sipho Mabena
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4 minute read
18 Sep 2021
6:40 am

Academic raises funds from the street to help needy students

Sipho Mabena

From growing up in a shack, with no idea where the next meal would come from, and making it to the top, academic Dr John Ntshaupe Molepo has become an inspiration and a beacon of hope for the needy.

University of Mpumalanga public administration senior lecturer and programme leader for bachelor of administration, Dr John Ntshaupe Molepo at an intersection where he asked for small donations to pay for registrations fees for needy students. Picture: Justice Khosa

In 2015, the University of Mpumalanga public administration senior lecturer and programme leader for bachelor of administration founded Thusangwanageno, a non-profit organisation raising tertiary education funds for needy students. Donning his red and black doctoral graduation robes, Molepo became a common feature on Pretoria’s major intersections, pleading with motorists to help him get needy students through higher education. To date, Thusangwanageno, which is registered with the department of social development, has put over 600 needy students through higher education and helped many others to obtain driver’s licences. The youngster from the sprawling Soshanguve township, north of Pretoria, knows exactly how...