Success Against All Odds for Frene Ginwala Scholarship Recipient

Success Against All Odds for Frene Ginwala Scholarship Recipient
Ms Thembelihle Thusi.

The challenges of being raised by an unemployed single mother sustaining a family on a seamstress’s income; sometimes having to go to school on an empty stomach and not having enough money for registration because of a lack of financial aid are the odds Frene Ginwala Scholarship recipient Ms Thembelihle Thusi faced in her pursuit of academic excellence.

The 18-year-old Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, who hails from Inanda’s KwaMshayazafe’s Township says that seeing how a lack of Higher Education limited opportunities for her mother increased her drive for success.

‘From a young age, my mom would tell me that she wished she could provide more for me and my older brother and was doing the best she could from the social grant and money she gets from selling the pinafores she sews,’ says Thusi. ‘Despite all of my family’s socio-economic challenges, my mom always made sure that I had everything I needed and I’ve never missed a day of school even if it meant going to school on an empty stomach as studying is more than just an option for me, it is a must and it still is,’ she added.

While this scholarship belongs to Thusi, she is however dedicating it to her mother, Winnie, for her unyielding support. Speaking about her daughter’s achievement, Thusi’s mother said that she believes that education will open a lot of doors for her child.

Said the proud mother, ‘My parents believed that a girl’s place was in the kitchen and therefore never encouraged me to go to school. I want better for my child because I know the struggles of not being able to get a decent job because you aren’t qualified. I know we don’t have a lot but with the support of our neighbours and the little that I make, she has never missed a day of school and we are surviving. Now thanks to her teachers at Inanda Newtown Comprehensive High School who collectively put money together for her to pay for her registration fees when financial aid hadn’t come through and now this scholarship, our financial burdens where her tuition is concerned will help immensely. My daughter is destined for a bright future.’

Speaking of her bright future, Thusi has ambitions of becoming a businesswoman and uplifting the community that supported her and her family. Her immediate goal remains pursuing a career as a chartered accountant.

 Words: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photograph: Supplied


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UKZN Doctoral Scholarship for iLembe Health District Deputy Director

UKZN Doctoral Scholarship for iLembe Health District Deputy Director
Ms Roshilla Sahadeo (right) celebrating her award with her supervisor, Professor Mogie Subban.

The Deputy Director responsible for Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, iLembe District, Ms Roshilla Sahadeo, is currently in the second-year of reading for a doctoral degree in Public Administration which is funded through the UKZN Doctoral Research Scholarship that is awarded to a maximum of only four top PhD candidates at UKZN.

Her PhD study builds on the Master’s Degree, obtained in 2015, and looks into the contemporary issue of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Health Service Delivery. ‘The current challenge is to expand attention of DRR administration for health from that of a reactive and recovery approach to a more pre-emptive slant which heightens preparedness and extenuation of public health services in the district,’ she said.

Sahadeo believes there is a need for an integrated framework to DRR. Working under the guidance of Professor Mogie Subban from the UKZN School of Management, IT and Governance, she is hopeful that her study will highlight the need for uninterrupted health service delivery amidst the cumulative occurrences of internal and external disaster threats currently within the health sector. ‘I am looking forward to accomplishing this milestone with the constant unwavering support of my good professor and supervisor,’ she said. The duo has achieved great strides since 2015 having published in accredited academic journals. Their paper titled 65 Disaster Risk Reduction Perspectives in Health Service Delivery in South Africa was featured in the International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity Studies, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2017. This publication followed the presentation at the 8th International Conference for Social Sciences which was held in Durban in 2017.

Sahadeo is currently preparing another research paper for presentation at the International Conference for Social Sciences in George, Western Cape, at the end of August 2018 which will be followed by attendance and participation at a conference to be hosted by the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management in Bloemfontein in September. Sahadeo and Subban plan to submit their papers for consideration for publication in DHET journals.

Subban is pleased with Sahadeo’s academic achievements, she said: ‘I am elated that my doctoral student Roshilla Sahadeo scooped a College Scholarship for her studies. She is a diligent and dedicated student and is making great strides and the right moves to accomplish her goal. I am grateful to the College Leadership and Dean for the support received.’

Sahadeo is also grateful to UKZN and the leadership of the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance for continued academic and financial support. ‘I am proud to be associated with the University which “Inspires Greatness”. I am so glad that I made UKZN my University of Choice,’ she said.

Sahadeo’s passion and commitment to her studies has inspired her children to also focus on their studies; with her son Samir currently pursuing studies as a medical student at UCT and her daughter, Sonum working hard to excel in high school.

Words: Hazel Langa 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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Brenda M Gourley Scholarship Award for Future CA

Brenda M Gourley Scholarship Award for Future CA
Mr Sriram Maharaj, recipient of the Brenda M Gourley Scholarship, receiving his award from UKZN Chief Finance Officer, Ms Nontuthuko Mbhele.

The Brenda M Gourley Scholarship is awarded to top performing undergraduate students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in recognition of exceptional academic performance.

Mr Sriram Maharaj, second-year Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, made the cut in the 2017 academic year when he was ranked the second best student at UKZN, thus earning him this prestigious undergraduate scholarship.

The scholarship is named after the first female Vice-Chancellor of the erstwhile University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) and it is befitting that it is awarded to a BCom Accounting student this year as Gourley is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an Emeritus Professor of Accounting and Finance. Noting the significance of the award Maharaj said, ‘I feel honoured to be associated with this world renowned academic and to receive an award of this magnitude in her honour is very inspiring.’

Maharaj dreams of making a meaningful and positive contribution to the business world and is confident that his studies in Accounting will enable him to realise his vision in the near future. 

While his studies are progressing fairly well thus far, he admits that the workload has increased in the second year but with support from his parents and two siblings, he is managing.

For the Durban born Maharaj, this award did not come as a surprise as he matriculated as DUX of Westville Boys’ High School in 2016. Some of his academic achievements include being placed fifth in KwaZulu-Natal on the basis of his matriculation results. While at UKZN, he has also been awarded the Pius Langa Scholarship during his first-year of study. He has received Dean’s commendations in every semester thus far and he has earned certificates of merit in nine different modules. He is also a recipient of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Award for being the top ranked first-year BCom Accounting student for the 2017 academic year.

‘My family are both proud of my achievements and thankful for the financial assistance it brings with regard to funding my studies,’ he said.

 Words: Hazel Langa 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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Future Looks Bright for Bachelor of Business Science students

Future Looks Bright for Bachelor of Business Science students
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship recipients, Ms Amy Wagner, Ms Mishka Mohanlall and Ms Revania Padayachee.

Bachelor of Business Science students Ms Mishka Mohanlall and Ms Revania Padayachee as well Bachelor of Commerce student Ms Amy Wagner will use the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship award as a stepping stone to a successful future in the field of Commerce.

Finance has always been part of Mohanlall’s life since her parents run a financial services brokerage from home. Being awarded a scholarship for top performance is validation that she chose the right career path. ‘My love for finance really began in high school where Mathematics and Accounting were my favourite subjects. I have always loved a challenge, and this made Business Science the obvious choice, since it would engage my mind and require me to think analytically. I believe that my love and passion for what I am studying is the reason behind my academic success. Being awarded this scholarship is an incredible honour, and it means the world to me since it recognises my dedication and diligence over the past few years. This scholarship has really shown me that hard work never goes unnoticed, and it has also motivated me to continue to strive for success,’ she said.

Looking to the future, Mohanlall is currently studying towards her Honours degree and believes that her degree has equipped her with a solid foundation that she will need for her future in the field of commerce.

As a finance tutor, Padayachee enjoys both teaching and learning at UKZN as well as setting a good example as an Honours student who believes in being consistent when it comes to good academic performance. ‘I worked consistently to ensure that I did not fall behind on course content. I am also quite disciplined in terms of my study routine and have dedicated an immense amount of time to my studies. My parents have worked and continue to work extremely hard to provide for my siblings and I. Therefore, being awarded this scholarship means a great deal to me as it relieves some of the financial pressure on them. I hope to one day pursue a career in investment banking and a Bachelor of Business Science degree is an excellent qualification to get into this field. This degree has allowed me to be accepted to attend the Nedbank Corporate Investment Banking internship in July this year,’ said Padayachee.

