From being raised by a single mother in Klerksdorp’s Kanana township to helping the underprivileged acquire title deeds for their homes, Mongezi Godfrey Lomo has displayed immense determination and tenacity in overcoming his circumstances. Having recently graduated with Honours in Criminology, after acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as Communications and Media Studies as a double major, Lomo is a source of inspiration to the youth of his community and beyond.

With these achievements in mind, Lomo has more than lived up to the Napoleon Hill quote, which inspires him and he has always believed that, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.” This positive approach to life, coupled with the support of his mother, who he describes as his rock, have ensured that Lomo will always seek ways in which to drive change and ensure impact in marginalised communities.

“My time at Monash South Africa saw me growing profesionally and personally on many fronts. My course provided me with the foundation and knowledge for my degree, while my extracurricular activities as the manager of the soccer team helped me develop critical skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and time management to name a few,” says Lomo.

Having registered at Monash South Africa on a bursary, Lomo’s proudest moment was when he was recognised as the Best Sports Representative of the Year in 2014. His reputation and expertise as a sportsman and leader has resulted in him continuing to work on a local government project.

His candid advice to other students: “Education is the key to your future. If you want to improve your circumstances, a solid education is your answer.”  While the future does seem bright for Lomo, his five year plan includes pursuing an ambition to become an entrepreneur and establish his own security firm.”