Diketso Setho is a self-taught IT programmer. He says his childhood struggles have never deterred his spirit to understand information technology and mingle with the crème de la crème of the digital world. As the founder of GH Mall, an online shopping portal, Setho has given township businesses the opportunity to sell their products online, creating a space where people are able to support local businesses online and hassle-free. He says the biggest surprise of his journey so far is “being able to inspire a lot of people when they find out that I am a self-taught coder with no qualifications, teaching coding and creating new start-ups without funding”. Setho’s ambition is to disrupt the status quo so that South Africans can become computer literate and benefit more from the digital revolution.
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