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Boy's dream comes true

By Penwell Dlamini | Jun 21, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AFTER months of waiting Luvo Gila finally jetted off to the US for an international conference.

AFTER months of waiting Luvo Gila finally jetted off to the US for an international conference.

Gila, 18, will be representing South Africa in the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC. He left on Saturday and will spend 21 days in the US.

Gila was selected from many South African youths on his academic excellence and competence more than a month ago. But he did not have the R120 000 to pay for his flight, accommodation and registration fees.

After Sowetan published his story on April 6 a local businessman paid all Gila's expenses.

On Friday the eloquent Gila met with President Jacob Zuma, who wished him well before his trip.

"At the conference I'd like to learn and experience as much as I can - things I will come and share with my peers. Words cannot express the excitement I have for this opportunity.

"I'm also grateful to Sowetan for helping me find a sponsor for the trip. The sponsorship means that South Africans care and that there are people who care about the future of this country," Gila said.

His mother, Phumla, was also ecstatic.

"The whole thing is humbling," she said. "It is good to be exposed to another side of black entrepreneurs.

"I don't have words to thank Sowetan and Otto for what they did for us."

Otto Moswane of Double Ring Logistics teamed up with another company, Rainmaker, to make Gila's dream come true.

"We just thought a it was important that as business we should impact on other people's lives," Moswane said.

"We have to support the leaders of tomorrow. This trip will give him exposure."


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