Photo Credit: Supplied

As long as you are willing to work for your dreams, you can make anything happen – which is what Jerano learned in his Grade 11 year; now, his university dream is becoming a reality.


Jamestown, South Africa (17 February 2021) – Ranyaka, meaning “to pursue” is an organisation that works to uplift communities by creating opportunities for towns and their municipalities to work together. Their goal is to address socio-economic issues at the source.

It was through a project that the organisation met Jerano Williams from Grondves Farm, just outside Jamestown. Jerano was in Grade 11 at the time and expressed his dream of studying at Stellenbosch University and becoming a proud Matie.

Unfortunately, Jerano’s marks were not good, and it would mean some extra hard work to get him on par with other university hopefuls. Thankfully the team believed in his abilities and decided to invest in his dream.

“A call was put out on Facebook to anyone who would be able to assist in financially contributing toward tutoring sessions for Jerano, and the community came together to help. With the help of the amazing tutors at Abakus Math and Science Enrichment, Jerano was able to increase his marks and pass his senior certificate with flying colours!”

Jerano is proof that as long as you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. He completed his bridging course, the SchiMathUS programme at Stellenbosch University and will now go on to completing his BSC Degree in Agriculture.

“The road ahead is still a difficult one, funding still needs to be secured and other challenges need to be overcome, but we are so proud of what Jerano has achieved in these 3 years.” – Amy Leveldal, Stakeholder and Relationship Manager at Ranyaka

If there is anyone else wanting to assist Jenaro in any way, please contact Amy at

Sources: Supplied
Don’t ever miss the Good Things. Download the Good Things Guy App now on Apple or Google
Have something to add to this story? Please share it in the comments or follow GoodThingsGuy on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with good news as it happens or share your good news with us by clicking here
Click the link below to listen to the Good Things Guy Podcast, with Brent Lindeque – South Africa’s very own Good Things Guy. He’s on a mission to change what the world pays attention to, and he truly believes that there’s good news all around us. In the Good Things Guy podcast, you’ll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories:
Or watch an episode of Good Things TV below, a show created to offer South Africans balance in a world with what feels like constant bad news. We’re here to remind you that there are still so many good things happening in South Africa & we’ll hopefully leave you feeling a little more proudly South African.

Facebook Comments

Tyler Leigh Vivier
About the Author

Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *