Young Man Goes From Petrol Attendant to Lawyer, Shares Success Story

Tsatseng Rantso a hardworking South African man who worked as a petrol attendant, has shared his inspirational story of becoming a successful lawyer.

Tsatseng Rantso, is an inspirational Advocate from Ekurhuleni, South Africa. After passing his matric with remarkable results, he worked as a petrol attendant to make ends meet while studying for a Law degree at the University of Johannesburg. 

While working as a petrol attendant he faced a lot of ridicule, people told him that he was where he was because he did not study; they judged his circumstances before they knew anything. 

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Narrating his journey to success, Rantso said: 

We were not poor but we were struggling. Luckily, my matric results helped me get into university and I didn’t have to worry about fees. I enrolled at the University of Johannesburg to study Law and worked as a petrol attendant so that I could eat. No one knew that I was studying whilst I was working at the petrol station and I faced a lot of negativity.

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I obtained my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Criminal Justice and a Diploma in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Security Law from the University of Johannesburg, despite people’s negativity and judgments. I urge anyone in a similar position, to rise above the negativity and know that they are capable,” he shared in a LinkedIn post by Zoza Valentine.

Adv Tsatseng Rantsho is the Founder and Chairperson of Sgela 1st (School First), a motivational speaking and youth development organisation that educates township learners about the importance of their academics and how they can use their studies to achieve their goals.

Many social media users were inspired by his humble beginnings and touching life story. They made their feelings known in the comment section:

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Sindisiwe Thikazi replied: Well done Mr Rantso for ur remarkable story Wishing that other kids will follow on ur foot step, despite and regardless of ur circumstance situation you did nit stop your dream to be fade out with people negativity but you raise and now you are shinning. GOD 🙌 bless

Desiree Naidoo responded: “Outstanding example of pure commitment and dedication, not to let circumstance get in the way of what you want to achieve. Opportunity is there for everyone.” 

Simpiwe Tembani commented: “Super!!!!” Heather P. wrote: “A great example, an inspiration to all!!…Congratulations!!!” 

Ziphokazi Dlamini replied: “Black Butterfly shining so bright, despite all the adversity that he faced, he had an end in mind.” 

Muzi Nzama wrote: “You are an inspiration to other young people of our country. Congratulations, advocate. I wish more young people could learn from what you have done.

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Irene Govender replied: “Well done on your exceptional achievement. And for rising above all those negative comments. We live in a vicious world where us humans get pure joy of criticizing the “less privileged “…you are an inspiration to many out there young and old. Keep going!!!

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