Frene Ginwala Scholar - A Dream Come True

Frene Ginwala Scholar - A Dream Come True
College of Law and Management Studies Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Managay Reddi shaking hands with Frene Ginwala scholarship recipient Ms Nomfundo Khawula.

Overcoming the hardships of losing both parents at an early age and having to live off and share the little amount of foster care grant with her siblings, makes being awarded the Frene Ginwala Scholarship a bittersweet achievement for Bachelor of Commerce student, Ms Nomfundo Khawula.

Khawula, who hails from Durban’s Umlazi Township, had always dreamed of making a success of her life and improving the unfavourable living conditions at home.

‘Receiving the scholarship means success. I came with nothing to university but my potential and hard work made me pull through and succeed’, said Khawula. She believes that the scholarship will be helpful in terms of purchasing her prescribed books and also relieve the financial burden of paying for her tuition fees.

The Frene Ginwala Scholarship recognises top Black African female entrants arriving at the University as new undergraduate students.

Khawula, who matriculated in 2016 from Embizweni High School, a disadvantaged school in Umlazi, was recognised for her outstanding performance at an awards function hosted by eThekwini Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede at the Durban ICC in January this year after obtaining six A’s and was ranked second in the Top Ten achievers from disadvantaged schools.

‘I was very happy to see my hard work being appreciated especially by the eThekwini Mayor and all other Department of Education executives.’

Looking to the future, Khawula dreams of becoming a Financial Director and businesswoman so as to improve her family’s living conditions as well as contribute to improving the country’s unemployment rate.

‘My mission is to change the unfavourable situation at home and in my community and to act as a role model to the young ones and show them that all is possible through hard work and commitment. I want to be the first graduate in my family and to be a well-known businesswoman in South Africa’, she said.

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Scholarship Motivates Recipient to Excel Academically

Scholarship Motivates Recipient to Excel Academically
College of Law and Management Studies Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Managay Reddi congratulating Frene Ginwala scholarship recipient Ms Siphiwokuhle Sibiya.

The constant worry about not being able to afford tuition fees led to Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, Ms Siphiwokuhle Sibiya not enjoying her first semester at university. However, all that is in the past now thanks to the Frene Ginwala Scholarship which has lifted the burden of outstanding fees.

‘I have been struggling with my studies because I did not  have the prescribed books and I did not receive my first semester results due to outstanding fees and so receiving the Frene Ginwala Scholarship means my financial worries are now over and I can focus on my studies,’said Sibiya.

Sibiya says that as difficult as her first semester has been, she has kept her eye on the prize and forging ahead towards realising her dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant. Matriculating in 2016 from Tholokuhle High School in Richards Bay with seven distinctions which she says was a life-changing moment for her.

‘Seven distinctions is no child’s play. I worked very hard and had sleepless nights because I knew exactly what I wanted; to leave a mark for myself’, said Sibiya.

Sibiya says that receiving the Frene Ginwala Scholarship means that her efforts are finally being recognised and her hard work is paying off.

‘Receiving the scholarship has encouraged me to excel in my studies in order to hopefully receive more awards like this in future but most importantly to pave the way to reaching my ultimate dream’, she said.

Sibiya’s future plans are set solely on completing her qualification through UKZN and being the most sought after chartered accountant in South Africa.

‘I plan to continue studying at UKZN because it is my university of choice, until I become a qualified chartered accountant and a successful businesswoman.’

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It’s Three in a Row for Brenda Gourley Scholarship Recipient

It’s Three in a Row for Brenda Gourley Scholarship Recipient
Ms Zakiyya Reheman.

Consistent hard work and academic excellence has yielded results for Law student, Ms Zakiyya Reheman who was awarded her third scholarship from the University at the recent Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

Having been awarded the Pius Langa Scholarship in 2015, the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship in 2016 Reheman has topped it off with the Brenda Gourley Scholarship this year.

The scholarship is awarded to the second ranked undergraduate student in the entire University.

