Book extract: Hard Rhodes taken en route to learning
Excerpt from ‘The Educated Waiter: Memoir of an African Immigrant’
Tafadzwa Taruvinga’s memoir The Educated Waiter: Memoir of an African Immigrant (MFBooks/Joburg) comes out at a time where SA is experiencing devastating levels of xenophobic intolerance and violence.
When Taruvinga, a young Zimbabwean, enrolls to study economics at Rhodes University in SA, his life becomes a trial of survival. As a foreign student, the fees are exorbitant, exacerbated by the fact that currency is problematic in the ailing economy back home. This doesn’t deter him: Taruvinga pursues his studies while working as a waiter for a pittance. Constantly cash-strapped, most nights he goes to sleep hungry.
This is chapter one of this book:..