Democratising education in South Africa is the task Lebogang Diale has set himself. As the cofounder and executive director of Gradesmatch, an ed-tech company using big data and artificial intelligence to create tools and technologies, Diale is helping young people and their families to make good decisions regarding their careers. His goal is to enable the journey from education to employment or entrepreneurship so young people can improve their prospects and realise their dreams. Diale completed a business science degree and followed it up with an engineering bachelor’s in electro-mechanical engineering, both from the University of Cape Town. He says his proudest achievement is seeing how Gradesmatch was able to assist thousands of students in 2020, and has grown from supporting 34 students in 2018 to more than 7 000 three years later. He is passionate about solving problems that will have an impact on people’s lives for decades to come.
I want to create a blueprint for the township to transform into the future self it needs to be.