Oliver Kongo – The Opportunist

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

In a place where little opportunity exists, Oliver Kongo has created his own path and goes above and beyond to create and seize opportunities. This Durban scholar uses his past experiences to uplift the young people in his community and shares his story with us.

Oliver Kongo

The Opportunist

“I grew up in a place that didn’t have a lot of opportunities, so I created my own, ” says 23 year-old Oliver, who embodies what it means to be young in South Africa. “You need to be a go-getter. South Africa is brimming with potential and it is up to the youth to make the best of these opportunities.”

Because of Oliver’s positive outlook, his life is bearing the fruit of opportunities seized and today, he is able to adapt to any situation. As a self-motivated individual, he is willing to do whatever it takes in order to achieve success – from dancing and acting to modeling – he has tried it all.

“I chose to become a mentor as part of SAB’s 18+ Be The Mentor campaign, because it’s not far removed from what I am currently doing and it is something that I am passionate about, ” he says. “I grew up without anyone to guide me, I had to learn to get it right the first time and I want to be the mentor to those in a similar situation”.

From creating his own dance group in Pietermaritzburg which aims to help kids in his community stay out of trouble, to excelling in school through determination and positivity, Oliver is motivated by the desire to make a difference in our country.

Oliver believes that the Be The Mentor campaign will make a difference. “I have had friends that lost their lives too soon in car accidents and other alcohol-related incidents. I’ve seen a lot of harsh things and if I can help someone else avoid that, I will, ” he concludes.

Look out for Oliver and his mentees and follow their journeys as they lead by example.

Be the Mentor you wish you had. TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW.



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