For most of our bursary students, the first priority after graduating is to find a job. That was not the case for Loyiso Tunce, who beaome the first of our students to complete a postgraduate qualification when he recently finished his Masters course in Town Planning at Wits University in Johannesburg. On his recent return to Masiphumelele he caught up
with Masicorp to inform us of his progress.
Masicorp has a long history with Loyiso having first met him in 2003 at a time when Masiphumelele had a middle school. Masicorp helped Loyiso to obtain a place at Fish Hoek High School, and although he initially found the new learning environment very challenging he eventually settled in. He was a keen cross country runner and ran for the school in many events across the Western Cape as well as learning new sports, such as cricket, for the first time. With the help of sponsors in the United States he became a keen reader of English literature, starting with classics such as Treasure Island and moving onto more modern material such as the Harry Potter series. In return for the books he wrote back to his sponsors in the States and tried to explain the basics of cricket to them. Clearly he relishes a challenge.
Loyiso went on to become one of our very first university bursary students and soon completed a BSc (hons) in Geography at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). For his postgraduate study Loyiso decided to move north and stayed with his uncle in Johannesburg, while he studied at Wits University. The city of Johannesburg has a very different atmosphere to the laid back tourist culture of Cape Town, and the culture and vibrancy of the city is something he was keen to experience before returning to Masiphumelele.
Loyiso worked briefly as a research assistant at Wits after he completed the course, and is now looking for similar work in Cape Town. However, his real passion is still study and he is keen to push himself one step further by enrolling for a PhD if the opportunity arises. Here is hoping that we can one day be writing about the first Masicorp bursary student to receive a doctorate.