Ndlovu proves you are never too young to be brilliant

Celinkosi Godgift Ndlovu shows off his creation.

This comes after the teenager created an electric radio, that can play and switch to different stations, from just a cardboard box, speakers and other essentials.

Ndlovu, who is currently in his first year of Electrical Engineering Level Two, went to school with the cardboard radio and teaching staff asked him to open the box to see how it works.

Ndlovu originally hails from KwaZulu-Natal and says he left school after failing Grade 10.

One day he repaired his grandfather’s broken radio and the family decided he should move to Slovo Park to stay with his mother and study at college.


“I love doing work with my hands and my older brother always assists me with my gift.

“At first I picked up broken earphones and created my own working ones from scratch, made from steel wire.

“The housing of the earphones I covered with tape,” says Ndlovu.

His brother recently encouraged him to create a gift for their grandparents and that is when he created the radio.

Ndlovu says he used a circuit diagram given to him by his brother.

He was also given components, wires, a circuit board and speakers.

“It was difficult putting the radio together at first, but my brother was sitting next to me, telling me what I should do when I got stuck.

“I then took the board and fit in the components, soldered them and put in the wires.

“But the first time I tried to switch it on, it didn’t work,” Ndlovu says.

He says his brother told him to change the resistor and afterwards he tried to switch it on again, but it still didn’t work.

He then added an aerial and it worked.

“I am happy with what I have done.

“In the future I would like to see myself making electrical toys, radios and computers,” he says.

School principal Happy Sibande says the learners at the college do practical and theory work and she is thankful to the staff and campus manager for identifying the potential in the student.

“We are proud of Ndlovu because he took what he has been taught in class and through that made an initiative to create something on his own.

“He was not shown by anyone in the school how to do this, but has done it just through mixing the components and what he has learnt,” says campus manager Giepie Esterhuizen.

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