Born and bred in a small town called Burgersfort; in Limpopo, Tony Tjabadi is one of the Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Metallurgical Engineering students to graduate during the 2021 winter graduations at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). He enrolled for BTech with the institution in 2019. He describes his journey as a tough one as he comes from a small town and a financially unstable family. However; this prompted him to change the situation for the better. He mentioned how he came to the Vaal and found a family in his first-year residence mates. They contributed money and bought groceries to sustain themselves for a month until the next NSFAS payment. Back then, NSFAS food allowance was R500 and they managed to make the most with the little that they had. “No one said it would be easy going after your dreams,” he said.
He feels honoured to be a graduate, especially at VUT. He ranks VUT as one of the best in Engineering. “I got to the engineering industry and nothing was new to me; hence I give VUT 10 out of10 for theory and practicality in Engineering” he proudly says.
His plans going forward, completing his master’s degree (MTech) and possibly a Doctorate (Ph.D.). He advises students and young individuals to PUSH against all odds even under the harsh circumstances of COVID-19. “This is not just a piece of paper; it can be a tool for one to change the world with their expertise.”
Article by: Thato Phalole