Meet the faces behind HMU.


Hloni

Lehlohonolo ‘Hloni’ Ntlatlapo

President / Chairperson

From Katlehong, attended school at Phumulani School in Katlehong.

“As someone who grew up & went to a school in a township, I had the first hand experience of how access to information on higher education & applying is an issue for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. I’m a person who believes in not forgetting where you come from; move a few steps forward, then look back to encourage others to join the journey.”

Occupation: Medical Doctor

Carol

Carol Naidoo

Deputy President (Head of HMU Pietermaritzburg) / Deputy Chairperson

From Pietermaritzburg and attended Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School.

“I spent the first few months of my life in Ekujabuleni Children’s home in Edendale, before being adopted by an amazing family. I hope this initiative can help all children from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those from my first home Ekujabuleni, to reach for the stars & to have all their dreams ralised.”

Occupation: Medical Doctor

Lerato

Lerato Dingaan

Deputy President (Head of HMU Cape Town)

From Katlehong, relocated to Mamelodi in 2014. Attended school at Phumulani and Pretoria Secondary Schools.

“I realised that I was fortunate to have informed & supportive siblings. Without their support I never would have been able to apply to & make it to varsity. Unfortunately, not many of my peers had this support & thus they were unable to further their studies. Being part of HMU is my way of contributing towards changing this harsh reality.”

Occupation: Candidate Attorney

Efosa

Efosa Ohonba

Secretary general

From Johannesburg and went to King Edward VII School in Johannesburg.

“I wanted to be part of something that does more to improve the lives & advance the interests of other people other than myself. As you go along in life you realise that no one can achieve any great feat on their own, we all need some help along the way.”

Occupation: Medical Doctor

Tumi

Boitumelo Potsane

Public Relations Officer

From Katlehong, attended Phumulani Secondary School

“Coming from a disadvantaged background, access to post Matric opportunities was limited. Now that I have grown older, I have discovered that I have two hands — one for helping and empowering myself, and the other for helping others. If anything, always try to pay it forward.”

Occupation: LLB Graduate

Ilmondo

Ilmondo Allies

Projects Manager

From Upington, relocated to Cape Town in 2011, and attended Upington and De Kuilen High Schools.

“I’m from a small town where only those who had the privilege of attending a Model C school or whose parents could afford were able to study post-matric. I can’t help but think that many people I went to school with who started working immediately after matric, had there been an organisation like HMU they might have followed a different course.”

Occupation: Medical Doctor

Ziya

Ziyabukwa ‘Ziya’ Mayalo

Research Officer

From Grahamstown, attended high school at Kingswood College.

“Raised by 2 teachers I have always had a passion for education & it was instilled in me that education is the key that opens many doors in life. I believe that everyone deserves a chance at attaining this key, & I have seen that higher education is not easy for all to attain despite ones matric results.”

Occupation: Medical Doctor