At the age of 15, Tapiwa Shendelane is the youngest engineering student at the University of the Witwatersrand ever.
She received six distinctions in matric and believes age is nothing but a number – she goes to classes alongside her 19-year-old peers and interacts happily with them, she says.
Tapiwa, who is from Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, is one of three 15 year olds at the university. She initially wanted to study medicine but changed her mind at the beginning of January. Engineering really challenges her, she says.
Her aim is to build her own engineering firm that employs others, so creating work. And she wants to take this expertise back to Mpumalanga, bringing much-needed development to her community.
Her advice to her peers is: have goals, believe in yourself, and education brings success.
Watch Tapiwa talk about her life: