It was a difficult upbringing in the farming village of Alexandria in the Eastern Cape for a young Billy Tom.

“I grew up poor and due to life’s challenges I repeated Standard 7 (Grade 10) a record three times,” says Tom, as he recalled his childhood. “I drove trucks and tractors on the farm and eventually obtained my truck licence behind the big wheel of an Isuzu truck.”..

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