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Gibson Nzimande is an informal recycler, working his way though his Master’s; his dream is to become a History Lecturer and have a home.


Sandton, South Africa (25 April 2022) – Gibson Nzimande has big dreams and a dairy filled with hope. To make ends meet,  he works as an informal recycler. Gibson hopes to get off the streets and become the man he always dreamed of being.

Gibson was studying towards his Masters in History when his mother died. After the loss, he found he was unable to support himself and his studies. Some hard luck was dealt and soon Gibson found himself homeless. The experience humbled him completely and he realised not all homeless people are drug addicts and alcoholics.

Gibson had completed an honours degree in gender studies from Unisa and was working on his master’s degree from the University of Johannesburg but that has been placed on hold. Now, when he has some money to spare, he heads to local internet cafe to do research for his masters.

Recycling can earn him between R50 and R70 per day, he uses his money to buy food and to continuously apply for jobs online. He hopes that finding a better job will enable him to complete his studies and turn his life around.

He keeps his most prized possessions in a plastic bag, wrapped tightly away from the elements. Along with his degree and identity documents, he has his diary filled with his hopes for the future. With a chance, this 34-year-old man can get his life back on track and make his dreams a reality.

In a follow-up with EWN, after seeing the original article, Former University of Johannesburg Lecturer Brett Bennett reached out to support Gibson. They got him some new clothes and

If you would like to assist Gibson, you can do so via Quicket here.

Sources: EWN
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