Because of his rocket invention, Siyabulela Xuza is the first young South African to have a planet named after him.
Meet Siyabulela Xuza a Harvard Engineering Graduate, Scientist, Energy Engineering Expert and an Entrepreneur ( net worth estimated at R59. 70 billion).
He Invented a cheaper and safer rocket fuel recognized by NASA, which won him a gold at the National Science Expo and the two grand awards at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
NASA-affiliated Lincoln Laboratory named a minor planet near Jupiter after him, the planet is now known as Siyaxuza.
” When I was a kid, I thought I had my life figured out. I knew where I
was going. I was sure of whom I was
and what I was.
I was wrong. See, life is a journey of twist and turns that mold who we are; however, it is not the twist and turns which mold us, but rather, how we take and handle the twist and turns thrown at us.
It was not until life threw me flat on my face that I truly discovered who I am and what I am. I am a perpetual work-in-progress. And you know what? I am quite all right with that.”
“I may not be able to predict what the future holds. But I am excited at how my engineering education will enable me to achieve my aspirations for Africa. My Mother told me that even if a planet is named after you…You should always remain down to earth.” Said Siya