‘Receiving the scholarship opens the door to various opportunities for me. Apart from it looking good on my CV, it also shows my prospective employers my dedication towards excelling and also eases the financial burden on my parents.’

Reheman says to receive the Brenda Gourley Scholarship, she had to maintain an A-aggregate in all her modules which was not easy.

‘Managing to obtain an average of 80% and above at university-level requires blood, sweat and tears and my greatest challenge has been believing in myself. Self-doubt has always crept up but I have not allowed it to cripple me,’said Reheman.

She attributes her strong-will and determination to the unwavering support from her family and friends.

‘I have a strong support system and my family and friends continue encouraging me to reach my full potential. I am also very grateful to UKZN for believing in me and awarding me this scholarship.’

Being a top achiever is not new to Reheman as she was DUX learner in Grade 7 and matriculated with seven A’s in 2014. Speaking about her qualification and her future plans, Reheman says she chose Law because she has always wanted to serve the public and ensure that people obtain the justice that they deserve.

‘I plan on maintaining my A-aggregate in my remaining years at university. In the future, I plan on working my way to the top at a prestigious Law firm.’

Reheman lives by the words of William Arthur Ward who said: ‘If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.’

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Pius Langa Scholarship Recipient- Focuses on the Positive Aspects in Life

Pius Langa Scholarship Recipient- Focuses on the Positive Aspects in Life
Ms Mishka Ramlagan.

Falling ill a few days before writing her final matric exams did not deter Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, Ms Mishka Ramlagan from achieving her best and being named one of the Top IEB (Independent Examinations Board) Achievers nationally. This achievement has earned her the Pius Langa Scholarship awarded at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony held recently.

‘Shortly before finals I had been suffering with bronchitis and had to be put onto a third course of antibiotics two days before my first exam.  This resulted in me losing out on a large amount of precious study and revision time.’

However, Ramlagan did not let her illness demotivate her, instead it pushed her to focus and not lose sight of her goals. She expressed great gratitude on receiving the scholarship as she believes it is what drives high academic performance in the country.

‘This prestigious award serves as a reminder to me that hard work does get rewarded and is the key to success which is why I strive to give off my best in any task’, she said.

Ramlagan attributes her determination and success to her supportive family and excellent teachers who have always helped her be the best and achieve honours in academics.

Looking to the future, Ramlagan plans to complete her qualification and proceed to qualify as a chartered accountant (CA). She enjoys travelling abroad whenever the opportunity arises to learn about other countries and their cultures. She also plans to get involved in community outreach projects to assist those who have not received the same opportunities she has.

‘I take great pride and joy from making a difference in the lives of those who have not been blessed with the same opportunities as myself by helping them during my vacation breaks with my time and knowledge.’

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Future CA’s Receive Scholarship Award

Future CA’s Receive Scholarship Award
The Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship recipients Mr Prenolin Govender, Ms Zahra Hoosen, Ms Safiyya Tootla and Mr Mohammed Mansoor.

Bachelor of Commerce students Ms Sallihah Arbee, Mr Prenolin Govender, Ms Zahra Hoosen, Mr Mohammed Mansoor and Ms Safiyya Tootla, say they will use the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship to cement their career aspirations of becoming chartered accountants.

The scholarship, which is named after the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is awarded to five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year of study in each of the four Colleges.

With their love and passion for numbers and economics being the common factor, the five students agree this very reason has motivated them to be part of the analytical and systematic accounting profession.

For Arbee, her love for numbers and the ability to scrutinize everything down to fine detail in a field such as auditing is one of the reasons she enjoys her commerce degree.

‘I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Chartered Accountants degree.  The fact that this qualification was a challenge to many people I had interacted with, motivated me to pursue and attempt to complete,’ she said.

Mansoor says he was motivated to become a chartered accountant because the commercial world is challenging and exhilarating. He believes his chosen career path will allow him to network with a variety of people with diverse backgrounds and cultures.

