Frank Magwegwe: A success story of hope, resilience and determination

At the age of 20, Frank Magwegwe lost his first job as a barman at Kirkwood Hotel after he was caught drinking on the job.

He then made a decision to look for greener pastures away from the villages of Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape.

Magwegwe left Port Elizabeth with R72 in his pocket, enough to get him to Bloemfotein. Arriving in that city without money and a place to stay, Magwegwe found himself sleeping in the streets of Bloemfontein.

After two weeks he got a job in a fish and chips outlet and saved enough money to get him to Johannesburg "the city of gold".

My goal when I was in PE was to get to Johannesburg

Frank Magwegwe, Executive at Momentum

I got to Joburg, very excited I'm in a big city. I had the address for my aunt in downtown Joburg and really had a sense of the opportunities unlimited. Little did i know that I was going to face a second stint ...

Frank Magwegwe, Executive at Momentum

After six weeks of being in Johannesburg Magwegwe says he found himself in the streets again scavenging for food. He says he had hope that everything will be OK.

While on the streets of Joburg, Magwegwe befriended Evelyn a woman who was selling fruits and vegetables on the pavements.

Magwegwe started helping Evelyn with packing her fruits at the end of the day, and in turn she payed him with a meal or money. He saved R50 from the money he was getting from Evelyn and started selling his own fruits and vegetables.

What I saw was that everyone is selling the same thing here, I am going to be different by simply selling mixed fruits and mixed vegetables.

Frank Magwegwe, Executive at Momentum

Couple of weeks from starting that I employed another person... 8 weeks or so there were 2 people working for me

Frank Magwegwe, Executive at Momentum

Magwegwe met Mrs Zimmerman at the Joburg library who advised him on how to get a bursary to study at Wits University. After getting into Wits Magwegwe carried on studying obtaining a BSc in Statistics and Actuarial Science and a Masters degree from University of Pretoria.

Today, Frank Magwegwe holds a senior position at one of the country‘s top financial services providers.

Listen to Frank Magwegwe's inspirational story below:


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