Photo Credit: Inge-Marne Coetzee

Inge-Marne met spunky and sassy student Akhona and was inspired to change her life; Akhona earned herself a bursary but needed a helping hand to get set up.


Johannesburg, South Africa (11 August 2020) – Inge-Marne and her housekeeper Lydia have been the catalysts in a life changed forever! Lydia took in her niece Akhona after her beloved sister passed away two years ago.

For those two years, Akhona worked hard at school and had a big dream to study and tell African stories. Lydia could see she had the drive to succeed so she approached Inge with Akhona’s CV and asked for help in finding work.

“Meet Akhona. She is sassy, smart and extremely motivated.

A month ago, she had only ever dreamed about studying.

Today, that dream is finally coming true and no one is more deserving than her…

Akhona hasn’t had an easy life. She lost her mom 2 years ago. That’s when she came to Joburg to live with her aunt. That very same aunt has been in our family for years, working as our housekeeper. In an attempt to help Akhona, her aunt handed me her CV. That’s when I realised her undiscovered potential. . .

She is a natural-born writer who loves reading, writing and learning. She graduated high-school with both a B for Afrikaans and English. Living in a township, Akhona is passionate about telling African stories and changing the narrative of her own life.”

Inge loved what she saw and invited Akhona to become her intern. The pair worked well together and Akhona managed to earn herself a bursary thanks to Red & Yellow Creative School of Business and Trusted Interns. She is now a student at one of the top advertising schools in SA! Inge has been so proud of her efforts and wanted to help Akhona with everything she will need to be a student in this new world.


Lockdown has meant many students have migrated to a digital space where learning is done online. Akhona is not prepared for this style of learning as she lives in a township and things like wifi and new laptops are not survival priorities.

Inge set up a crowdfund on BackaBuddy to raise the funds needed so that Akhona can have a phone and laptop which will connect her to her classes. She also wants to get Akhona a proper pair of reading glasses so she can work without straining her eyes.

Inge is also raising the money so that Akhona can continue to travel to her home where she can access electricity and wifi daily.

“With online classes being the norm these days, Akhona is not currently equipped for them. I am fundraising in an attempt to cover some of her basic costs. Our wish-list for her includes smaller items like her own phone and enough transport money to cover a year (so that she can continue working from my home) to bigger things like reading glasses and laptop of her very own to complete assignments.

Come graduation, she will be the first in her family to have graduated.  This will literally change her life as well as those of Akhona’s siblings. More importantly, it will send a message of hope to others like her during a time when South Africans need it the most.”

Their goal is to raise R35 000.00 and they are so close. The crowdfunding has raised R 25 325.23 so far thanks to 26 people. Her dreams of being a student and studying are well within her reach now.

If you would like to help them become a reality, you can donate here.


Source: Inge Coetzee / BackaBuddy
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