From university to career in South Africa: Meet Maphuti Setati

This is the second in a three-part series highlighting our Dell Young Leaders who have continued their journey from university to career. In the series, we will share videos of three young leaders who are working full-time and thriving after university. In the videos, they share their personal stories, insights, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. We hope they inspire you the same way they inspire us every day. Click here to read the full series

Maphuti grew up in the rural village of Ga-Mamadila outside Polokwane in Limpopo. To get to school, he and his four brothers had to cross two rivers. Right after he started high school, Maphuti lost both his mother and his father, and worked hard to manage his schoolwork, help with cooking, cleaning, and household management, and support his younger siblings with their school work and other needs.  

After finishing high school, Maphuti could not afford to apply to university and instead began to teach himself graphic design, and got a job helping to produce websites. After earning enough money, Maphuti applied to university and to the Dell Young Leaders program. At university, Maphuti continued to be the sole breadwinner at home and was supporting his two younger brothers through school and university by developing websites for small businesses in his spare time.   

For Maphuti, being a Dell Young Leader is about serving as a role model to others. Maphuti is often asked to advise young learners from his community on how to apply to university and succeed to graduation. He is also a mentor to many students on the Dell Young Leaders program.  

Meet Maphuti, a young leader in South Africa: