Computer Engineering Student Receives Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship

Computer Engineering Student Receives Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship
Mr Ben Sapo (left) with Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.

Second year Computer Engineering student, Mr Ben Sapo, has been awarded the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship. 

Sapo says the scholarship will provide him with much needed relief from the financial burdens of tertiary education and allow him to focus on his studies.  

Sapo has been fascinated with computers since an early age. ‘Computers have always been a passion of mine so I always knew I would go into that field. I specifically chose to do Computer Engineering because my brother did the degree and I saw the really cool projects he was involved in incorporating electronics with the programming. This inspired me to follow him and do the same degree as I saw that I would be able to build and programme my own designs,’ he said. 

Sapo said Rabbi Schreiber was his role model and mentor, showing him how to be a truly good person and live a moral life. 

The young student intends to go into research and development to assist in the "betterment of the community".   

He describes himself as a religious person who is very driven and determined and puts in all his effort to finish tasks given to him.  

Prashina Budree


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MBChB Student Receives New Award

MBChB Student Receives New Award
Ms Usha Govind.

Former recipient of the Pius Langa Scholarship, Ms Usha Govind received the newly-created Malegapuru William Makgoba Award at the 2015 Awards ceremony. 

Govind, one of four students who received the scholarship, said: ‘I am extremely grateful and privileged to be a recipient of this prestigious award. My parents feel very proud and are pleased to know that UKZN values its students’ achievements.’ 

The award is made to the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first year to second year study in each of the four Colleges. The recipients are therefore the top students among several thousand colleagues in each College of the University.   

Govind said the award served as a reminder that ‘there is no substitute for hard work and it will certainly motivate me to achieve more and to help others wherever I can. Each year, I will strive to maintain a high academic standard in order to be re-awarded this scholarship and to excel in my career as a doctor.' 

Govind’s family and friends play a huge role in her life, supporting and motivating her in whatever she does. ‘I am driven by both my achievements and failures as they motivate me to work harder.’ 

Recreational activities such as spending time with friends, exercising, dancing and watching TV keep the 19-year-old very busy.  

She advised fellow students to always strive to improve themselves, keep working hard and to enjoy what they did.  Govind, who completed her matric at Durban Girls’ College, is from a very medically involved family - her father is an anaesthetist and her mother a pharmacist.  

Govind’s brother is currently a sixth-year medical student at UKZN.  

Nombuso Dlamini


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UKZN Student Sole Recipient of 2015 SA Association for Advancement of Science Medal

UKZN Student Sole Recipient of 2015 SA Association for Advancement of Science Medal
Ms Fadekemi Janet Osaye (left) with Professor Bice Martincigh.

The South African Association for the Advancement of Science awards only one medal a year to a student in Sciences and Applied Sciences at each university in the country and at UKZN the proud 2015 recipient is Ms Fadekemi Janet Osaye of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. 

Osaye received the award for the best Masters research dissertation which was titled: Eigenvalues, Special Numbers and Tree-Cover Ratios, Asymptotes and Areas of Graphs.  

The medal was presented by the UKZN representative of the Association, Professor Bice Martincigh. Dr Paul Winter and Professor Simon Mukwembi supervised Osaye’s Masters dissertation.  

 ‘I am very grateful and delighted to have been awarded this scholarship,’ said Osaye. ‘It means the world to me as it has also motivated me to work hard and achieve more academically. 

Rodrigues said: ‘I would like to convey to Janet my congratulations for her achievement. She is a young lady whose sights are on an academic career path and it will take a lot to deter her. This achievement is a clear indication of her dedication and perseverance. 

‘I also want to congratulate Professor Mukwembi and D. Winter for a job well done. This is a credit to the student, the supervisors and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. All the best for the future.’ 

Said Osaye: ‘I am confident that receiving this award will produce better outcomes not only for my future academic endeavours in obtaining my PhD, but also for the future upbringing of younger mathematicians and the society at large. In general, this award will help me achieve my goals in life. 

‘At UKZN, I have been inspired as a woman to be a source of inspiration and my experience as a volunteer in nurturing and encouraging young ones was inspired in turn by the UKZN CAES PG Network. This experience has motivated me into starting up an NGO,’ said Osaye. 

 ‘I believe greatness is achieved through constant effort and perseverance even in the face of challenges.  It is important to focus on your goals and maintain a positive attitude.’

 

Leena Rajpal


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Dreams Really Come True for Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship Recipient

Dreams Really Come True for Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship Recipient
Ms Kalina Naidoo with the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Jonathan Blackledge.

It’s an exciting year ahead for Ms Kalina Naidoo, recipient of the prestigious Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship, who will study towards her Masters degree in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford in England.

The 23-year-old from Chatsworth has proven herself as a high-achiever at UKZN where she completed both her undergraduate and Honours Medical Science degrees cum laude.

‘Neuroscience has always been an area of complete fascination for me as the workings of the mind are still veiled in the unknown. I am very eager to be a part of the generation of researchers which pulls back that veil a little further,’ said Naidoo.

‘In my opinion, neurological pathologies represent the most debilitating disorders, where one’s memory, cognition and identity are stolen - it is my life’s ambition to help fight against these cruel diseases.’

Naidoo said her anxiety quickly turned to excitement and gratitude towards the Cecil Renaud Trust when she heard her dreams of studying abroad would suddenly become a reality.

‘It’s one thing to have dreams I suppose but it’s quite another thing when they become reality!

‘I have never been abroad to study or for personal vacation, hence this opportunity is all the more fruitful as it will be an adventure.’

Naidoo has received funding to study for a year in the UK. She has applied to a few universities and is awaiting feedback. ‘I have applied to Oxford University, and will also be applying to Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh,’ she said.

Nadoo said everyone around her had been incredibly supportive - ‘and by everyone I mean everyone, from neighbours to distant relatives to my immediate family.

‘My grandmother used to relay this one quote to me: matha pitha guru deivam, which is a popular adage in Sanskrit meaning Mother Father Teacher God. This is the order that reverence should be offered in one’s life, and I have always remembered this. This would have been entirely impossible without my parents, who instilled the confidence to dream big.’

Naidoo also said she was grateful to her supervisor, the Dean and Head of the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, Professor William Daniels, as well as Dr Duran Ramsuran. ‘Both have spent such time and energy in ensuring my junior years in research had a great foundation.’

Naidoo is passionate about academia and said UKZN was her institution of choice. After completing her studies aboard she intends to return to South Africa and spread the knowledge she will have garnered in practical research as well as in the lecture room.

Naidoo is the events coordinator for the College of Health Science initiative, Women in Leadership and Leverage, and she was on the winning team for the College’s general knowledge quiz of 2014.

Lunga Memela


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Talented Music student awarded two prestigious scholarships

Talented Music student awarded two prestigious scholarships
Music student Ms Rashalia Pather.

Music student Ms Rashalia Pather has been awarded two prestigious scholarships - the Lawrence and Constance Robinson Scholarship for the best single undergraduate in the University and the Townley Williams Scholarship for the best student entering the final year of study in a first degree.

Pather was surprised yet ecstatic to receive the scholarships and grateful to the University and the sponsors.

‘As one of four dependants solely supported by my father, who is a pensioner, and my mother, the prospect of embarking on a costly university degree had been financially daunting. These scholarships have relieved my family of a financial burden and facilitated my academic endeavours,’ said Pather.

The scholarships have enhanced Pather’s plans to undertake further postgraduate studies in piano performance with the aim of becoming a professional concert pianist and piano teacher.

‘Music has been my passion since childhood, and I have always dreamed of becoming a professional pianist,’ said Pather. ‘I chose to study a Bachelor of Music degree at UKZN because it offers outstanding instruction from some of the country’s best musicologists, composers, and performers, which, coupled with the supportive and friendly environment provided by the Music department’s staff and students, fosters both academic and personal growth.

‘Studying music at UKZN has also allowed me to remain closely connected with my family and to spread the joy of music in my hometown.’

Pather’s family were delighted to hear that she had been honoured with the prestigious scholarships, and grateful to UKZN for its support.

‘I would like to thank the scholarship donors for providing me with this amazing opportunity.

‘Also, a huge thank you to my loving parents, sisters, and grandmother for their unfailing and invaluable support in all my musical endeavours. Thank you for teaching me the value of hard work, passion, and humility – these principles will guide me for the rest of my life.’

 ‘I believe these scholarships not only bolster the ambitions of current achievers, but also inspire others to follow in their footsteps,’ added Pather.

 Melissa Mungroo


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Frene Ginwala Scholarship Recipients Destined for Academic Success

Frene Ginwala Scholarship Recipients Destined for Academic Success
Five College of Law and Management Studies students who each received the Frene Ginwala Scholarships.

Five students in the College of Law and Management Studies who were each awarded the Frene Ginwala Scholarships are now very aware that student excellence is rewarded. 

They are Ms Nobuhle Zulu, Ms Thulisile Nomsuthu, Ms Phumelele Mthembu, Ms Ziphezinhle Kubheka and Hlubikazi Mehlwana. 

The Scholarship is awarded to the top 10 African women entrants who register at UKZN. They each receive R18 000 to help them along at the beginning of their academic path. 

A passion for numbers and helping to address the shortage of Black women in the field of commerce is what motivated Mehlwana, Nomsuthu, Kubheka and Zulu to pursue a qualification in finance. Being awarded the scholarship was a huge bonus for them. 

‘This Scholarship means a whole lot to me,’ said Mehlwana. ‘Now I don't have to worry about the financial burden of university studies - at least for this year. It also gives me hope that my academic goals are attainable and all I need to do now is unleash my full potential and strive for greatness.’  

Nomsuthu, meanwhile, views the Scholarship as a tribute to her mother and grandmother who helped raise her but sadly neither lived long enough to see the full fruits of their labour. 

‘My road leading up to university was filled with obstacles to the extent that being able to attend lectures was an achievement in itself.  

‘My mother passed away in 2009 and my grandmother the following year when I was in Grade 8. Nonetheless, I persevered and worked hard towards my vision that I never lost sight of - to become a top business woman and CA,’ said Nomsuthu. 

Kubheka knows the road to her ultimate dream of becoming a forensic auditor will be challenging but getting rewarded at the start was great motivation. ‘The Scholarship has relieved the financial burden of study at university. As a person who believes that there is no definite knowledge but indefinite knowledge, I understand that I might face a lot of challenges in university and life in general. I will always overcome those challenges and keep the fires of knowledge burning in my heart,’ she said. 

Growing up in the rural area of Greytown where opportunities for personal and academic advancement are few, is what motivated Zulu to excel and create her own possibilities. 

‘Getting the scholarship means a lot to me since I used to believe that there was little good available for rural and disadvantaged students like me,’ said Zulu.

‘The shortage of African women in Charted Accountancy is my inspiration. I dream of being the most successful and well known CA in the world who is passionate about what she does.  I would also like to have a project or a campaign that encourages young women to pursue their dreams, especially in rural areas similar to the one I grew up in.’

Thandiwe Jumo 


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BCom Accounting Student has a Recipe for Success

BCom Accounting Student has a Recipe for Success
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, Ms Jyoti Maharaj with the Vice Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld.

Being awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship at the 2013 Scholarship Awards ceremony for making the top 10 list of women entrants at UKZN was an indication that great things lay ahead for Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, Ms Jyoti Maharaj. 

Fast forward to 2015 and sure enough, Maharaj is a top achiever academically. Not only did she receive the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship  and the UKZN 100th Anniversary Scholarship  but was also named the Top Over All second year student at the UKZN-SAICA Awards Ceremony hosted by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in partnership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). 

‘My aim is to complete my degree with distinction,’ said Maharaj. ‘In the future, the opportunities are limitless and I haven't really decided where I would like to be. 

‘The scholarship removes the financial burden on my parents. Also, I am honoured to have achieved this.’ 

The road to achieving an accounting qualification is challenging but for Maharaj, making a valuable contribution to the finance sector gives her the strength to overcome any obstacle. The fact that her father and older brothers are also involved in the Accounting profession motivates her even further.

‘Professionals in Chartered Accounting have inspired me to follow this career path. I have found that CAs are strong contributors to the business world and society,’ she said.

‘What keeps me going is ensuring I get enough sleep and having a disciplined and positive attitude.’

In her free time Maharaj enjoys meditation, listening to all types of music, reading ‘my favourite books - including Harry Potter’ - and newspapers,’ she said.

Thandiwe Jumo


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Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship for BSc Student

Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship for BSc Student
Ms Lindiwe Jhamba with UKZN founding Vice Chancellor, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.

UKZN Bachelor of Science student Ms Lindiwe Jhamba has been awarded the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship. 

The scholarship is awarded to the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year study in each of the four Colleges. The recipients are therefore the top students among several thousand colleagues in each College at UKZN. 

Said Jhamba: ‘It is such a blessing to be able to study free of financial worries and it is really motivating to know that effort and hard work are rewarded along the way.’ 

Jhamba plans to do postgraduate studies and complete them summa cum laude. She would also like to do medical research for her Masters degree. 

‘I will achieve my goal if during my studies I can make a scientific contribution in the medical treatment or cure of diseases,’ she said.

 Swastika Maney


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UKZN’s Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration Scholarships Awarded to Potential Academics

UKZN’s Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration Scholarships Awarded to Potential Academics
Recipients of the new Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration (TEAEA) Scholarship.

Eight top black students have been awarded the Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration (TEAEA) Scholarship launched specifically for those intending to pursue an academic career at UKZN.

This new Scholarship - which forms part of Human Resources’ Graduate Development Programme - is funded by the University to enable it to grow the next generation of academics by identifying potential talent in the final years of undergraduate study and at postgraduate levels.

A congratulatory lunch was held by the Human Resources Development team together the HR Managers from each of the four Colleges to welcome the students.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, encouraged the students to seize the opportunity provided.

Van Jaarsveld advised the students to live the five values of UKZN - respect, excellence, accountability, client orientation and honesty (REACH) - as this would affect the way in which they engaged with staff and students.

However, he warned them about challenges ahead which included hard work, dedication and ambition. He said the results would match what they put in. ‘Commitment will be your biggest factor - 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.

‘I wish all of you well. Our doors are open. I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Research Awards ceremony 10 years down the line,’ said Van Jaarsveld.

Executive Director: Human Resources (HR), Ms Avril Williamson said the University aims in “Growing their own Timber”. She said 16 students will be recruited over the next five years.

HR Development’s Director, Ms Busisiwe Ramabodu said another aim of the programme is to increase the number of Black professors at UKZN, and for the University to remain in the top three universities in the country. She reminded the students that they were now ambassadors of UKZN.

A PhD in Microbiology student and recipient of a Scholarship, Ms Nontobeko Mvubu, thanked the University. ‘This is exactly what I needed. This will get me where I am supposed to be.’

Mvubu said she always wanted to be an academic and had never seen working outside of the University as an option. She attributed her success to her supervisors who kept pushing her to persevere, and her father who always encouraged his children to get educated.

The applications for 2016 are now open and will close the 31st of August 2015.

Sithembile Shabangu


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Law Graduate Receives Top Honours at Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Law Graduate Receives Top Honours at Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Distinguished Student Award recipient, Mr Musa Kika.

Top academic achievement is nothing unusual for Law graduate, Mr Musa Kika, who received both the UKZN’s Distinguished Student Award and the Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship at the recent Scholarship Awards Ceremony. 

Not only did he graduate with an LLB degree summa cum laude but was also one of the finalists in the 2014 Ellie Newman Moot Court competition; serves in a clerkship in a programme facilitated by Judge Malcom Wallis of the  Supreme Court of Appeal at UKZN’s School of Law; and won the 2014 Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition. 

To Kika, receiving the accolades - especially the Distinguished Student Award which is the highest honour a student can attain at UKZN for academic excellence, university service and extensive community engagement - is motivation to continue inspiring others. 

‘I realise I have a responsibility to use what I have achieved, and the skills that I have learnt to help those around me that need assistance,’ said Kika. 

‘It is a responsibility and I am aware that some people look up to me. In the same vein, this award also means I have succeeded as a role model for others who are inspired by my achievements. I am now determined to achieve even more.’  

Kika, who graduated with his LLB in 2015, is currently employed as an Assistant Researcher at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) in the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he is also studying towards an LLM in Public Law, and will be leaving for the Supreme Court in Namibia next month to clerk for Chief Justice Peter Shivute. 

Thandiwe Jumo


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Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship Recipient Triumphs over Adversity

Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship Recipient Triumphs over Adversity
Mr Siphamandla Shange with Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Jonathan Blackledge.

At the tender age of 13, Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship winner Mr Siphamandla Shange’s life was already a struggle.

He had to balance doing Grade 8 and working part-time at a car wash in KwaMashu to help his grandmother, a domestic worker, feed a family of eight. 

Considering the progress he has made, Shange - currently studying for an Honours degree in Information Systems and Technology – has a reason to be proud. 

He is a recipient of a Scholarship that recognises disadvantaged academically challenged postgraduate students whose study areas incorporate community involvement, leadership qualities and ethical vision.

‘Receiving the Scholarship means I have succeeded,’ said Shange. ‘A lot of people say there isn’t help out there, but this shows that there is. I will always have people to thank for my accomplishments, especially my mom and late grandmother. Because of their love and sacrifice I have been able to achieve this academic accomplishment even though money has always been tight.’ 

With knowledge and skills gained through his research project titled: “Adoption of Assistive Technology (AT)”, Shange aims to help improve the lives of disabled people. ‘His research explores the effectiveness of technological assistive devises available on the market to help individuals living with disabilities.

‘Assistive devices often fail because there’s a lack of assistance from caregivers. There are steps that an individual must take to ensure the success of a device,’ said Shange. 

‘Those steps entail the development of AT, training, interest, facilitating and customisation. If this is not done properly, the user will not get the desired result from the device. Each step is important to the success of AT,’ said Shange.

Shange is currently in the process of applying for a scholarship that if successful will see him study for a Masters degree at the University of Liverpool in England.

‘Attaining an education and being of service to others is my top priority,' he said.  'My family has made many sacrifices to allow me to focus on education throughout primary and secondary school. I now have an opportunity to become the first person in my family to have attended university and make them proud,’ he said.

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Pius Langa Scholarship Awarded to 2014's Top KZN Matric Pupil

Pius Langa Scholarship Awarded to 2014's Top KZN Matric Pupil
Bachelor of Medicine student, Mr Gareth Mogambery (left) is the recipient of the Pius Langa Scholarship.

KwaZulu-Natal’s 2014 top matric student Mr Gareth Mogambery has received the prestigious Pius Langa Scholarship. 

Mogambery, who completed his matric at New West Secondary in Newlands West, was also top matric student in quintile five schools nationally, obtaining nine distinctions. 

‘I’m extremely grateful that I am able to study towards a degree of my choice, without having to worry about funding. My family is happy and honoured, especially my mother,’ he said after receiving the award. 

The scholarship, awarded to top performing new undergraduate entrants, is named after the renowned former Chief Justice of South Africa, the last Chancellor of the University of Natal and the first Ombud of UKZN.  

Mogambery said the accolade meant that his aged father did not have to use money from his pension fund to pay for fees. ‘I hope to keep the scholarship in my future years of study and to become a good doctor,’ he added. 

According to Mogambery perseverance is key, ‘Hard work does pay off, and ultimately, God is in control.’ 

He said he was grateful to the funders of the scholarship, ‘Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity.’ 

Mogambery lives at home with his parents and young sister who is in Grade 11.  His two elder sisters are both doctors and UKZN alumni. He said his family enabled him to succeed and instilled in him the core values of diligence, perseverance and his faith in God. 

‘I’m an avid reader and enjoy music,’ he said.  He teaches Sunday school at his church and is currently a research placement at CAPRISA.  

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College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship Spurs Top Achievers

College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship Spurs Top Achievers
Recipients of the College Deputy Vice Chancellors’ Scholarships from the College of Law and Management.

The three top-ranked undergraduate students proceeding from their second year on to further studies have each been awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship in recognition of their hard work and dedication.

They are Law students Ms Claire Bronwyn Gillespie and Ms Simone Gray, and Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, Ms Jyoti Maharaj.

For Gillespie, pursuing a career in Law was motivated by the need to use her legal skills to help others get access to justice. She says the scholarship is a good incentive for her to continue working hard to make her dream a reality.

‘I am grateful to the University for this kind gesture as it means that my achievements have been recognised. I have recently signed to do my articles with Bowman Gilfillan, one of the top five law firms in South Africa and hope to pursue a career in either corporate or aviation law.’ 

Maharaj, who attributes her success to hard work and the support of her family, was awarded the Frene Ginwala Scholarship at the 2013 Scholarships Awards Ceremony while at this year’s ceremony, she won two scholarships including the UKZN 100th Anniversary Scholarship. 

‘The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship removes the financial burden weighing heavily on my parents. Also, I am honoured to have achieved this and hopefully, it will be an example for others to follow.’

Maharaj said her father and older brother were also involved in the accounting profession. ‘My mum is definitely my biggest supporter,’ she added

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Distinguished Student Award for Occupational Therapy Graduate

Distinguished Student Award for Occupational Therapy Graduate
Excited Distinguished Student Award recipient, Ms Domonique de Klerk.

Hard work has paid off for Occupational Therapy degree cum laude graduate, Ms Domonique de Klerk.

The multi-award-winning de Klerk (22) of Pietermaritzburg said serving others was high on her list of priorities.

Her latest accolade is being one of two Distinguished Student Award recipients in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement together with excellence in community engagement

De Klerk was among UKZN Occupational Therapy students who took on the popular YouTube RAK nomination challenge and made the skydiving dream of wheelchair user, Daniel Ngcobo, come true last year. With Ngcobo in tow they parachuted out of a light aircraft!

She said this was a project she was very proud of and felt it showed that success was not only about academic achievements but also involved making time to serve others.

De Klerk said she had been astounded when it was announced she had won awards for the Best Occupational Therapy Student in Research; Best Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial Theory and Fieldwork; Best Occupational Therapy Student In Community Theory and Fieldwork; Best Occupational Therapy student in Paediatric Theory and Fieldwork; Best Occupational Therapy student in Fundamentals, and Best Overall Student in Occupational Therapy.

‘Anybody who saw me on that day can tell you I was so shocked! I was not expecting it at all. I was not the only hard worker in my class so when they called my name the first time I was so happy just to have won the research prize. Then when they just continued to call out the prizes I honestly could not believe it.

‘There was a moment when I looked up into the crowd and I saw my mom crying and all my lecturers and most of my classmates had stood up for me… I felt I was going to burst with joy.’

During her studies, de Klerk was also invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society, nominated for the Distinguished Students’ Award and received Dean’s Commendations for her second, third and fourth year.

‘It’s been the toughest yet most rewarding four years of my life. I’m relieved that the academic pressure is off me and I am thoroughly enjoying practising what I have learned.

‘I became passionate at UKZN about OT through the influence my lecturers had on me. They instilled a sense of pride in the profession and taught me that being an OT is a lifestyle and a personality, not a profession.’

She said she was driven by goals she set for herself. ‘I want to make the profession of occupational therapy famous as I believe there are far too many people who have no idea what we do.

‘I’m also driven by sacrifices my parents made to enable me to receive the education I have. I want to make them proud.’

De Klerk, who is currently completing her community service year at GJ Crooks Hospital, wants to study further. ‘I plan to complete my Masters and PhD as soon as I figure out what field I want to go into.’

Lunga Memela


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Thirteen Frene Ginwala Scholarships go to Health Sciences Students

Thirteen Frene Ginwala Scholarships go to Health Sciences Students
Health Sciences students who were awarded the Frene Ginwala Scholarships.

Thirteen of the 25 Frene Ginwala Scholarships for 2015 were won by female students in the College of Health Sciences (CHS).

The students are Ms Nondumiso Dlamuka, Ms Nontobeko Gwala, Ms Nokubonga Linda, Ms Nasiphi Magaqa, Ms Nhlorhi Mathebula, Ms Sibusisiwe Mbuqe, Ms Nontando Mchunu, Ms Lindeni Mkhize, Ms Thobeka Mkhwanazi, Ms Zimkhitha Ntozakhe, Ms Ntombeziningi Phungula, Ms Nontokozo Sithole and Ms Shira Lona Sudi.

They received the awards at a prestigious Scholarship Awards Ceremony held on Westville campus.

Named after the first UKZN Chancellor, the Scholarship is awarded to top Black African female entrants entering the University as new undergraduate students in all disciplines.

Magaqa from KwaNdengezi Township was raised by her single mother and grandparents. ‘I feel really blessed and am beyond thankful,’ said Magaqa who attended Asoka Secondary School and is now registered as a Bachelor of Pharmacy student.

‘I feel very happy and excited about this scholarship as does my family because they have witnessed how hard work pays off,’ said Magaqa.

‘This Scholarship means a lot to me - my family won’t have to worry about my fees anymore. Working hard pays off in the end. My special thanks to the funders.’

The same sentiments were shared by aspiring medical doctors, Mkhize and Sudi, who said their parents had been supportive and it was now their duty to graduate and make it even further in life. 

‘I would like to be part of initiatives to give people opportunities in life,’ said Ntozakhe (19) from Bizana in the Eastern Cape, who wants to become a paediatrician and work with foundations which assist young children.

Lunga Memela


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College of Humanities Boasts Eight Denis Hurley Scholarship Recipients

College of Humanities Boasts Eight Denis Hurley Scholarship Recipients
Eight of the nine recipients of the Archbishop Denis Hurley Scholarship were from the College of Humanities.

The Archbishop Denis Hurley Scholarship - dedicated to disadvantaged but academically excellent candidates - has been awarded to eight students from the College of Humanities

This year’s recipients are: Ms Thabile Zuma, Mr Tigere Muringa, Ms Slindile Mbatha, Mr Siyabonga Mbambo, Ms Samkelisiwe Zungu, Mr Bongani Mhlongo, Mr Lindani Maphumulo and Mr Leballo Tjemolane.  

Many of them were previously struggling with financial difficulties but were thrilled to hear they were scholarship winners.   

Community Development (Honours) student Maphumulo shared his story: ‘My parents passed away when I was in primary school and I had been paying for my education by selling items on the street at the Durban station and at taxi ranks.  

‘My family is struggling. There’s no-one working. I am the last born and last hope. For someone who lived on the street to be where I am now, and seeing the future ahead of me, this scholarship is a breakthrough.’ 

Explaining her situation, Zuma said: ‘I grew up without parents in a family of five. My eldest brother is the sole breadwinner. I decided to change my life by being a hard working student with goals in life. 

‘Being awarded this scholarship has changed my life as I will be able to continue with my studies and become the very first academic in the family.’ 

Committee member for UKZN’s Central Men’s Forum and an active student in programmes in the Campus HIV and AIDS Support Unit, Mbambo said: ‘I had no funding after NSFAS told me that it was unable to fund me as a postgraduate student. I could not even get registration fees or access to a monthly meal allowance. To get this scholarship now is a blessing.’ 

Theology Honours student Tjemolane says the Scholarship was a miracle. ‘I had been faced with challenges and financial difficulties around paying my rent and my fees. Getting the Scholarship has lifted the burden so it will now be easier for me to focus on my studies.’ 

Honours student Muringa added: ‘This Scholarship is pivotal because it ensures we are all given an opportunity to discover and exploit our potential and become whatever we want to be.’ 

Giving advice to other students, Social Sciences student Zungu said: ‘Grab all opportunities presented to you and make the most of them. Study hard and be good to others.’ 

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Top Student Plans to Pursue a Teaching Career

Top Student Plans to Pursue a Teaching Career
Bachelor of Science (BSc) M-stream student Ms Aadila Moola with Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.

Second year Bachelor of Science (BSc) M-stream student Ms Aadila Moola is one of the five top-ranked undergraduates, proceeding from first year to second year in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES), to receive the Malegapuru W Makgoba  Scholarship. 

Moola matriculated from Orient Islamic School where she achieved outstanding Grade 12 results.During his first year of study at UKZN in 2014, she obtained three certificates of merit and eight distinctions. She maintained these high standards by attaining three merit certificates in the first semester this year.

‘Receiving this scholarship has been truly humbling. I am honoured to be one of those whose efforts have been recognized by the university and plan to make the very best use of the opportunities.’ 

Moola hopes to complete her degree with majors in Physics and Applied Maths before pursuing a teaching career in Physics and Maths at secondary level.  She may also further her studies in Physics. 

Discipline Leader, Mathematics, Dr Aneshkumar Maharaj, said: ‘Ms Moola’s excellent high performance shows that she is dedicated to her university studies. I think that she will be an asset to the teaching profession.’ 

Moola acknowledged UKZN saying: ‘The generosity shown to me by the University will go a long way in shaping future leaders and inspiring change for the better in South Africa.’ 

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Top Undergraduate Student Receives Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

Top Undergraduate Student Receives Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship
Mr Asad Jeewa (left) with Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.

Bachelor of Science Computer Science student, Mr Asad Jeewa, is one of only two top undergraduate students from the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science to receive this year’s Vice- Chancellor’s scholarship. 

Jeewa’s commitment to his studies was evident where he attained two certificates of merit and six distinctions in 2014 and maintained the high standard achieving two certificates of merits and two distinctions in the first semester this year. He also was awarded the Dean’s Commendation. 

Jeewa said: ‘It’s an honour to be awarded this scholarship and acknowledged for my hard work. It is great motivation to continue in the same manner and strive for excellence.’ 

The modest student, who plans to continue his studies in the UKZN Honours programme, has a keen interest in graphics. ‘It is my dream to one day work on a world-renowned videogame project,’ said Jeewa. 

‘The UKZN scholarship has created many opportunities for me and I would like to convey my sincere thanks to them. They are empowering many students and helping them reach for the stars. With this continued support I am determined to achieve all my goals and make the most of this amazing opportunity.’ 

Lecturer in School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Mr Anban Pillay, said: ‘Mr Jeewa is a deserving recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s award that is just reward for the outstanding results he has consistently produced.   The school commends his fine achievement and wishes him well in his future endeavours that will surely be decorated with many more accolades.’ 

Said his parents Aslam and Shabnam Jeewa: ‘This scholarship allows our son to dedicate all his capabilities on his achievements without the distraction of finances for his studies. We are extremely thankful to the sponsors for their generosity and have no doubt that Asad’s hard work and dedication will make us and the sponsors proud.’

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Talented Student Earns Two Prestigious Scholarships

Talented Student Earns Two Prestigious Scholarships
Bachelor of Science student Ms Zahra Essack (left) with the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the College of Humanities.

Third year Bachelor of Science M-Stream student Ms Zahra Essack, has been awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and the Brenda Gourley Scholarship.

The College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship, awarded to the three top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from second year to subsequent years of study, recognises top performance over two or more years of undergraduate study.  

The Brenda Gourley Scholarship - named after Professor Brenda Gourley, a vice-chancellor and principal of the former University of Natal - is awarded to the second ranked undergraduate student in the entire University. 

Essack passed her second year with exceptional results. Her academic record includes 20/20 distinctions and she achieved Deans Commendations in all 5 semesters of her degree to date.  

She has taken a keen interest in research in the field of astrophysics. ‘I am currently involved in the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA) project and I will continue studying toward my doctorate in astrophysics in order to make a valuable contribution to the field in a South African context.’  

Essack was grateful for the support she received from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, and the School of Chemistry and Physics. ‘Both schools have dedicated academic staff that take a personal interest in my progress and help to develop my theoretical and practical skills.’ 

A quote by Mario Andretti is always uppermost in her mind: ‘Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.’ 

‘I am grateful that the university assists and recognises deserving, high achieving students in this way. It is a singular honour to be associated with such prestigious scholarships,’ said Essack. 

Course Coordinator at the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit, Professor Kavilan Moodley, said: ‘Zahra has an outstanding academic record in physical sciences at UKZN and is destined to have an extremely productive research career in astronomy. The success of excellent students like Zahra bodes well for the growth of South African astronomy as we can look forward to a large pool of highly-skilled researchers to fulfil the investments being made in exciting projects such as the SKA telescope.’ 

Said Physics lecturer Dr Suleman Moolla: ‘I have had the pleasure of lecturing Ms Essack at both first and second year levels. During this period, her outstanding dedication to her studies coupled with her natural flair for Physics has resulted in her achieving outstanding results. I truly believe she can become a great researcher in any area she chooses.’ 

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Two Scholarships for Applied Chemistry student

Two Scholarships for Applied Chemistry student
Two Scholarships were awarded to Applied Chemistry student, Ms Kimberleigh Bianca Govender.

Ms Kimberleigh Bianca Govender of the School of Chemistry and Physics is the recipient of the Zac Yacoob Scholarship and the Maryam Babangida Scholarship which are awarded to students in postgraduate studies for outstanding performance and being top ranked in the College or the entire University.

The Zac Yacoob scholarship was named after Judge Zakeria (ZAC) Yacoob, a former Constitutional Court judge and the last Chancellor of the former University of Durban-Westville.

Govender won the award on the basis of her being the best Honours-level (4th year) student at UKZN. 

The Maryam Babangida scholarship is from an anonymous Nigerian donor honouring Dr Maryam Babangida, who contributed to the improvement of living conditions of Nigerian women.  

The Scholarship is awarded each year to the best female student, in the entire University, proceeding from undergraduate to honours study.  

Govender has won the Dean’s Commendation award for the past three years and graduated summa cum laude. She attained 21 certificates of merit and 23 distinctions during her studies which are now concentrated on an honours degree in Applied Chemistry. 

‘I see the scholarships as motivation to complete my honours degree as I strive to ensure that I live up to the expectations that go with winning the awards which I believe are acknowledgement of the hard work, dedication and time I have invested in my undergraduate degree.’ 

Academic Learner, Teaching and Learning, Dr Naven Chetty, said: ‘Ms Govender is an outstanding candidate whose results are very impressive. Her 2014 results ranked her as the top student in chemistry and applied chemistry. She received three awards at the annual college awards ceremony for her academic achievements including the prestigious Lucas Trophy for being the outstanding overall Chemistry student in 2014. Her results are most impressive and rank her in the top 5% of her peers.’ 

Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Physics, Dr Brenda Moodley, said: ‘Ms Kimberleigh Govender has been one of our star students in the School of Chemistry and Physics.  She has performed excellently throughout her undergraduate study and her marks and awards are a testament to her hard work and dedication.  She is a great example to other students showing them that hard work does pay off.  The School of Chemistry and Physics is proud of her achievements and we congratulate her on her awards.’   

Govender added: ‘After completion of this degree I hope to further my studies in the field of Forensic Science.’ 

Her heartfelt message to the donors was: ‘I want to convey my greatest appreciation to you for having selected me for this award as I know how competitive the world of academia is.’ 

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Scholarship Gives Young Student Opportunity to Pursue Science Degree

Scholarship Gives Young Student Opportunity to Pursue Science Degree
Ms Nondumiso Khumalo (left) received the Frene Ginwala Scholarship.

Former Durban Girls Secondary School pupil Ms Nondumiso Khumalo has been awarded a Frene Ginwala Scholarship.  

The scholarship, named after UKZN’s first Chancellor and the former Speaker of Parliament, are special prestige entrant equity awards made to the top black African women entering the University as new undergraduate students in all disciplines.  

Khumalo matriculated with outstanding results which got her into the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science to undertake a Bachelor of Science degree (M-stream). 

 ‘The scholarship means a lot to me. I was very honoured to hear that I had received it as it showed me that hard work does reap fruitful rewards in the end,’ said Khumalo. ‘It has encouraged me to continue trying to do my best to succeed.’  

Khumalo’s sincere message to the funders is: ‘The scholarship has created and set the foundation for young African female learners and for that I would like to express our utmost appreciation.’ 

 She thanked God and her family and has this advice for other students: ‘Work hard, work hard, work hard - because you know that this is the one thing that can never let you down. 

‘I plan to get my Bachelor of Science degree and thereafter undertake my honours and masters with a keen interest in the field of astronomy.’ 

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Rhodes and Mandela Inspire Student to Great Heights

Rhodes and Mandela Inspire Student to Great Heights
Ms Londiwe Magagula was named the Mandela Rhodes Scholar during the Scholarship awards.

With two of the most powerful people of their time - Nelson Mandela and Cecil John Rhodes - as patrons, the standard is set high and this inspires one to pursue avenues that will create social wealth and be proactive in solving the problems Africa has as a continent. 

 So says postgraduate student in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Ms Londiwe Magagula, who is a recipient of a Mandela Rhodes scholarship.

A Mandela Rhodes scholarship carries with it a responsibility for the recipient to be a proactive citizen with character and intellect that Africa will be proud of.  

The scholarships provide special opportunities for further study for high academic achievers who possess strong leadership qualities, deep community engagement, a commitment to reconciliation and who reflect a spirit of entrepreneurship.  

Magagula is currently pursuing her Master of Science Degree in Ecological Sciences with her project focusing on veld management and fodder production in communal rangelands, proposing alternative fodder production to save natural grazing land. 

 ‘I would like to invest in the education sector for three or four years as a lecturer in higher education,’ said Magagula. ‘As a lecturer I would like to be hands-on in building a well of knowledge, fostering thinking, and shaping scientists that the institution will send out with the mandate to be uncompromisingly dedicated, hardworking and leaders of cutting edge projects to empower and change Africa.  

‘I also look forward to working with young people in my community to build a network where we can invest different resources back into the community, such as IT resources at schools, scholarships for students with potential, and sports facilities. Moving into the private sector I would like to work with companies in compliance and in policy development.’ 

The foundation runs three development workshops for every recipient of the scholarship and deals specifically with the principles underpinning the scholarship. 

Discussing her experiences at the workshops, Magagula said they had been nothing short of magical. ‘We had the opportunity to meet the executive committee and other staff members assisting with the running of the programme as a whole. The workshops include developing skills in self leadership and reconciliation. The last one in the first week of September will be on entrepreneurship.’ 

She said she had been inspired by her lecturers early on in her studies. ‘I think the moment that inspired greatness in me was the passion with which my lecturers taught us. It made it easy for me to join in discussions and build interest in different topics which I then read up in my spare time.’  

Magagula is deeply grateful to the Rhodes staff and donors who have helped her find her ‘authentic self’ and taught her that she can be vulnerable. ‘At the foundation they care more about the person and growing them to maximise their talents than about increasing intake numbers – that is something I could not get anywhere else.’  

Commenting, the Director of K-Rith, Dr William Bishai, said: ‘We need to do everything we can to bolster the next generation of African scientists and give them the best chance possible to contribute towards solving these global problems. Our goal is to enable each individual to develop to their full potential and to support these young scientists as they progress to becoming independent researchers.  We hope that these grants will lead to new collaborations and hopefully the strengthening of global and intra-Africa partnerships.’

 Prashina Budree


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Following in his Father’s Footsteps

Following in his Father’s Footsteps
Mr Sanav Singh.

First year Civil Engineering student, Mr Sanav Singh, followed in his father’s footsteps when choosing a degree. 

Now the recipient of the Pius Langa Scholarship, Singh says his dad has always been his role model. 

Singh feels highly honoured by being recognised as one of the top pupils in Matric in 2014.  ‘I have always enjoyed mathematics and science and been passionate about the practical side of life. My passion continues to grow, especially in areas covered by the civil engineering degree so it was easy to choose my career path,’ said Singh.  

Completing his undergraduate degree is at present a priority for Singh but in the future he hopes to take over his father’s self-owned engineering business. 

Singh, who enjoys dancing and soccer, describes himself as a dedicated and committed individual who tries to give of his best in all aspects of life.

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Chemical Engineering student wins Frene Ginwala Scholarship

Chemical Engineering student wins Frene Ginwala Scholarship
Ms Nosipho Ngubane received six merit awards in Grade 12 and received the Frene Ginwala Scholarship.

First year Chemical Engineering student, Ms Nosipho Ngubane, has been awarded the Frene Ginwala scholarship for receiving six merit awards in Grade 12. 

Ngubane says the scholarship has made her feel appreciated and humble.  ‘I'm very grateful for the recognition and the award motivates me to work even harder.’  

Ngubane has always enjoyed Mathematics and Science and has a desire to help solve the world’s problems.  ‘Another source of motivation is that my teachers saw potential in me and encouraged me to do a degree in Engineering when I was so uncertain about things. A relatively small number of woman study to become engineers because there’s a perception that it is a very difficult course.  I want to show everyone that it is possible with hard work.’ 

Her father is her role model and she appreciates everything that he has done for her.  His spirit of perseverance is an inspiration. 

Ngubane hopes to complete a PhD Engineering and go on to open an engineering school for disadvantaged children.  She would also like to organise the renovation and improvement of her alma mater, Khombindlela High School. 

Although she describes herself as an introvert, she is determined to one day travel the world, achieving her dreams and writing songs.

Prashina Budree


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UKZN Solar Car Whizz Kid Receives TB Davis Scholarship

UKZN Solar Car Whizz Kid Receives TB Davis Scholarship
Mr Matthew Woods.

Mechanical Engineering Masters student Mr Matthew Woods does not only have the success of UKZN’s solar car under his belt, he has also received the TB Davis Scholarship to pursue his degree at the University. 

Woods is delighted with the scholarship, describing it as a ‘special honour’. This motivated student has always been intrigued by Albert Einstein and admires his work and ideals.   

‘Engineering is my passion so it was the obvious career choice for me,’ said Woods, who  was a member of the UKZN team which built the Hulamin UKZN solar car now on its way by sea to Australia to take part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from 18-25 October. 

Woods enjoys diving and has recently completed his Advanced Water Course.  His future plans include continuing his work in renewable energy and in the automotive field. 

He describes himself as diligent, logical and ambitious.

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Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship for Masters Student

Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship for Masters Student
Ms Thomzonke Zungu.

Masters in Social Sciences student Ms Thomzonke Zungu was elated to learn she was the recipient of the 2015 Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship. 

‘I still cannot believe it,’ said Zungu. ‘Words can’t explain how happy I am. It’s like a dream come true.’

The Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship, named after 20th century South African entrepreneur C G Smith’s wife, provides postgraduate scholarship opportunities for top-performing female students - resident in the greater Durban area - to study abroad. 

Initially, Zungu was worried as she didn’t have any postgraduate funding to continue with her research. But now, she sees her future as brighter than ever before. 

She thanked the donors, saying the scholarship would enable her to complete a PhD. 

‘This scholarship means a lot to me and my family – it will open a lot of doors. Scholarships of this nature are important because they reach out to those students who have the potential but do not have the means to realise their goals and ambitions,’ said Zungu.

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BPharm Student Receives Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship

BPharm Student Receives Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship
Ms Lutfiyya Nazeer (left) received the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship.

‘I am both honoured and humbled to have received such a prestigious scholarship,’ said BPharm student Ms Lutfiyya Nazeer after receiving the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship. 

The scholarship is awarded to the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year of study in each of the four Colleges. The recipients are therefore the top students among several thousand colleagues in each College of the University. 

‘In life, there are certain moments and events that stand out in your mind and I can say with absolute certainty that receiving the scholarship was one of the most important ones. I am extremely blessed for my efforts to be recognised in such an esteemed manner,’ said Nazeer. 

Her family is extremely proud of her achievement. ‘They are also elated that my continuous hard work and dedication have reaped this benefit.’ She said making her parents proud was one of the simplest and best ways of repaying them for all they’ve done for her.

‘Being awarded this scholarship has been the greatest honour bestowed upon me, both as a student and as a 21st century woman. In a time where equality across gender, race and religion is becoming a basic human right, I am proud to be a part of an institution whose core values are as deeply woven into the fabric of enlightenment and empowerment as mine are,’ Nazeer said.

She plans to complete her BPharm degree summa cum laude and to serve her internship and community service before returning to UKZN to further her studies.

‘To the world this scholarship may just mean a financially discounted method of completing studies, but in reality it is so much more. It is belief and hope in my generation. It is love and care from our elders. It is the passing of the metaphorical torch to us, the youth of today to shoulder the responsibilities of tomorrow,’ said Nazeer.

Her formula for success in life is: ‘Work smart, not hard’. ‘It’s the execution of this formula that is difficult. Many students believe parroting 100 pages, 100 times will get them the result they desire. It’s more than that,’ said Nazeer.

‘It all lies in understanding. Working smart means listening in lectures, scribbling down key points, and consolidating this at the end of each day. Do this every day until exams start and you will notice how much smaller your workload is. Work smart.’

She thanked the scholarship funders, promising to honour the accolade by excelling in her academic career and inspiring others to do the same. 

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MBChB Student Scoops Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship

MBChB Student Scoops Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship
Mr Moosa Mohammed Jameel Ismael was a recipient of the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship.

‘Words cannot describe the feeling of receiving this scholarship,’ said MBChB student, Mr Moosa Mohammed Jameel Ismael after receiving the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship. 

The Scholarship is awarded to the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year of study in each of the four Colleges. The recipients are therefore the top students among several thousand colleagues in each College of the University.  

‘Receiving this scholarship and being recognised for my accomplishments demonstrates to me that someone believes in my education and feels that it is important to be a lifelong learner. It is also an indication that the scholarship, for me, is not the end but just the beginning,’ he said. 

Ismail said he was honoured to have received the scholarship this year because it provided him with the means to continue his education and has also motivated him to ensure that his studies are successful. 

‘My family was one of the contributing factors that led to me achieving this award. Without their continuous guidance and extrinsic motivation, I would not be where I am today,’ he said. 

His family is very pleased and proud of his achievement; ‘More importantly, they are thankful for this scholarship for it eases our financial situation.’ 

 He said the award had brought him closer to his dream of becoming a successful doctor; ‘My long-term goals involve working in a health care sector where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much value as I can.’ 

He advised his fellow students to work hard and be determined to succeed. ‘As Walt Disney once said: “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it”. As a student you need to be able to have balance in your life and always plan ahead so that there is time for aspects other than studying.’ 

Ismail thanked the scholarship funders saying: ‘With this scholarship I have the funds to accomplish so much in my University career, and for that I am absolutely grateful. I greatly appreciate that you have chosen me to receive this scholarship and thank you UKZN for this achievement.’ 

Ismail described himself as an optimistic individual always looking to inspire and help others.  His hobbies include bodybuilding, watching YouTube videos as well as being able to socialise and meet other people.

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BPharm student Scoops College DVC’s Scholarship… Again!


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BPharm student Ms Naeema Bayat received the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship at the 2015 Scholarship Awards -the second time she has won the award. 

‘I feel so blessed and fortunate, it was quite a pleasant surprise, and I honestly did not expect it again,’ said an exited Bayat. She said her family was equally surprised and shared her joy.

The College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are awarded to the three top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from second to subsequent years of study. 

‘This scholarship means more than words can say. It’s like a gift to both me and my parents and whatever brings a smile to their faces brings a smile to mine,’ said Bayat. 

Her future plans include gaining all the knowledge and experience she can from her internship so it will help mould her into the best pharmacist she can be; ‘I hope to make a difference in the community.’ 

Prayer keeps Bayat going - ‘It helps guide me through both the good as well as the tough times and I would be lost without prayer. My family is my pillar of strength and without their support and encouragement I wouldn't be who I am. 

‘My friends are the cement that hold me together, they're always there for me and have made these for years remarkably memorable in every way.’ 

 She has this advice for other students: ‘University is not easy but I can tell you that it is what you make of it - so give of your best, believe in yourself and always keep good company. Friends are a very important part of this journey so choose them wisely. Don't ever be disheartened by any failures, everyone goes through it, trust me it only makes you a stronger person.’ 

‘I extend my appreciation to all the funders of this scholarship. They make dreams come true.’ 

Bayat comes from a close-knit family in Durban and is the eldest sibling and only daughter.  Both her parents are pharmacists and she looks up to them. 

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Pius Langa Scholarship winner ‘Truly Grateful’

Pius Langa Scholarship winner ‘Truly Grateful’
MBChB student Rashmika Deeplal who received the Pius Langa Scholarship.

‘I am truly grateful for having been awarded this prestigious scholarship and it has encouraged me to continue working hard in the pursuit of excellence,’ said MBChB student Rashmika Deeplal after she received the Pius Langa Scholarship. 

‘I am grateful to the donors and appreciate their financial support to help make my educational endeavors a reality. With the high cost of tuition, books and transport, it is reassuring that other people are able to help support students in their education,’ said Deeplal. 

Pius Langa Scholarships, awarded to top performing new undergraduate entrants, are named after the renowned former Chief Justice of South Africa, the last Chancellor of the University of Natal and the first Ombud of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.   

