He had to study for his matric exams under a streetlamp as his home had no electricity, but Lotanang has never allowed circumstances to dictate his dreams.
His story inspired Michelle Smith from Pretoria, to step in and help him where she could. At the end of 2015 she helped him apply for a bursary and helped identify a spot for him at the university. Michelle said the community had generously assisted in helping Lotanang get set up in his res, with kitchen equipment, bedding, and clothes.
“I will never forget the day Lotanang and I went to buy his residence attire,” posted Michelle on Facebook. “Only by accident, I noticed he held his pants up with a tethered nylon rope. I had to swallow hard at the lump in my throat and blinked numerous times to hide my tears. Even though the world is full of injustice and unfairness, I could not fathom why a boy so determined, so gentle, so kind, had to struggle so hard to obtain success.”
Over the years Lotanang has put all of his efforts into his studies. His circumstances never affected his determination to achieve his goals.
Can you help?
Michelle has now reached out to the South African community again… asking for help to place Lotanang in a law firm for his articles.
“Five years, two degrees and seven distinctions later, I’m asking for help again,” she posted on Facebook. “Do you know of, or have a law firm that would love to be part of his beautiful story of hope and faith?”
After being posted on Thursday, Michelle’s plea has now been shared over 10,000 times, receiving thousands of comments from well-wishers and South Africans offering whatever assistance they could.
All4Women has reached out to Michelle to give us an update on the search for a placement for Lotanang. We’ll share the good news as soon as we hear!