Humanities Students Awarded Prestige Sports Scholarship

Humanities Students Awarded Prestige Sports Scholarship
From left: Ms Brie Terry Parker, Ms Courtney Bolt, Mr Brogan Boulle and Mr Ashley De Beer. Also pictured is Mr Mikaeel Mirza.

College of Humanities students Mr Ashley De Beer, Mr Brogan Boulle, Ms Courtney Bolt, Ms Brie Terry Parker, Mr Mfan’fikile Dlamini and Mr Mikaeel Mirza were awarded UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarships for outstanding achievements in sports at provincial, national and international levels.

De Beer, who plays for Golden Arrows Football Club, was thrilled to be able to now study at UKZN. He sees getting a degree as vital in order to be successful. ‘The scholarship will assist me in achieving one of my biggest goals which is financial independence. I will be able to give my future children the best opportunities in life. It will also open doors on the sporting front,’ said De Beer. He attended Carter High School in Pietermaritzburg where he represented KwaZulu-Natal in football for four years. He now plans to complete his degree in Social Sciences and is looking forward to postgraduate studies in the future.

Boulle, who plays rugby for Sharks U19, is honoured to receive the scholarship. ‘My family and I are so grateful. Receiving the scholarship is a great help financially as I can study and play rugby for UKZN,’ he said. Boulle played First Team Rugby from 2015 to 2017 and filled the position of Vice Captain at Westville Boys’ High. He was selected for provincial representation. Boulle also played First Team Rugby Sevens and took part in Athletics; receiving Honours for Rugby and Full Colours for Rugby 7s. ‘I have told people what an amazing institution UKZN is. It allows me to participate in the Varsity Cup Rugby tournament which betters my rugby experience,’ he said. 

Bolt, who played netball for KZN U18 in 2016, KZN Midlands U23 in 2017 and KZN Midlands U19 in 2018, attended Westville Girls High and was Captain for Action Netball, part of the Swimming Squad and made Vice-Captain for KZN Midlands Action Netball team in 2018. ‘During my matric year, I had terrible headaches and had to undergo surgery. Due to the headaches, I was not able to participate in sport, but when I was awarded the scholarship, it gave me another reason to push through and to prove not only to myself, but to other people that I am good at what I do and I have the strength and determination to get through it,’ she said. She plans on getting her Doctorate in either Criminology or Psychology and sees scholarships of this nature as important for ‘budding sportswomen to be able to study and play sport as well as give them that boost of self-confidence.’

Parker, who swims for the South Africa Youth Team, is excited about receiving the scholarship. She was home-schooled and completed her matric through Cambridge. ‘I have always maintained a balance between my academic dreams and my sport ambitions.’ Parker is a competitive swimmer and currently ranks in the top 20 in South Africa. She plans to pursue her dream of swimming in the Olympics and become a Sports Psychologist.

Dlamini plays football SA U20. He considers this scholarship a blessing to him and his family. ‘It really means a lot. I can focus more on my studies and continue to excel in sports and represent UKZN.’ Dlamini went to Pinetown Boys High where he was captain of the soccer team. He won Player of the Tournament in the Kloof tournament and Sportsman of the Year at school in Grade 12. He also represented the province at various sporting competitions. His future plans include playing football professionally for the PSL and to, one day, sign to an international football club.

Mirza, who plays badminton SA U19, feels a deep sense of happiness and relief knowing that his education is now taken care of financially. His dream is to play in the Olympics. ‘Badminton is a very costly sport to play. In order for me to qualify for the Olympics, I have to play many tournaments both internationally and nationally and have the means to pay for the training and equipment. This was always very difficult to do whilst pursuing a degree at university,’ said Mirza. He hopes to find sponsors to invest in his dream of competing in the Olympics. He attended Durban High School, participating in multiple sports such as soccer, basketball, swimming, athletics badminton, rugby and squash. As a badminton player, he went on to win silver at the All Africa games in his final year of captaincy.

The students are thankful to the University and the sponsors of the scholarship. They have vowed to continue to excel both on the sports fields and in the academic arena.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photographs: Rajesh Jantilal and Mikaeel Mirza


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Education Student Defies the Odds to Receive Distinguished Student Award

Education Student Defies the Odds to Receive Distinguished Student Award
College of Humanities UKZN Distinguished Student awardee, Ms Zanemvula Duma.

