Wame Boitshepho Nchabeleng, 17 years
of age, from Mmabatho in the North West
Province is a first-year BSc Civil Engineering
student enrolled at Wits University.
What drew you to Civil Engineering?
What did you hope to learn?
I always took an interest in how things are built,
particularly iconic landmarks such as the tallest
building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. In
Saudi Arabia, there is another currently being
built that will be the new tallest building upon
completion. I’m also fascinated by the tallest
bridge in the world, Millau Viaduct in France. It
is truly amazing! I take an interest in the artistic
aspects of the industry; it’s especially exciting
to see your work come to life with prototypes.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many fascinating
buildings in South Africa, but I plan on being the
first to create a cool building which will make a
mark on South Africa’s landscape.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve
learnt in your curriculum this semester?
My most interesting subject has got to be
physics. It’s also been a challenging and
fascinating experience being able to use a
computer for the first time. I really have learned
so much and look forward to learning a lot
If you hadn’t been awarded your SANRAL
bursary, what do you think you’d be doing
this year? What was the back-up plan?
Had SANRAL not funded me, my mother was
planning on leaving her job in order to use her
pay-out to fund my studies. I didn’t want her
to do this, as my younger siblings need to eat
and be educated as well, but there really wasn’t
an alternative. I’m more than relieved that she
didn’t have to resign and that I’ll soon be able to
help out at home. I want to thank my parents for
being so supportive. Had my mother not helped
me with the bursary application, I wouldn’t be
here. I also appreciate the assistance I received
from my bursary administrator at SANRAL,
What does your SANRAL bursary pay for
other than your tuition?
Besides tuition, the bursary covers food,
accommodation, textbooks and a basic