Book extract: Hard Rhodes taken en route to learning

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Book extract: Hard Rhodes taken en route to learning

Excerpt from ‘The Educated Waiter: Memoir of an African Immigrant’

Tafadzwa Taruvinga

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.

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