Tsogo Alumni Society

Tsogo High/Secondary School Alumni – NPO Registration No.053-952-NPO

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Alumni Profile: Gabisile Simelane (Tsogo 1996)

Alumni Profile of  Violet Gabisile Similane

I started at Tsogo High School in grade 7 in 1991 and matriculated in 1996. Earlier I attended Manamelong Primary School in Winterveld. I went on to further my studies at Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg). First completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Geology. Followed by an Honor’s degree in Science majoring in Geology. I then completed a Master of Science degree specialising in Geochemistry and Geochronology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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Alumni Profile: Kgomotso Sekhute (Tsogo 1986)

Kgomotso Sekhute (Tsogo 1986)

Kgomotso Sekhute (Tsogo 1986)

Alumni Profile of Kgomotso Grace Sekhute. Now proudly Kgomotso, since my conversion days at Varsity!

I started at Tsogo High School in 1983 and matriculated in 1986. Earlier, I attended Nong Primary School in Mabopane and remember fondly how my dad would walk me to school in winter go tshela nokana! I studied at the University of the Witwatersrand first (BA Social Sciences) and proceeded to Medunsa (Now University of Limpopo for my post graduation studies. I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1995. In 2002 I completed the Programme in Business Leadership, with UNISA School of Business Leadership.

Currently, I head up the Talent Management Centre of Excellence for Rand Merchant Bank. My role is fascinating because it entails constantly finding innovative ways of attracting, developing and retaining top talent.

Before this role I consulted to a range of Public and Private sector organisations as a Human Capital management specialist (1999 and 2010), where I was involved in several diversity/transformation, leadership development and change management initiatives.

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Alumni Profile: Keamogetsoe Maroo (Tsogo 2002)

Keamogetswe Ipeleng Maroo (Tsogo 2002)

Keamogetswe Ipeleng Maroo (Tsogo 2002)

Alumni Profile of  Keamogetsoe Ipeleng Maroo

I started grade 7 at Tsogo High School in 1997 and matriculated in 2002. Earlier I attended Modiselle Primary School in Ga-Rankuwa, my mother was a teacher there. I got my BSc. Eng in Bio-resources/Agricultural Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. I am currently undertaking post graduate studies in MSc. Eng Process Engineering with Stellenbosch University and also undertaking studies for Award in Theology through the Theological Education by Extension College.

Currently, I work for the Agricultural Research Council-Institute for Agricultural Engineers (ARC-IAE) where I conduct research and integrate engineering principles in Renewable Energy applications. My research area is biofuels, particularly developing sustainable methods of biodiesel production.

I am also involved in a few initiatives to promote engineering as a desirable career path for high school girls also to support and encourage university students who are enrolled in the engineering faculty.

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Alumni Profile: Tshepo Kgobe (Tsogo 1991)

Tshepo Kgobe (Tsogo 1991)

Tshepo Kgobe (Tsogo 1991)

Alumni Profile of Tshepo Patrick Kgobe

When did you start and finish at Tsogo?

Started in 1986 and matriculated in 1991

Where did you do your other schooling?

I started Mpho Primary in block C(Grade 1), Then went to Matsepa in Block B (Grade 2,3 and 4), then completed my last two years of primary with Ntsie in Block C (Grade 5 and 6) all in Mabopane. The reason for this moving around was my father being an educator was always looking for the best benefit for his kids in education and discipline.

What further education institutions did you attend?

I went University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN) Westville campus (B.Sc. Civil Engineering) and UKZN Durban campus (Post graduate diploma in business management).

What do you currently do?

I have Multiple roles at the current moment and that is the way I like it, I am Executive Director at Hatch Africa, I am responsible for Business development, Transformation and Black Economic Empowerment, I am also responsible for Corporate Social Investments, I still remain fully involved in core business which is EPCM projects.

I enjoy what I do because it allows me to do what I cherish the most in life and that is to see people develop to their full potential. Africa can only start to grow when Africa develops its key resource “People”. The job also allows me to be reminded everyday of the greatest principle of success “Gratitude”.

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Alumni Profile: Omphile Modibela (Tsogo 1999)

Omphile Modibela (Tsogo 1999)

Omphile Modibela (Tsogo 1999)

Alumni Profile of Omphile Modibela, was also known as Spookie and Miss G.

I started at Tsogo High School in 1995 in standard 5 (Grade 7) and finished my matric in 1999. Earlier, I attended Isaac Mokwena Primary School in Mothotlung. Further I went on to attend Wits University (2000 -2004) where I obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering then Unisa (2006-2010) where I have just recently obtained my LLB degree.

Currently, I am working at an Intellectual Property Law firm, Spoor & Fisher, as a candidate patent attorney. I expect to be admitted as an attorney before the end of the year, where after I will be a qualified patent attorney. My job mainly involves obtaining patent protection for inventions (mainly inventions in the pharmaceutical, chemical, metallurgical, agricultural, paper industries) in South Africa and internationally, identifying whether certain products or processes are protected by way of patents, and if so, advising on the validity of such patents and whether clients can launch a product or processes without infringing such patents. On other occasions I have also been involved in Intellectual Property audits and due diligence.

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