The Mandela School of Science & Technology opened its doors earlier this year. It is located in Mvezo, birthplace of the man whose name it proudly bears. Until now this rural area of the Eastern Cape had precious few opportunities for those hoping to qualify for higher education.
More than 700 pupils from the area can now look forward to attending college after graduation. A quarter of all South Africans are currently out of work, half of them aged between 18 and 25 - with no qualifications.