Against all odds: Tsatseng Rantso from being a petrol attendant to an Advocate


Meet – Tsatseng Rantso, inspirational Advocate from Daveyton in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. After passing his matric with remarkable results, he worked as a petrol attendant to make ends meet while studying towards a Law degree at the University of Johannesburg.
While working as a petrol attendant he faced a lot of ridicule, people told him that he was where he was because he did not study; they judged his circumstances before they knew anything.
“We were not poor but we were struggling. Luckily, my matric results helped me get into university and I didn’t have to worry about fees. I enrolled at the University of Johannesburg to study Law and worked as a petrol attendant so that I could eat. No one knew that I was studying whilst I was working at the petrol station and I faced a lot of negativity.”
“I obtained my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Criminal Justice and a Diploma in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Security Law from the University of Johannesburg, despite people’s negativity and judgments. I urge anyone in a similar position, to rise above the negativity and know that they are capable,” said Advocate Rantso.
Advocate Tsatseng Rantsho is the Founder and Chairperson of Sgela 1st (School First), a motivational speaking and youth development organisation that educates township learners about the importance of their academics and how they can use their studies to achieve their goals.
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