Education Honours student, Ms Zanemvula Duma, is the proud recipient of the prestigious UKZN Distinguished Student Award which rewards and recognises students with outstanding academic achievement together with excellence in community engagement or exceptional university service as reflected in the University’s vision, mission and goals.

This scholarship award is unique in the sense that it is based on nominations from staff for students in the University and is funded by the Institution’s Teaching and Learning Office.

Duma is the first student from the School of Education to receive the award. ‘This award is directed at the goals I have,’ she said proudly. ‘There is deep meaning in this for me and validation in my pursuit to bring change to many lives. Charity begins at home and the world tomorrow, because we need each other as a global family. My family, especially my mother, is so proud. When I called her to deliver the news, she sang and cried with joy. For my parents, it is pride and joy accompanied by validation that I will achieve the goals I always speak of. I rarely ever celebrate my achievements but this calls for a celebration,’ she said.

Duma attended Umzinto Secondary School where she excelled in both academic and leadership roles. She also sang gospel music; competing at provincial competitions. Despite facing financial difficulties, she proved her academic prowess at UKZN. ‘In my search for financial assistance, I knocked on so many doors and each one was shut,’ said Duma. Adding to that strain, she suffered from depression after the passing away of her sister in 2011. ‘That was, by far, the most difficult time in my life. My social anxieties were at their peak. Community and university service have since helped me to overcome many of my social anxieties,’ she said.

The Scholarship will not only give Duma financial freedom but will also enable her to give back to her community and university by donating part of the award to the organisation/s of her choice. ‘Choosing just one or two organisations to give back to will be a very difficult task as all the organisations that I have been involved in are more than deserving,’ she said.

She thanked her family and friends for their support and UKZN for awarding her the scholarship. ‘Do things for people without expectation and watch the universe do greater things for you,’ she said.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal

 


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Humanities Master’s Students Scoop Rick Turner Scholarships

Humanities Master’s Students Scoop Rick Turner Scholarships
Rick Turner Scholarship recipients (from left) Mr Comfort Ngcobo, Ms Samukelisiwe Ndaba, Mr Zakhele Thobela, Mr Seluleko Ngcobo and Ms Nonjabulo Maseko.

Humanities Master’s students Ms Nonjabulo Maseko, Ms Samukelisiwe Ndaba, Mr Zakhele Thobela, Mr Seluleko Ngcobo and Mr Comfort Ngcobo were awarded the Rick Turner Scholarship during the UKZN Scholarship Awards 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, Maseko said, ‘It means a lot. A burden has been offloaded. This scholarship will make a huge difference and assist me towards my tuition fees and my research.’ Maseko attended Silver Heights Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg where she dominated on the sports field and classroom. She hopes to one day be a lecturer and contribute to the growing body of research in her field of social sciences.

Thobela sees scholarships of this nature as important ‘because they can help the needy and educate people about heroes like Rick Tuner.’ He is grateful for the opportunity to continue with his studies and not have to worry over finances. ‘When I broke the news to my parents, they were so happy. It has given us much hope for a better tomorrow,’ he said. Thobela went to Shallcross Secondary School, Chatsworth, where he excelled academically and was a mentor to other learners.

For Ndaba, this scholarship is a reward of her hard work, determination and sacrifice. ‘Being awarded the scholarship is not just about receiving funds to reduce the financial burden. For me, it is essential as it tells me that I have been recognised as a symbolic change in the future of our society,’ she said. Ndaba attended Emfundweni High School at Thirst Farm, Dannhauser. ‘Coming from rural areas where schools still lack proper facilities and infrastructure; there were little things done besides teaching. In future, I want to have an organisation that gives back to the community,’ she said. 

Ngcobo deemed 2018 as the hardest year in terms of his studies as he did not know how he would pay for his tuition fees. ‘I’m currently struggling to support myself at residence; even to meet basic needs. The prospect of having to pay fees left me numb. I had no motivation whatsoever for academic excellence and was fixated on getting a job to pay my fees so I could graduate,’ he said. Ngcobo is now free of financial woes and is motivated to excel academically, much like he did at Isolemamba Senior Secondary School in Umbumbulu.