For Wagner, having the financial strain of both her parents losing their jobs the year before beginning her studies at UKZN was tough. It however motivated her to work even harder. ‘Since no amount of stressing made the situation any better, I quickly had to learn to use the situation as a motivation to work harder and strive to achieve a scholarship. Fortunately, my parents found work at the end of the year, my mom as a school teacher and my dad as a project engineer and were able to put me through university. Although I was saved from huge financial pressures, this experience has left me with a very high level of respect for those who work part-time to put themselves through university and pay off student loans. I truly admire their ambition and commitment to education. I would like to say a huge thank you to the sponsors for this scholarship, along with all my lecturers, tutors, classmates and of course UKZN for making this possible,’ said Wagner.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photographs: Rajesh Jantilal and supplied


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Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship to Transform Student’s Life

Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship to Transform Student’s Life
From left: Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship recipient Mr Bayabonga Zulu, with his mother Ms Fikile Ngcamu and brother Mr Mondli Zulu.

KwaMashu Township born and bred Mr Bayabonga Zulu is on a path to realise his dream of becoming an academic.

Zulu is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in the area of marketing management which is funded through the Archbishop Denis Hurley Scholarship that is awarded to academically excellent students reading for their Honours at UKZN.

Unlike many graduates coming from disadvantaged backgrounds who have to find employment immediately after completing their first degree, this scholarship has enabled Zulu to further his studies and he is grateful to the University for the financial support which his mother, Ms Fikile Ngcamu, would not have been in a position to fund. ‘My mother is the backbone to my life,’ he said. ‘Without her effort, I wouldn’t be where I am at today. She does not have a permanent job but works a vendor at KwaMashu Station and supports me and the entire family,’ added Zulu.

The various scholarships awarded by the University have transformed the lives of many students and their families. ‘My first career goal is to become a lecturer in the area of marketing and related fields because I was immensely influenced by my lecturer and current dissertation supervisor, Professor Maxwell Phiri,’ commented Zulu on the significance of the scholarship in his life.

His Honours dissertation looks at consumer behaviour in the automotive industry and he seeks to understand the characteristics and attributes that influence a consumer to purchase a particular car brand.

Commenting on the performance of his student Phiri said: ‘I have taught Bayabonga since his third-year on the Bachelor of Social Science programme (majoring in Marketing Management). He is passionate about his studies and is currently collecting data for his dissertation and attending lectures with a desire to graduate in April, 2019. He is progressing very well and will achieve his goal.’ The next goal for Zulu is to pursue a Masters degree after his honours and Phiri believes he has the potential to achieve this  as his performance shows determination and academic capability.

Expressing how he felt about the scholarship, he said, ‘Getting this scholarship is a great honour and distinction for me. Out of all the young people, I was selected as one of the greatest and deserving recipients. Furthermore, receiving the scholarship says that I am seen as having potential for the future of our society and world at large,’ he said.

Zulu is not an average performer, having received three merit certificates from the Disciplines of Political science, Marketing Management and Education and Professional Studies. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in education (PGCE-FET) and was nominated by his peers to be part of 2017 Top 40 Inspiring Students; an initiative of the Corporate Relations Division at UKZN.

His academic achievements are celebrated by his entire family, especially his mother who often calls him saying how happy and proud she is of him and reassures him that he is always in her prayers. Zulu hopes to assist his mother and family financially once he has completed his studies.

Words: Hazel Langa 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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Success On and Off the Field for UKZN’s Soccer Star

Success On and Off the Field for UKZN’s Soccer Star
Mr Conal Cone received the UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarship.

From the time he chose to take up soccer as a full-time sport in 2011, Bachelor of Commerce student and Maritzburg United FC soccer player Mr Conal Cone knew that he would have to find a way to balance his love for the game and numbers.

Fast forward to 2018, 18-year-old Conal is doing just that! The UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarship recipient whose impressive football career has seen him play an international tournament with the Golden Arrows under 19 team against renowned teams such as Arsenal and Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon in 2016 making this scholarship the cherry on top.

