Launch Township Students to GED & College

by Infinite Family
Launch Township Students to GED & College
Launch Township Students to GED & College
Launch Township Students to GED & College
Launch Township Students to GED & College
May 25, 2022

Meet Zinzo Tebe, Agent of Change (and Currency)

Zinzo Tebe Studying Online in Khayelitsha
Zinzo Tebe Studying Online in Khayelitsha

You sent Zinzo Tebe* back to school and he’s thrilled with the challenge!

Zinzo Tebe has juggled his passions for inspiring young people in his community and numbers since graduating from high school in 2012. He’s also one of those guys that “figures things out” and never shirks from a challenge.  Over the past decade, he has flexed his entrepreneurial energy in many directions including managing one of Khayelitsha’s first café’s, starting a Saturday school to tutor 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in math, science and English, running an online literacy program in local schools – and becoming the local “IT guy” after teaching himself how to keep the administrators’ office printers and other equipment online and running strong.

The only thing it seemed he couldn’t achieve, was advancing in his formal education. It’s not that he didn’t want to. In fact, he completed two short adult development courses in Leadership and Education, but obtaining the qualifications that would allow him to really advance his career remained out of reach. Then Covid hit. The uncertainty and job losses all around him only strengthened his resolve to keep working to help support his family. Stopping work to attend college away from home just wasn’t a practical choice. Rather than waking up brimming with opportunity, Zinzo was starting to feel his world, and future beginning to shrink.

That is, until Infinite Family invited him to be part of the online university pilot program that you made sure started this year. Now, Zinzo is working diligently, after work, to complete his first official accounting course online. By the middle of next year, he will have his bookkeeping qualifications and be firmly on track to achieve his goal of becoming a Financial Expert who can assist individuals and business to also achieve their financial goals via investment opportunities tailored to their needs.

Zinzo distinguished himself as a good candidate for Infinite Family’s online education pilot by demonstrating a passion for numbers and details and through his ability to focus despite distractions all around. While he is happy not to have to travel away from home and his community, he does admit that online learning has its challenges, “I am required to be disciplined, make reading every day a normal part of my routine, and focus even more intently on how I communicate via email and written documents.” 

He has, however, surprised himself in finding new strengths within himself including persistence, self-confidence and an even stronger streak of independence. He is thankful to YOU for giving him the opportunity to study online as it has, “allowed me to refine my critical thinking skills, while adding flexibility and self-paced learning that I would not be able to do otherwise.” You can be sure we are watching Zinzo closely – every NGO needs a good bookkeeper!

We are deeply grateful to you for believing in our Net Blazers and investing in their education. Your support is increasing their knowledge and skills each week by bringing college courses right into the communities where they live and work.

Thank you.


*Zinzo Tebe was pleased to be asked to share his story and approved the disclosure of his full name and photo.


Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Infinite Family

Location: Dunkeld West, Johannesburg - South Africa
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @infinitefamily
Project Leader:
Zoleka Maphalala
Dunkeld West, Johannesburg South Africa
$8,073 raised of $10,000 goal
79 donations
$1,927 to go
Donate Now
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Infinite Family has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.