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Where did you grow up?
What were your dreams as a child?
To become a writer and an engineer, not for the money but to help others in every way possible for me.
What are you currently doing now (work)?
I’m a Civil Engineering student finishing up at Wits and I’m a writer with published short stories and working to get a few novels published.
How did you get into your line of work (career)?
Through a lot of hard work academically and a lot of self-belief in my writing ability as you will only find your love of something through yourself.
What have been some of your career highlights?
Getting published in various places around South Africa and around the world and being able to do my engineering degree at Wits, which has enabled me to work with some of the best minds in engineering.
What dreams do you still have for yourself?
To finally be acknowledged as fully-fledged writer and to see my books on the bookshelves, which is something that I constantly strive to. I also hope to influence a concerted positive change in the mindsets of the people in South Africa and around the world through my works in writing and engineering.
Who are the people that have influenced you or that you admire?
Writers and artists that have come before me with profound messages in their literature, such as Ernest Hemingway and J.M. Coetzee, and politically-minded individuals who have changed the course of the world in ways that are not always known or seen, such Ernesto Guevara and John F. Kennedy.
What is your dream for today’s youth of South Africa?
That the Youth of South Africa free their minds from the shackles of prejudice and hate against each other for the way others were born or how they choose to live their lives. This means that the Youth should put aside the hates and the prejudices of people who have lived in darker days and find it within themselves to forge a new, united South African identity.
What does June 16 mean to you?
It is a celebration of the freedom that we as South Africans have across the board in terms of race, a freedom that those students who marched on 16th June 1976 did not have, a freedom that we must hold ourselves responsible to upholding and giving to those who come to us needing it.
The one Truth I hold onto is…
That change is possible when it is honest, heart-felt and embracing.
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