Thando lives with her 95-year-old grandfather, two younger brothers, and three younger cousins in Katlehong Township outside of Johannesburg. Her mother and grandmother died when she was young.

Q:  Tell us about your home situation.

A:  I live with my grandfather who is my caregiver. I have two younger brothers. My grandfather relies on his pension and also the grant money we get. “I believe that SSP will help me in a great way to achieve my dreams … and I can be a living testimony that coming from a less fortunate background doesn’t mean that it will end there. I can also be able to help my siblings and maybe one day be able to fund their studies.”

Q:  What are your future aspirations?

A:  I would like to become a bypass surgeon to help those [who can’t lose weight] so that they can also have a longer healthy lifestyle. I would also like to have a NGO organization which helps the youth to be one step closer to achieving their dreams.  In her grandfather’s words:

Q:  Why did you encourage her to apply?

A:  I saw that she wanted to be something bigger than the ordinary. My fear was to one day tell her that she can’t be what she wants to be. “SSP sees potential in children who sometimes think they will never make it out of their current circumstances.”

IEB SSP Top Achiever: Melody Dube with 8 distictions

Melody Dube

Melody Silindinkosi Dube will soon realise her dream of studying Actuarial Science after obtaining eight subject distinctions in the IEB matric examinations. She received distinctions in English, Mathematics, Accounting, IsiZulu, Physical Science, Life Science, French and Life Orientation. She obtained 77 for Advanced Mathematics resulting in a B symbol. Described by her SPO and teachers […]

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Harvard Here We Come

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Dear Friend, SSP alumni continue to amaze.  We share with you the story of Thebe Tsatsimpe (SSP Class of 2004) and Amherst’s College alumnus who has just begun his Masters in public administration and international development at Harvard University. Thebe’s class of 70 hails from 31 countries.  As his first month of classes comes to a close, Thebe acknowledges […]

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SSP Alumni Lebogang Moerane


Lebo is an SSP Class of 2007 Alumnus. She attended Roedean School and currently works as a Chief Digital Officer and Co-owner of an ICT company. She also manages a learnerships Programme aimed at exposing youths from low income areas to the ICT sector – thereby giving them the basic tools to find employment and […]

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Open Days

SSP 2017 Open Days

Our focus for 2017 is going “Back to Basics”. We are working on strengthening our core programmes and focusing on what has made us successful over the years. The Open Days were re-launched in the first term. The Open Days are SSP’s first school days where all the partners – partner schools, parents, mentors, alumni […]

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Orientation Days

Scholar Orientation

Our year started with much enthusiasm as we hosted a four-day orientation camp for our newest recruits, SSP’s Class of 2021. At this camp, we shared more details with the scholars about SSP. They learnt about our history, values, expectations and the journey that awaited them. SSP alumni were there in numbers to share their […]

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Cwayita Kweyi aces Matric with 7 Distinctions

Cwayita Kweyi Class of 2016

Cwayita Kweyi is a determined young lady from Mdantsane in East London. She was recruited and awarded the SSP Scholarship in 2012 and was placed at Clarendon High School for the Girls. Her drive and determination led to her being awarded the scholarship and have resulted in her outstanding performance in this year’s National Senior […]

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