‘Balancing sport and studies has never been easy as sport requires a lot from your body, both physically and mentally, leaving very little energy to sit down and study. Luckily for me I also have a passion for learning new things in the classroom and that desire has carried me forward. I am forever grateful to UKZN for allowing me to pursue my studies. I can’t express how much the scholarship means to me as it allows me to chase my dreams both in the classroom and on the field,’ said Conal.

While his future plans include becoming a professional footballer in South Africa and later playing in Europe, Conal also plans to use his academic qualification to establish himself as a successful entrepreneur.

‘As of next year (my second-year) I would like to study economics as I believe in empowering and equipping myself to successfully run my own business one day. I would love to inspire many South Africans and show them that anything is possible and I hope to one day be in a position to do that.’ 

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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Hard Work and Dedication Pay Off for Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship Recipients

Hard Work and Dedication Pay Off for Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship Recipients
Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship Recipients Ms Kimberleigh Saamlaal, Mr Samukelo Cele and Ms Prinushlee Govender.

Transitioning from high school to university can be a hard adjustment, but College of Law and Management Studies students Mr Samukelo Cele (BCom), Ms Phumla Bala (BCom), Mr Nikhil Mothalall (BCom), Ms Prinushlee Govender (BBusScience) and Ms Kimberleigh Saamlaal (LLB) not only managed to make that successful transition, but their outstanding academic performance as the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first- to second-year in the College have earned them the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship.

For Cele, maintaining a good academic performance continues to yield good results as he was awarded a bursary by Port Shepstone High School to further his studies and is now a recipient of the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship.

‘When I heard that I got the scholarship, I was so shocked,’ he said. ‘I was just amazed that all the recognition I got back in high school was still continuing. In terms of financial need, what served me best was to work hard on my marks for possible funding and luckily, my efforts have paid off and what makes me so happy is that I can focus on my schoolwork without thinking about unpaid fees, withheld results and missed opportunities. My future plans are to qualify as a chartered accountant, a business mogul and motivational speaker,’ he said.

Relieving the weight of the financial burdens associated with her tuition off her mother’s shoulders is an opportunity Govender is grateful for. ‘My mother raised my two elder sisters and I as a single parent. I was encouraged by some of the staff in my faculty to keep up my good grades in order to get scholarships and bursaries so that I wouldn’t have to stress about finances and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve always been passionate about my education, so prioritising it came naturally I used that as part of my motivation to work diligently and prioritise my studies. Thankfully, it paid off and I was awarded this prestigious scholarship,’ said Govender. Looking to the future, Govender aims to use her business science qualification to pursue a career as a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal  


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UKZN Grows Its Own Timber to Transform Academia

UKZN Grows Its Own Timber to Transform Academia
UKZN Director of Human Resources Development, Ms Busisiwe Ramabodu congratulating the recipient of the Talent Excellence and Equity Scholarship, Mr Andile Khumalo.

In an effort to contribute towards the transformation of the academic landscape in South Africa, the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Human Resources Development Unit established the Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration Scholarship in 2014 which forms part of the University’s Graduate Development Programme.

The Scholarship targets top performing Undergraduate African students in their final year of study with the aim to nurture and groom them for academic positions at UKZN.

One of the 2018 recipients of this Scholarship is Master of Laws cum laude graduate, Mr Andile Khumalo, who has embarked on a PhD journey in order to contribute, in a meaningful way, to South Africa’s knowledge development. ‘I am passionate about the law and my dream is to contribute in some meaningful way towards the development of our country’s legal system, particularly in the sphere of Employment Law. I believe that labour is an integral aspect of life because it ultimately determines the quality of life that people eventually lead,’ he said.

Khumalo is currently employed as a Labour Legal Advisor at the Small Enterprise Employers of South Africa (SEESA) which is a labour consultancy firm in Durban. He believes that the exposure he is acquiring at SEESA will enable him to gain the necessary practical experience regarding the subject matter that forms the basis of his research for PhD and later make him a well-rounded scholar.

‘The Scholarship comes with many benefits, including coaching and mentoring that develops the candidates as academics,’ said Ms Busisiwe Ramabodu, Human Resources Development Director at UKZN. ‘The other major benefit is that each candidate is guaranteed an academic post at UKZN upon completion of their doctoral studies,’ she added.

