The James Christopher Foundation
 how to support Qhama   Financial Assistance Needed:    Approximately R100,000

how to support Qhama

Financial Assistance Needed:

Approximately R100,000

Qhama Babana

Class of 2018

Master of Arts (International Business & Foreign Trade)

Worms university of applied science (Germany)

Born in Tsholomnqa Village in the Eastern Cape province, Qhama proved to be a talented student. His strong academic performance was rewarded with a place at Selborne College in East London, a top South African school, financed through a partial scholarship and a private donor. Qhama worked hard to maintain a high performance standard, and received numerous academic awards during his time at Selborne.

Qhama moved to Cape Town after completing Grade 12 in 2007, where he was sponsored by Investec to attend university. After a break in his studies to work in 2012,  in 2013 he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town, majoring in Financial Accounting. In 2016, he took a leap of faith and moved to Germany to continue his studies in International Business and Foreign Trade. Qhama is currently halfway through his degree, and in addition to speaking fluent English and isiXhosa, has picked up German as a third language. He's also actively involved in the local German club rugby scene!

Qhama hopes to return to South Africa one day and apply the experience he gains in an international environment to the local economy. At the James Christopher Foundation, we firmly believe that South Africa - as a player in the global economy often punching above its weight - can only benefit from her top students gaining experience outside of her borders; a belief borne out by numerous studies. Whilst Qhama benefits from the European belief that education should be accessible to all and that a diverse international student population is desirable, he still needs assistance with his monthly living expenses, which are not covered entirely through his part-time job.

The Foundation has agreed to help Qhama in this regard, and we need your help to do it! If you'd like to donate to Qhama, please click on the button below!

  Olwethu & Jock at Olwethu's BSc Graduation      how to support owlethu   Financial Assistance Needed:    Approximately R500,000   Other Assistance Needed:   (Paid) student accommodation in London (from Sep 2018)  Part-time work in London (from Sep 2018)   

Olwethu & Jock at Olwethu's BSc Graduation

 

how to support owlethu

Financial Assistance Needed:

Approximately R500,000

Other Assistance Needed:

(Paid) student accommodation in London (from Sep 2018)

Part-time work in London (from Sep 2018)

 

Olwethu Waka

Class of 2019

Master of Science (Financial Mathematics)

University of Liverpool (London Campus) (September 2018)

Born in the village of Nontshinga in the Eastern Cape, Olwethu's story is a powerful testimony to what sheer grit, ambition and hard work can achieve. Growing up in a place with no running water, negligible community services and poverty all around him, Olwethu nevertheless overcame these early obstacles and completed his matric (grade 12) at Pakamani Secondary School in Bika Township, Butterworth (Eastern Cape). It was here that a dedicated teacher helped Olwethu discover a love for mathematics, eventually matriculating with a higher grade pass of 89% in the subject.

In a second stroke of good fortune, Olwethu was subsequently introduced to Jock McConnachie, a lawyer and notary who runs the Qolora Education Centre in the Eastern Cape. Jock took Olwethu under his wing and arranged a bursary for him through Eskom for tertiary study. In 2011, at Eskom's behest, Olwethu began studying Mechanical Engineering at Walter Sisulu University. It was, in his words, "a disaster". With no real love for the subject matter, and poor facilities and support structures, Olwethu failed his first year, and returned home disappointed and disillusioned.

Jock suggested Olwethu take a break from studying in 2012 to rebuild some confidence and understand what he really wanted to study. During this time, he worked at Qolora Education Centre teaching high school students computer literacy and mathematics (something he continues to do to this day in his holidays). In 2013, with Jock's help, Olwethu applied for a BSc Foundation Course at Rhodes University, and since being accepted, has never looked back. After completing the foundation year, Olwethu graduated with a BSc (Mathematics) in 2016, and obtained his BSc (Hons) (Mathematics) in 2017 from Rhodes University.

Olwethu has been accepted to study an MSc (Financial Mathematics) in London through the University of Liverpool from September 2018, another in his long list of achievements. However, with tuition fees being denominated in Pounds, and living expenses, he needs help to get there. The Foundation has committed to providing both financial and mentor support to this incredibly driven and talented young man, and we need your help to do so!

You can read Olwethu's full story in his own words here.