I've always been a proud person. I have to say that from the get-go. As I thought of what to put in my campaign story, the pride is something I definitely had to throw out, along with the doubts that this would not work. Hopefully, in sharing my story with you and exposing myself, I can spark a bit more than sympathy. I'm hoping for empathy.
I'm left with one course to complete my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT). I failed one second semester course last year, delaying my graduation by a year. This came as a shock to me. The result of this news was a wave of emotions to deal with and a life lesson behind it; learning to say "I failed and I can get back up" and not "I'm a failure". I often muse to myself that the key aspect of growing up is realising that who's responsible for fixing a bad situation is more important than whose fault the situation is. So, I'm taking my own advice and taking responsibility.
I'm an ambitious first born within a Zimbabwean family of 3 children. The full gravity and implications behind this have recently been made more apparent to me than ever. I need to succeed not only for myself but for those coming after me to see that it's possible, despite the economic hardships that have become synonymous with any mention of my beloved nation. There is also the need to move on with my education and become financially independent so that my siblings may benefit more from the fruits of my parents' hard work. This year, after some finessing, I managed to get work as a Research Assistant in the Chemical Engineering department at UCT, with the promise of a Master's position next year, with full funding. This rests upon meeting the condition of satisfactory performance in my current post and passing my remaining undergrad course. Here's the snag: firstly, I need to raise money to pay for my undergrad debt from last year before the 2nd semester begins, on the 15th of July, 2019. This is the main road block I face before I can move on to what looks like a bright future for me. My parents have worked extremely hard over the years to provide opportunities for me. However, the burden of providing for the entire family's financial needs has to be balanced with the need to clear this debt. Between my job at UCT and side jobs doing things such as audio transcriptions, tutoring and waitering, I am doing what little I can to help. We have already managed to lower the debt from what it was (I fear it may not be enough to clear the debt by the deadline. As you can see from the statement, we have managed to pay off R11 500. I recently made another payment of R14 000, which is not on the statement. Hence, the remaining amount owed to UCT sits at about R85 000.
My undergraduate years were not particularly out of this world but I have a vision which is spurring me on to do much better at Master's level, where I aim to study hydro-metallurgy. My interest in hydro-metallurgy stems from the environment I grew up in. As I progressed with my academic studies throughout the years, I noticed the changes in my country’s economy and back then I did not understand much. I have grown to appreciate the significance mining has on Zimbabwe, so perhaps this is where I could make a difference. A master’s study next year would not only project me in the right direction but would equip me with the necessary tools and guidance to one day become a contributor of industry in my home land. So, this is my appeal to all friends, family, colleagues and anyone with an interest to assist in any way they can!
UCT Bank Account Name: University of Cape Town
Account Type: Current Account
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa
Branch: Riverside Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa
Account Number: 27 068 9982
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Branch Code: 025009 (Rondebosch Branch)
Personal Bank Account Name: Dennis T. Matogo
Account Number: 62518832458
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Branch Code: 250655 (Rondebosch Branch)
Reference: Your Name_Fees
Side Note: Below, you can find a link to a Google Doc with my Fees Statement as of the 26th of April 2019 and a letter from the UCT Chemical Engineering department supporting my campaign.