Thabo Msibi

Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Born in the rural village of Ntabamhlophe in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, Msibi realised the value of education at a young age. Nicknamed Thishomkhulu (meaning principal) by the villagers because of his love for gathering children in the neighbourhood to play school with him, he seemed destined for a life of teaching. Msibi received an honours degree in education ( cum laude) but this was just the first step for this 26-yearold in attaining his goals. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his master's at Columbia University and he received the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD at Cambridge. He also founded the Community Development Association, a studentdriven community outreach project that has over 11 different projects reaching hundreds of schools across KwaZulu-Natal. And that puts him one step closer to improving the quality of education in the country. � Liesl Venter

Lunch spot: Anywhere will do as long as they serve prawns and no vegetables