Over the past four years, 20 out 35 recipients of the Scholarship are doctoral candidates, with the balance of the students pursuing Honours and Master’s degrees. One participant is already an employee at UKZN.

Khumalo is proud to be one of the recipients of this remarkable scholarship. ‘The scholarship’s aims and objectives are truly transformative and commendable. I feel particularly privileged to have been awarded the scholarship. I hope to make the most of it and become one of its success stories.’

As the eldest of two siblings, Khumalo is determined to be a good example to them and to inspire them to believe that anything is possible if they set their minds on it and work hard to achieve it.

Words: Hazel Langa 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal

 


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Academic Excellence A Way of Life for Frene Ginwala Scholarship Recipients

Academic Excellence A Way of Life for Frene Ginwala Scholarship Recipients
Frene Ginwala Scholarship recipients Ms Senamile Dlamini, Ms Nontuthuko Maphumulo and Ms Nontobeko Ntombela.

Being awarded a Frene Ginwala Scholarship means that you recognised as one of the top Black African female entrants coming into UKZN and this is a privilege that first-year Bachelor of Commerce Accounting students Ms Senamile Dlamini, Ms Thembelihle Thusi, Ms Nontuthuko Maphumulo, Ms Ntobeko Ntombela and Ms Ncomeka Mwelase do not take lightly.

For Dlamini, matriculating top of her class whilst at Pietermaritzburg’s Carter High School was a great achievement on its own and being awarded this scholarship is the cherry on top.

‘My mother took on the task of single-handedly raising me after the death of my father in 2005 so funding was one of the biggest challenges I faced when I was thinking about tertiary education. Being a recipient of this scholarship has certainly lightened the financial burden from my mother’s shoulders and makes me feel a sense of self-actualisation. I honestly do not believe I would have been able to achieve the matric results I did had it not been for my high school teachers’ hard work and dedication and my family’s support. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue an Honours degree and start the hard but rewarding journey towards becoming a chartered accountant,’ said Dlamini.

For Maphumulo attaining seven distinctions at Westville Girls’ High School was a difficult juggling act only achievable from hard work, dedication and the support of her family and teachers. ‘In matric, I was juggling quite a few commitments but I had to learn to find a balance between my academics and service to my school and church. The first term was particularly busy but I spent every spare moment at home going over my work so that I could continue producing results that I would be pleased with. Put simply, the three things that helped me (and continue to help me) with my (school) work are hard work, perseverance and diligence,’ said Maphumulo.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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UKZN Prestige Sport Scholarship for Karate Champion

UKZN Prestige Sport Scholarship for Karate Champion
Ms Kiara Lakaram, UKZN Prestige Sport Scholarship recipient.

Karate champion Ms Kiara Lakaram was awarded a UKZN Prestige Sport Scholarship for her outstanding achievement in the sport at an international, national and provincial level. The first-year Business Science student and seasoned Proteas athlete’s highlights include being captain of the University Sports South Africa female karate all styles team at the World University Games held in Japan in July and making the top five of the SKIF Karate World Cup held in Australia 2012 and again when they were held in Indonesia in 2016.

‘I have been a sport enthusiast from a young age and I did every single sport under the sun but karate was dear to me because it was something my dad and I did together. He taught me from a young age until I officially joined a club. Over time I became really committed to karate and I started competing at provincial and national level,’ said Lakaram.

Although Lakaram admits that balancing the demands of her sporting career and her academic career has been challenging but she also has no plans of slowing down either as she plans to use this scholarship to fund her studies which also include pursuing an MBA in the future thus freeing her tuition savings to invest in her sport.

‘Karate is a time consuming sport, but so is any sport if you are really passionate about it and go really far into it. It can be difficult balancing Karate and my academics but I’ve learnt to manage my time well from a very young age. I’ve had to make time to do my training and get my assignments done on time. This scholarship means a lot to me as it allows me to use that saved up money to invest in karate and travel globally as part of the national team. It also gives me the opportunity to follow my passion for karate and bring pride to the country I represent,’ she said.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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