Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Senior Research Scientist, CSIR

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, who grew up in the rural heart
of Venda, says he learnt courage from his mother,
a teacher, on their long daily walk to school and back.
In high school he entered science expos from grade 8 and,
despite his father's wish for him to become a doctor, found
his true passion in science. He now has a BSc and a PhD in
electrical engineering from Wits.
Nelwamondo was a post-doctoral fellow in the Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard university and
the youngest South African recipient of the Harvard-
South Africa fellowship. Believing in giving back to the
community he is a member of a group that goes to Soweto
on Saturday mornings to teach maths and give career
advice to learners. He also sponsors fi nancial awards to
learners in his village who excel in maths and science.
"I don't believe in living for myself. I believe in living life
to make sure I contribute to making someone else's life
better,� he says. � Tarryn Harbour

Lunch spot: Barrington's, Killarney, Johannesburg