I'm Thekiso Khanye
Thekiso Khanye was born in Standerton, a small town in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. He is a Sesotho speaking individual whose parents both originate from Vrede in the Free State Province.
He grew up in a loving home under the stern leadership of his father Moeketsi Khanye, and also the love and discipline of his mother Nkhokeng Khanye. It is safe to say that they are the reason why he is who he is today. He attended Standerton Primary School, where he gained a reputation as an academic, athlete, a cultural choir member for a few years, and a frequent actor in school drama productions.
In 2006 he left his hometown to attend high school in Secunda, at Highveld Park High. In his first year there, he received an award for being in the top three mathematics students in Grade 8. He was also selected as one of three newcomers who played for the Highveld Park Under 19 soccer team. This happened during his year as a junior while in Grades 8 and 9.
In 2008 he returned to finish his schooling career in his hometown, at Hoerskool Standerton. He completed his matric in 2010, and then attended the Midrand Graduate Institute to complete his BSc Computer Science Degree. He absolutely enjoyed his varsity years and this is where his thinking was provoked and his exposure to the “bigger world” met him. This is where he gave birth to many of his innovations, including JEETA, which is a social entity that aims to combat social issues and challenges for the benefit of the society.
Thekiso has many passions, and these ensure that he never lets his losses get the better of him; he uses these losses for personal growth and for the benefit of his vision for tomorrow. He is passionate about people, and he loves sport. He is all about reading and writing. He loves the art and skills that contribute to business analysis, business intelligence, business development, data analysis and technology innovations. He is passionate about human development. He loves family, and collaborating for a bigger purpose. He loves life and the pursuit thereof. He loves positive thinking and positive initiatives.
Thekiso looks up to many individuals, from whom he aims to learn; he would like to become more like these people, in one way or another. His heroes are his mom and dad.
He values the late Abuti June, who taught him the value of appreciating life’s moments and, indeed, life as a whole. He and Abuti used to watch football games together when Thekiso was merely a six-year-old. They continued to do so until Abuti June passed away.
He values his grandmother, who taught him the essence of finishing what one begins.
His teachers, Mrs Breet, Mr van Vuuren, Mrs Dunbar, Mrs Prinsloo, Mr Swart, Mr Venter, Miss Coetzee, Mr Omonijo, and Mrs Kriek, and many of his seniors throughout his schooling career, inspired him to be who he wanted to be.
Some of the teachers have now passed, but they will never be forgotten. He owes a lot to his virtual mentors, who shaped his thoughts into actions: Steven Furtick, T. D. Jakes, Keion Henderson, Ed Mylett, Tom Bilyeu, Gerard Adams, Craig Groeschel, Dharius Daniels, Tony Robbins, Floyd Mayweather, Oprah Winfrey, Napoleon Hill, Joyce Meyer, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Todd, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi – the list is a long one.