Deeplal said she was not the only one extremely excited about receiving this scholarship. ‘My family is proud of my achievements and thankful.’  

She said the accolade not only recognised the hard work she has put into her academic career, it had also given her an opportunity to continue her success.  

‘It is more than recognition of past achievements - it is an investment in my future. It is easy to acknowledge ones past accomplishments but it is a risk to put resources into their future. The Pius Langa scholarship donors have invested their resources in my education, and for that I am grateful.’ 

After she qualifies as a doctor, Deeplal plans to use her knowledge and skills to serve and uplift her community.  

Motivation to graduate and having a positive outlook about life keeps Deeplal going combined with the unconditional support from her family and friends that provides her with the drive to achieve her academic goals. 

She advises fellow students to remember that the challenges they face are only there to prepare them for what lies ahead. ‘Maintain a positive attitude, work hard and believe you have a purpose – the rest will fall into place.’ 

The 18-year old, who matriculated at Isipingo Secondary School, enjoys reading, playing chess and swimming. ‘I am passionate about helping others and serving my community. This was my primary reason for choosing to study Medicine.’  

She lives at home with her parents and two older siblings; ‘My family is highly supportive and it is their love and encouragement that have allowed me to achieve many academic successes.’

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UKZN Cricketer Earns University’s Prestige Sports Scholarship

UKZN Cricketer Earns University’s Prestige Sports Scholarship
Mr Schalk Willem Wentzel Gordon (left) with the Executive Director of Corporate Relations, Mr Lesiba Seshoka.

A member of the UKZN Howard College Cricket Team and the KZN Mynah Hockey Team, Mr Schalk Willem Wentzel Gordon, is a UZKN Prestige Sports Scholarship winner. 

This scholarship is awarded for outstanding achievement in sports at international, national or provincial levels.  ‘The award is a blessing, I am so grateful,’ said Gordon. 

He said his parents were proud of him for getting the scholarship and were happy about the financial relief it will bring. ‘They don’t need to worry anymore about how they're going to get me through Varsity!’ 

The award means a lot to Gordon. ’I can now further my studies in my field of interest while still being able to take part in my passion - hockey and cricket. It also means I am able to help my family financially.’ 

Gordon’s passion for the game keeps him going, ‘I really do love my sport as it keeps me busy and I get to meet so many new people and create stronger bonds with others I already know.’

His future plans are to make the senior KZN Raiders Hockey Team, continue to perform for the Howard College Cricket Team in the premier division and most importantly complete his degree.  

‘To my fellow student, nothing pays off more than genuine hard work, academically and in sport. Recognise what you need to do to get to where you want to be and work towards it with your full capacity.’  

He thanked the donors of the scholarship for giving him an opportunity to study and pursue his sporting passions with the added bonus of removing financial stress from his parents; ‘If it was not for this scholarship I doubt I would have been studying this year. This opportunity really does mean the world to me and I hope I can keep representing the university and making its name stand out for all the right reasons.’ 

Gordon comes from a sport loving family and coaches with his brother during their spare time. ‘Personally I am a bit of a quiet person who likes to get things done the right way no matter how long it takes. I am obviously very outdoors orientated but I do enjoy a good movie at home on the couch from time to time.’ 

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Scholarship Allows Student to Reach for her Dreams!

Scholarship Allows Student to Reach for her Dreams!
Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship recipient, Ms Selina Konar.

The scholarship has given me the ability to complete my dream of becoming a doctor, says Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship recipient, Ms Selina Konar. 

The scholarship is awarded to the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year study in each of the four Colleges. The recipients are therefore the top students among several thousand colleagues in each College of the University.   

‘Being awarded this scholarship enables me to continue with my MBChB  studies. Previously my financial constraints would have not allowed me to complete my degree,’ said Konar. ‘This scholarship has given my family the support we need to enable me to continue with my studies to become a doctor. 

She said she was grateful to UKZN for recognising her hard work, ‘This scholarship motivates me to achieve greater heights as I know that UKZN sees the potential in me.’ 

Konar says as a future doctor she wants to see illness from the patients’ perspective and not just from the disease presented. ‘I want to serve the community selflessly, build doctor patient relationships and become an advocate for health promotion. Being awarded this scholarship makes me believe in humanity. I want to be a role model to future students who aspire to become doctors. My plan is to treat all people equally irrespective of their financial background.’ 

It’s not the first time Konar has received a UKZN scholarship. When she was in Grade 11 she was awarded the Entrant Merit Scholarship. ‘I was inspired to study at the UKZN as they recognised my academic potential at a young age,’ she said.

Konar advised fellow students to identify goals in life, ‘When you understand where you want to see yourself in the future then all you need to do is work towards it. The path is always difficult and challenges will arise, however you need to be determined to reach your goal. The idea is not to compete with others; rather it’s about learning to build yourself from all experiences. The good and the bad.’  

She thanked the donors of the award, ‘I truly appreciate it as without this scholarship I might have not been able to complete my MBChB degree. In my eyes they have not just given me a scholarship, but helped fulfil my childhood dream of becoming a doctor.’ 

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Another Prestigious Award for High-Performing Student

Another Prestigious Award for High-Performing Student
Ms Tayla Henry (left) received the 2015 College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Award.

The former recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship Award, third year Sports Science student Ms Tayla Henry, has received the 2015 College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Award. 

‘It was a huge surprise to get this scholarship. I certainly was not expecting it at all. However, it is humbling to know that my hard work is paying off.’

She said her family was very proud of her achievements and supported her tremendously in her studies and all aspects of life.

College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are awarded to the three top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from second year to subsequent years of study.

To Henry the award means that all the long and tiring hours she put into her studies are paying off. ‘It shows that with hard work and a positive attitude, anything is possible.’ 

Henry plans to finish her third-year of studies at the same high academic level she is currently achieving and then graduate at the end of the year; ‘Next year I would like to study at postgraduate level to expand my knowledge further. 

‘The constant support from my family and friends certainly keeps me going. Additionally, making time for relaxation and non-academic activities keeps me balanced and on top of my game when it is time for academic work.’

She advised fellow students to consistently work hard throughout the year. ‘Even just a few minutes a day reading over notes is hugely beneficial in the long run. Ask for help straight away when unsure of a concept. I found that forming study groups is hugely valuable.’  

She thanked the funders of the scholarship for the opportunity; ‘Please continue this tradition of awarding bursaries in the years to come so other students can benefit as well.’  

She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets as well as reading, playing sport and coaching rhythmic gymnastics. She also enjoys travelling and exploring new places.

Henry lives with her parents and younger brother, who is in matric. ‘My father, being a teacher, instilled in me the knowledge that hard work and dedication is hugely rewarding. 

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Pharmacy Student Receives Pius Langa Award

Pharmacy Student Receives Pius Langa Award
Mr Travis Lee.

It is such an honour to receive the prestigious Pius Langa Scholarship award, says BPharm student. Mr Travis Lee Ajodha. 

The scholarship, awarded to top performing new undergraduate entrants, is named after the renowned former Chief Justice of South Africa, the last Chancellor of the University of Natal and the first Ombud of UKZN.  

‘It was such euphoric feeling when I got the news and I felt blessed,’ said Ajodha. His family was proud and equally happy about his achievement.

He said the scholarship was a blessing from God, ‘I believe He is the one that provided it for my hard work.  God is my strength and keeps me going while my family are my pillars and they keep me motivated always.’ 

Ajodha advised his fellow students to persevere and to do their very best, ‘We all have the potential to achieve, and we just need to fix our eyes on the prize.’ 
He said he was extremely grateful to the award funders, ‘I pray that they stay blessed and continue to change students’ lives.’

Ajodha loves studying, watching TV, spending time with his family, going to church and playing chess. ‘I have two amazing parents who are my inspiration and three siblings who are my best friends.

‘In life we may not always win but sometimes it's not only the winners but also the sacrifices and efforts that become legendary,’ he said.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for MBChB Student

Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for MBChB Student
Mr Dimitrije Mamontov with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter.

A former recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship, MBChB student Mr Dimitrije Mamontov, has now been awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.

