It was in 2016 when Neo Mahlamvu, 22 from Harding, KwaZulu-Natal began his higher education journey at Berea Technical College. “I was in Grade 11 when I decided that I wanted to study IT.,” said Mahlamvu. Born to a mother who studied and worked in the IT industry, Mahlamvu was confident that he was making the right decision. “After doing my research and also understanding the type of family I was born in I knew that it was this specific institution that could grant me quality education at a much more affordable rate.” Mahlamvu was taken through college by his grandmother who still survives by selling fruits. “For me to get transport fare so I could attend lectures I assisted at my grandmother’s fruit stall.”
Being the third in his family to get into college Mahlamvu was determined to add to the growing list of academics in his household. Remembering his days on campus, Mahlamvu laughs with pride. “Moving to Berea College of Technology was great. I enjoyed my days on campus. I miss it.” Change in ownership saw students like Mahlamvu move into the iconic 127-year-old site previously known as the Tourist Junction. From boasting state-of-the-art classrooms and various student facilities it is not only the infrastructure that contributes to learners’ success. “I was in an environment with dedicated lecturers.” Mahlamvu proudly names one of his IT lecturers, Ash as being one of the main people who had a positive influence on his academic success. The IT programme involves the study of computer systems and telecommunication from storing, retrieving, and sending information.
Mahlamvu obtained five distinctions making him the Top Achiever in his academic programme. He states that his outstanding performance was driven by the determination of wanting to make his loved ones proud and the desire to better his life. “My advice to other students is to always remember where you come from. Choose friends wisely; don’t allow campus and city life to change who you are.”
Still, in the job market, Mahlamvu is ready for the next phase of his young life. “I left home for Durban driven by ambition and was able to accomplish more than I expected.”
Tailor your path to success by visiting Berea College of Technology at 160 Monty Naicker Road, Durban or contact them on 031 827 8300. The majestic campus offers a range of courses in IT.