Hardworking Young man Goes From Fuel Pump Attendant to Successful Advocate Despite the hard beginning
Tsatseng Rantso, inspirational Advocate from Daveyton in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. After passing his matric with remarkable results, he worked as a petrol attendant to make ends meet while studying towards a Law degree at the University of Johannesburg.
While working as a petrol attendant he faced a lot of ridicule, people told him that he was where he was because he did not study; they judged his circumstances before they knew anything.
“We were not poor but we were struggling. Luckily, my matric results helped me get into university and I didn’t have to worry about fees. I enrolled at the University of Johannesburg to study Law and worked as a petrol attendant so that I could eat. No one knew that I was studying whilst I was working at the petrol station and I faced a lot of negativity.”
“I obtained my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Criminal Justice and a Diploma in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Security Law from the University of Johannesburg, despite people’s negativity and judgments. I urge anyone in a similar position, to rise above the negativity and know that they are capable,” said Advocate Rantso.
Adv Tsatseng Rantsho is the Founder and Chairperson of Sgela 1st (School First), a motivational speaking and youth development organisation that educates township learners about the importance of their academics and how they can use their studies to achieve their goals.”
Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing.
Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA).
After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe.
In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback.
As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa.
Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation.
Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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