“Towards the end of high school, I’d considered studying either nursing or business admin, but I couldn’t get into university or college because my maths results weren’t good enough, and I couldn’t get financial aid because I am a foreigner.”
“Most of my life was spent growing up in Lotus River. It’s a troubled community with lots of challenges most specifically crime and drugs which are big problems there. Like many poor neighbourhoods, we had a lot to deal with.”
“I grew up in Kewtown – Athlone. I was a withdrawn child, growing up in a rough environment. As a young boy, I realised that I wanted to be different and I aspired not to live in the same ways others in the community lived. I had big dreams to travel the world.
“I was born into a world of bullets – Manenberg on the Cape Flats. It is one of South Africa’s most notorious hotspots for gang violence. Scores of innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire between rival gangs daily.”