For November 2017, the recipients of the Oxbridge Academy Medal for Succeeding Against the Odds are:

  • Innocentia Mahlabegwane
  • Janae Lewis
  • Azola Dlanjwa

Twice a year, we award this medal, along with a Special Merit Bursary to the value of 30% of the next course’s fees, to students who have succeeded against the odds despite significant physical, social, economic, or other difficulties they have experienced.


Find out what our November 2017 recipients did to succeed against the odds:


Innocentia Mahlabegwane


Innocentia is an OHS student at Oxbridge Academy, who recently ventured into a mining consulting company and needed to learn the relevant skills to ensure the health and safety of the employees.

She says:

My company is still at baby crawling stage and not generating too much yet… [click here to continue reading Innocentia’s story]


Janae Lewis


Janae was a general worker when she started studying her beauty therapy course with Oxbridge Academy. She suffered from depression due to her work environment, and she says:

My parents are deceased and I’m doing this all on my own.

Despite her circumstances, Janae has achieved 92% in… [click here to continue reading Janae’s story]


Azola Dlanjwa


Azola’s dream is to become a marketing manager. Unfortunately, she grew up in difficult circumstances, and she could not study towards her dream. Her whole family, including her three siblings, was dependent on her mother’s salary of R5000 a month.

While Azola matriculated in 2008, she was only able to… [click here to continue reading Azola’s story]


Congratulations to Innocentia, Janae, and Azola! We hope that you will inspire other students to reach for their dreams, despite the obstacles they face.


If you would like to be considered for this award, or if you would like to nominate someone you know, please send an email to for more information.