‘The Scholarship was a shock the first time around, I didn’t even know I was eligible for any scholarships this year. It was an amazing surprise in a very stressful week of tests and deadlines,’ said Mamontov.

He said his family was thrilled and delighted and really proud and excited that he will be the first doctor in the family.

College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are awarded to the three top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from second year to subsequent years of study.

‘To me, this Scholarship is about so much more than the financial reward, It represents an acknowledgment of my hard work and an indication that I am well on my way to achieving my goals,’ said an exited Mamontov.

Mamontov is not yet sure what field of medicine he wants to specialise in; ‘My goal is to graduate with my MBChB with competence in all fields and be the best physician I can possibly be.’

 ‘I am very privileged to have been accepted into medicine and am driven to take full advantage of this opportunity.’

He advised his fellow students to work hard, work consistently and never compromise on their goals. He also thanked the University and the scholarship funders for giving him the opportunity to do what he loves.

Mamontov’s parents arrived in South Africa as immigrants from Serbia (then Yugoslavia) about 25 years ago.

‘On a more light-hearted note, I’m really obsessed with cats, I want to pet and name every feral cat on campus before I leave,’ he said.

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Education student lands coveted Hugh Africa Scholarship

Education student lands coveted Hugh Africa Scholarship
Ms Nothando Shezi.

Bachelor of Education student Ms Nothando Shezi has scooped the prestigious Hugh Africa Scholarship, awarded annually to a top new entrant choosing to study Education at UKZN.

Shezi and her family lauded the University and the scholarship donors. ‘I feel very grateful, blessed and honoured to receive this scholarship. It means so much to my mum and I as she is unemployed and wasn’t able to pay my fees. This scholarship will allow me to be able to further my studies and be able to provide for my mum once I have graduated and started working.

‘I will now be able to afford my study and transport fees.’

Shezi believes her hard work and dedication towards her studies at UKZN will pay off and she’ll be able to take care of her family while making a success of her life and inspiring other students, friends and family to strive for success and to reach their goals.

She plans to work diligently in her studies, be a committed, graduate with excellent academic results and be an educator who will be both a mentor and role model to prospective learners. She also plans to give back to her community.

Shezi’s love for teaching brought her to the University where she is currently pursuing her BEd in the Foundation and Intermediate phase. ‘I want to make a difference in the lives of young people by educating our future leaders, building a foundation that will ensure they are educated and to be moral citizens of South Africa.’

Expressing gratitude to the donors, she said: ‘I am so thankful for being awarded the scholarship and given the opportunity to further my studies and hopefully enjoy a bright future as an educator in South Africa. I thank God, the donors and my family and friends. I will work hard in my studies and not disappoint anyone.’

Melissa Mungroo


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Humanities Masters students get Rick Turner Scholarship

Humanities Masters students get Rick Turner Scholarship
Mr Obadiah Moyo is one of the recepients of the Cecil Renauld Overseas Scholarship.

Masters students Mr Obadiah Moyo and Mr Joseph Okeke were awarded the Rick Turner Scholarship at a glitzy UKZN Scholarships ceremony.

The Rick Turner scholarship was established to honour the memory and contribution made by Dr Rick Turner to the discipline of political science at the University and his much wider contribution to civil society.

This award is directed at excellent postgraduate students in the broad disciplines of Politics and Labour Studies, but who also exhibit a depth of community engagement.

Speaking about attaining the scholarship, Moyo said, ‘Being awarded this scholarship is a dream come true because I always knew that I have what it takes to achieve academic greatness. However, I was aware of the fact that my parents did not have the means to ensure I get the opportunities.

‘With that said, the scholarship is everything to me because I have been granted the opportunity that I have been praying for and I am ready to use it to the very best of my capabilities.’

Okeke views the scholarship as an encouragement in his academic career. ‘Through the scholarship and all that Dr Rick Turner stood for, I want to use the knowledge acquired in my studies and be able to make a difference, and touch the lives of people in more significant ways.’

He believes that the scholarship is important as it supports the students who are in financial constraint. ‘Knowing that we are being supported financially to realise our academic goals, is a great source of motivation in one’s studies.’

Both students are keen to pursue their studies further and in the future, be more involved and active in community engagement.

Melissa Mungroo


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UKZN Awards Prestigious Scholarships

UKZN Awards Prestigious Scholarships
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Professor Renuka Vithal, Distinguished students, Ms Domonique De Klerk and Mr Musa Kika with the UKZN Vice-Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld.

A total of 120 out of 5000 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) prestigious scholarships and bursaries were awarded to top achieving students during the University’s Annual Scholarships Awards Ceremony, held at Westville campus’s Main Hall on 26 August, in recognition of outstanding academic excellence and achievement in sport.

Scholarships are awarded on a fiercely competitive basis in which merit is the most important criterion. The students finally recognised are the very best of thousands of hopefuls. The scholarships awarded are largely funded by the university and by donors and demonstrates the calibre of students choosing to study at UKZN.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning and Chair of the Scholarships Committee, Professor Renuka Vithal highlighted the University’s commitment in supporting students with funding and rewarding excellence.

She said the scholarships are awarded in three categories which include have come in undergraduate; people already in undergraduate and to postgraduate students.

She added this is the second year the University has awarded the Sport’s Scholarships and highlighted the new scholarships that were started in 2015.

Mr Musa Kika and Ms Domonique De Klerk were each awarded the Distinguished Student Awards. This prestigious award is based on nominations from staff or students in the University. It recognises and rewards students with outstanding academic achievement together with excellence in community engagement or University service as reflected in the vision, mission and goals of the University.

Two awards are made each year to the most talented, caring and exceptional graduates and young leaders from final year undergraduate or honours level who have been judged as being most exemplary in embodying the ideals and attributes that the University seeks to create in every graduate.

The Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship was, in 2015, renamed to the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship, after the former first Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This scholarship is awarded to five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year of study in each of the four Colleges.

For the first time at UKZN, the prestigious Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship was awarded to a black African female. The recipient is Miss Thomzonke Zungu who plans to pursue a Masters of Social Sciences – Industrial Psychology. The scholarship, named after Sir Charles George Smith’s wife, provides postgraduate scholarship opportunities for top-performing female students to study abroad and is valued at around R600 000.

Another highlight of this year’s awards event was the introduction of a new scholarship with a focus on transformation. The Talent Excellence and Equity Scholarship is being offered for the first time to top black African students intending to pursue an academic career at UKZN. This prestige award made from the University’s own funds enables the University to identify potential talent with intention to grow the next generation of academics.

The prestige undergraduate scholarships, awarded to the three top-performing undergraduate students in the entire University – were all women.

Miss Rashalia Pather (Bachelor of Music) is the top Undergraduate student receiving the Lawrence and Constance Robinson Scholarship. This award goes to the best single undergraduate student in the entire University.

Vithal highlighted that this year was an achievement as the award hardly goes to the College of Humanities.

Miss Zahra Essack (Bachelor of Science) took second place receiving the Brenda M Gourley Scholarship. Miss Jyoti Maharaj (Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting) came in third place receiving the UKZN 100th Anniversary Scholarship.

Former UKZN Top Scholar, Mr Ntokozo Qwabe was the Guest Speaker at the event. Qwabe was recipient of the Distinguished Student Award and the Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship at the 2014 Awards Ceremony. In the same year he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, with which he undertook a year of study at Oxford University in England.

In his address, Qwabe encouraged students to strive to do better and be better no matter what circumstances they face. “In all the spaces we move around we must be conscious of why we are there and show up. I was a trolley operator, a till packer and a cashier. I thought I hit rock bottom but I showed up in what I did, you must always strive to show up,” he said. Qwabe also encouraged students to ensure that they all take on a leadership role in their communities, “take leadership and ascend to a call of duty,” he said.

Among the guests was the former Vice Chancellor, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, Mrs Louise Africa, wife of the late Hugh Paul Africa and Mr Ernest Africa, brother of the late Hugh Paul Africa.

The recipient of the Hugh Africa Scholarship was Ms Nothando Shezi. The Hugh Africa Scholarship is made annually to a top new entrant choosing to study Education at UKZN and named after Professor Hugh Africa, a distinguished educationist and a former Vice-Chancellor, member of UKZN Council, and UKZN honorary doctorate recipient.

Sithembile Shabangu and Sejal Desai


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