At just 21 Sikholiwe Mdletshe has already achieved so much; she’s combined her academic career with her sports career and excels at both.
This young student and athlete from the Free State just completed an accounting degree and is planning to pursue another degree to become a chartered accountant. Along with the academic points she’s scored, Mdletshe is also a point scorer on the court. She’s currently the captain of the South African under-21 Netball Team, and says that obtaining her BComm while serving as captain was a particular moment of pride. She became the first black captain of the University of Free State netball team in 2020, but Mdletshe does not plan to stop racking up the achievements: she’s also received her first call-up to the national Proteas netball team training camp.
It’s her motto “my age is not a factor” that has kept her pushing to always do her best. Mdletshe is also a firm believer in trusting the process. She says people may have to endure hardships and don’t understand why their plans don’t work out, but in the future they may understand why.
Mdletshe hopes that her achievements will help to change the mind-sets of other youths. In particular she wants to help young people believe that no matter what box people put them in and no matter what background they come from, they can be and do whatever they want. Mdletshe says she hopes to give young people the tools and guidance to realise their ambitions.