Get inspired by Skumbuzo Nkuta, a kasi nerd

For my next feature of #MindsoftheYouth I had a great conversation with Skumbuzo Nkuta. I personally admire his growth mindset, hunger for knowledge and humility.

Listening to his personal life and professional journey from being a kasi nerd to achieving his grade nine dream, epitomises black excellence at its best.

The founder of @ReadaBookSA and author of Kasi Nerd, Tebogo Ditshego once said in his book, intelligence is cool and being a nerd is sexy #IntellectualSwag. See below our conversation, I hope it inspires you to be the best version of yourself in these trying times.

Tell me about your upbringing and where you come from?

I am from Katlehong. I was raised by a single mother and she was big on education.

I am the eldest of about 10 children. I grew up with my cousins at my grandparents’ house until my mother got her own place at Buhle Park in Germiston.

I started my primary school at Umkhathizwe in Thokoza and went to high school at Rondebult in Germiston.

This is a period where I started to immerse myself in reading books.

It was my way of life between grade 8 until I finished my matric. I remember in matric I entered a reading competition; I won that competition and got R3000.

During my matric year, in 2010, I was the best performing learner at my school. I received 6 distinctions and was fortunate enough to get a bursary from Peermont Education Trust to study for a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences at Wits University. By the end of grade 9 I knew I wanted to be a Chartered Accountant (CA).

To people who don’t know you how would you describe yourself?

I am family oriented, talkative, opinionated, open minded and goal driven.

What do you do for a living?

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA)SA and I am currently a Business Performance Manager at TymeBank.

Before COVID-19 what were your plans and are you still pursuing them?

Before COVID-19 I was looking for new and challenging roles to broaden my skills that is why I joined TymeBank. The interview process took place during the lockdown’s early days.

What is your philosophy of life?

Do good, and more good will come in to your life. I am because you are, and you are because I am. Treat everyone with respect regardless of their status in life.

What are you willing to struggle for?

A good legacy of black excellence.

What did you enjoy in school and what were your favourite subjects?

I enjoyed reading and my favourite subjects were Accounting and Mathematics.

What are you most proud of in your life thus far?

My career growth and achieving that CA(SA) title, it has been an amazing and humbling experience.

Do you have a favourite quote?

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

What do you consider the most important job in your life?

Being a dad to my son Vusumuzi and to be the best dad that I can be. I hold this job title in high regard.

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