Besides having a full-time job as a nursing lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), supervising master’s students and being part of a nursing research committee, Tshiamo Ramalepa still finds time for his other passion — soccer.
Ramalepa holds a master’s degree in nursing and his PhD thesis — which he submitted for examination in May — is in the field of reproductive health. He submitted his final thesis for his PhD just a month after he turned 30, fulfilling a personal goal to obtain a PhD at 30, a proud moment in his life.
Another of his proudest moments stems from a different aspect of his busy life: managing the Brits Soccer Academy, where he is also a coach. Last year, Ramalepa led 15 boys from the Brits Soccer Academy to Manchester, England to participate in the English Super Cup. The team came back with silver medals from their first European tour.
Ramalepa also runs his own sports company, called Zone 45 Sports. The company not only organises soccer tournaments, development programmes and scouts for talent, but also assists soccer players to get into university. For the 2021 academic year he has assisted seven soccer players who will be studying at the University of Johannesburg and Tshwane University of Technology.
“I want to see more soccer players enrolling and completing higher education qualifications, while they chase their unpredictable soccer dreams,” he says.
His goal is to see more underprivileged young people getting any post-school qualification that they can use as a stepping stone to achieve a university qualification in order to secure their future.