Zwoluga Mutangwa was born and raised in Tshidimbini in Limpopo, a rural setting which would foreshadow his future endeavours. A diligent student, he attended Wits University in Johannesburg before being financially and academically excluded, forcing him to return home. However, Mutangwa is an enterprising individual and what might have disheartened others only emboldened him. Upon returning to Limpopo, he began a company called Helen Frutas n Vegetal. It started small, with Mutangwa planting green peppers that he began supplying to outlets such as Spar, but it quickly grew. Thanks to some funding from a friend, Mutangwa has founded his own poultry farm with 200 chickens that provide eggs to local households and vendors.
The business aims to become a community pillar. Mutangwa says: “I would love to employ university dropouts, drug users and ex-convicts. Many people fall into those groups, and giving them opportunities to rejuvenate their lives so they are able to feed their own families would be my best wish for this country.”
In 2018 Mutangwa collaborated with his friend Vusani Neguyuni to write Final Solutions: a mathematics guide for Grade 12 learners, specifically aimed at students in rural areas. His passion for his community and for mathematics drove him to create the guide, which has been used across provinces to aid teachers. As of 2020, Mutangwa is working as an assistant teacher at Tshidimbini Secondary School, where he aims to directly impact rural students’ understanding of mathematics and, as a result, their futures.