‘Accounting is one of my talents and it also is a field that I am extremely passionate about. I feel that by pursuing a career in chartered accountancy, I will be able to use my talent to thrive professionally and personally,’ he said.

With her family being extremely proud of her achievement, Tootla is thankful to UKZN for honouring her with this award as it motivated and gave her the confidence to keep performing optimally in her studies.

‘The recognition and appreciation shown by the University has given me a chance to repay my parents for the opportunities they have given me as they have always encouraged and supported me through my studies,’ said Tootla.

For Hoosen, loving what you study removes the “burden” of actually studying, making the task a natural part of everyday life even though being an extremely determined and dedicated individual has its benefits as well.

‘This award serves as a motivation for me to maintain and improve the high standard of work expected of me and continue to strive towards excellence,  because I’ve always felt that nothing is worth doing if it’s not done to one’s best,’ she said.

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Pius Langa Scholarship brings Financial Relief for BCom Student

Pius Langa Scholarship brings Financial Relief for BCom Student
Pius Langa scholarship recipient Mr Sriram Maharaj.

As the youngest of three siblings, the Pius Langa scholarship recipient and Bachelor of Commerce student Mr Sriram Maharaj is grateful that the scholarship will bring some financial relief to his parents.

‘Although my family is not destitute, there are three children that need tuition fees to be paid for by my parents and that takes its toll,’ said Maharaj.

The scholarship is awarded to students who were ranked in the top 10 in the province by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Education Department NSC examinations, or top nationally in the IEB matriculation examinations in 2016.

The bright spark who was the Dux in his matric year at Westville Boys High aspires to be a Chartered Accountant and is putting in the hard work and dedication necessary to achieve his career goals.

‘Accounting has always been a passion of mine since childhood. I find the entire area of study to be most intriguing and fascinating as I have always wanted to be involved in business and finance. This scholarship makes me feel empowered and independent as my personal achievements and hard work sponsor my education rather than being funded by my parents. I plan to graduate as a chartered accountant and get a steady job with a prestigious firm,’ he said.

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Scholarship Fuels Ambition for BCom Students

Scholarship Fuels Ambition for BCom Students
Acting Dean of Teaching and Learning: Professor Naven Chetty congratulates Ms Suwayfa Abdul Karrim, Ms Merissa Gopaul and Ms Yadika Dhaniram on their achievement.

For Bachelor of Commerce students, Ms Suwayfa Abdul Karrim, Ms Merissa Gopaul and Ms Yadika Dhaniram being awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship is the motivation they needed to fuel their ambitions.

Living in a single parent family means a lot of financial stress for Abdul Karrim hence this scholarship is a welcomed relief.

‘My mum, who has always been my motivation passed away when I was 16. As a single parent my dad tried his best to ensure I had everything I needed for my education but he cannot afford everything. The scholarship will make my life much less stressful. It is truly a blessing to receive the scholarship and I would like to say thank you to UKZN from the bottom of my heart,’ she said.

Abdul Karrim who admits that pursuing a BCom qualification can be challenging is very optimistic about what the future has in store for her.

‘I chose the BCom qualification because I want to be a chartered accountant and love the corporate world. I also enjoy living my life with integrity and that’s exactly what this qualification entails. My future plans include getting my degree this year and hopefully complete my honours. I then hope to complete my articles at one of the big five accounting firms,’ she said.

For Gopaul the scholarship is a validation of the hard work she has put into her studies and is motivation for her to work even harder. ‘Having this scholarship is not just of monetary value to me as receiving such a prestigious award will allow me to standout from other candidates in the job market therefore it has changed and enhanced my career opportunities,’ she said.

With becoming an entrepreneur being her ultimate career goal, Gopaul says she is looking forward to establishing herself as a leader in the commerce field.

‘I plan to be a businesswoman and to continue my studies as well as to better myself through focusing on business leadership. The commerce world provides many opportunities to add value and contribute to the economic growth of South Africa,’ she said.

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