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Begotten Sun throws lifeline to poor wizkids

For Zhakata, a former vendor at Murewa Bus Terminus, the attainment of a degree was a dream comes true.

AN act of good faith that started on social networking site Twitter which gave birth to the formation of a movement to help Ranga Zhakata from Kambarami has yielded fruits after Zhakata recently qualified with an Honours Degree in Actuarial Science.

The movement, the brainchild of businessman and musician Kuda “Begotten Sun” Musasiwa has grown to be one of the biggest humanitarian social media groups, with almost 100 members taking care of vulnerable children at tertiary institutions.

For Zhakata, a former vendor at Murewa Bus Terminus, the attainment of a degree was a dream comes true.

The 24-year-old was born in Seke, but grew up in Murewa where he attended primary and secondary school with the support of her mother and aunt.

However, after A’ Level, Zhakata was left with a huge school fees bill, which was cleared after the intervention of Musasiwa.

Musasiwa, who also refers to himself as “vendor-in-chief”, assisted Zhakata at university before he successfully applied for a Lafarge bursary.

“I want to thank Mr Musasiwa and his friends for coming to my rescue when the chips were down,” Zhakata said.

“I am happy that I have attained a degree, something I desired so much.

“I would want to extend my gratitude to Lafarge who assisted me financially and gave me the opportunity to work as a graduate trainee.”

Zhakata said he was now job hunting with the hope of raising capital to boost his electronic business.

“I am selling laptops, cell phones and accessories, a business that I started three years ago before I partnered with my friend Tawanda Tapfumaneyi,” he said.

Zhakata said he was looking forward to studying for CFA professional qualifications.

He encouraged beneficiaries of Musasiwa’s initiative to use the support to good use. Musasiwa said he was targeting vulnerable young people, especially those working as vendors and house maids, who excelled at high school, but were struggling to enroll at tertiary colleges due to financial constraints.

“Ranga was a vendor just like me and he had 20 points at 'A' level which shows he is brilliant,” said Musasiwa.

“An act of kindness and helping people we don’t know might just change the world.”

Zhakata said he will also join Musasiwa and reach out to those who are disadvantaged in communities.

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