Photo Credit: KILT

Qhamani Ralo has set off from Knysna to study Astrophysics in Cape Town; he is one step closer to his dream of becoming an Astrophysicist.


Knysna, South Africa (09 March 2023) – The Knysna Initiative for Learning and Teaching (KILT) has shared the heartwarming story of Qhamani Ralo from Khayalethu Valley whose dream of being an Astrophysicist, is about to become a reality.

KILT was established in 2016 to help build an empowered community through education and became an NPC in 2022. It was started by Ms Gill Marcus after she retired as Governor of the Reserve Bank. Knysna-based school principals approached her and asked for help with problems they faced in their schools. Together they were able to address many of the problems these schools faced. Today, KILT runs 18 projects in 17 government schools in the Knysna District.

According to the dedicated team at KILT, Qhamani Ralo is an ambitious young man. He graduated from Percy Mdala High School in Knysna, was named Valedictorian of 2022 and ended his high school career to thunderous applause, after delivering a stirring end-of-year speech to his peers.

“Just last week, this extraordinary man, a dedicated member first of our After-School Study Club and later our Scholarship Project, was placed in the top five performers in the district and earned 6 distinctions in Grade 12.

Then last week, with KILT’s nurturing and guidance, this go-getter set off for the University of Cape Town to see his Astrophysics study dreams come alive.

Qhamani, Knysna is proud of you, may you continue to be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!”

The study of Astrophysics is a branch of space science that applies the laws of physics and chemistry to seek to understand the universe and how we fit into it. Astrophysicists will study how it applies to birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe, according to

Sources: KILT – Supplied /
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