Ngcobo (Comfort) is also grateful for his scholarship. His father is the breadwinner at his home; earning very little to support the family. Without this scholarship, he would not have been able to pay his son’s fees. ‘My parents are happy. It’s one less financial burden they have to worry about,’ said Ngcobo (Comfort), who went to Wiggins Secondary School in Cato Manor where he excelled academically and shined in many leadership roles. His advice to other students is, ‘Work hard and always put God first.’

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

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship for Theology Student

Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship for Theology Student
Mr Francis Bobaikuu, Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship awardee.

Honours student in Theology, Mr Francis Bobaikuu from the College of Humanities was recently awarded the Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship.

This scholarship allows disadvantaged but academically excellent candidates to read for Honours degrees.

The Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Scholarship is provided by the Archbishop Denis E. Hurley Educational Trust and is dedicated to academically disadvantaged but excellent candidates to read for Honours degrees. Selected candidates’ study areas, community involvement, leadership qualities and ethical vision must resonate with the life, spirit and accomplishments of the late Archbishop Denis E. Hurley who is a former UKZN Chancellor.

The Ghanaian-born Bobaikuu said, ‘I am delighted to be awarded this scholarship. It will help me pay for tuition fees, accommodation, food and stationery. Scholarships such as these assist needy but brilliant students to achieve our dreams,’ he said. 

Bobaikuu chose UKZN as he believes it is an outstanding university in South Africa and Africa which inspires the youth to achieve their dreams. ‘My area of study is also highly promoted in UKZN,’ he added.

Asked about his future plans, Bobaikuu said, ‘I plan to pursue my Master’s and PhD degrees. I wish to share knowledge acquired as well as the word and love of God with other people as a trained teacher.’

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Supplied


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Hardworking Humanities Students Awarded College DVC Scholarships

Hardworking Humanities Students Awarded College DVC Scholarships
College of Humanities Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients Ms Jade Jessie Moodley and Ms Avuya Ngcaweni.

Three undergraduate students from the College of Humanities are over the moon after receiving this year’s coveted College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.

The students are Ms Tasmiyah Oumar, Ms Avuya Ngcaweni and Ms Jade Moodley.

Oumar, a Psychology student, was ecstatic saying, ‘I’m still in shock. I honestly didn’t think I would make it this far. My first year of high school began as a home-schooled student. Nobody could ask for a better teacher than their mother. But as the academic intensity was increasing, we decided that it may be better to attend a mainstream institution, Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls and then Nizamia Islamic School.’

Attending high school was challenging for Oumar but she prevailed. ‘Anxiety and other mental illnesses seem trivial to many and unfortunately, we don’t understand just how debilitating they can be. But with the help of the Almighty, I made it through each year, and because of this, my every achievement, be it big or small, is valued greatly,’ she said. Oumar plans to pursue her postgraduate studies in Psychology, saying, ‘Whilst this is not an easy path, it is something I’ve aspired towards as I feel the need not only to help others, but to create more awareness about mental health especially to rural communities. I pray and hope I can give back to the less fortunate,’ she said.

Music student, Ngcaweni, is also thrilled to receive the scholarship. ‘I feel very happy. This has inspired me to work harder. It has also proven many people, who said that said I won’t make it – wrong! It means that my family will not pay a cent. It means that my mother, who is a single parent, will never have to worry about my fees. It gives me great joy to see my mother this happy. This scholarship is everything,’ she said with joy.

While a learner at Umlazi Secondary school, Ngcaweni got to perform with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) at the age of 15; landing her three more performances with them. ‘I was also doing well in my studies so my teachers and mom supported me,’ she said. In the next five years, Ngcaweni plans to be the youngest opera performer with an Honours, Master’s and PhD degree. ‘I want to hold masterclasses encouraging young minds to work for what they want because nothing comes without hard work. I want by then to have at least three foundations sponsoring children who work hard but do not have financial aid or any assistance,’ she said. 

Social Sciences student Moodley was also overjoyed saying, ‘The feeling is indescribable in knowing that I am recognised as a student with potential.’ Moodley grew up in a single-income household in which it was often a battle to pay for school fees every year. During vacation breaks, she worked at Barons Volkswagen, taking customer service calls so she could contribute towards paying for her studies. ‘All hopes and aspirations were not lost. I believed that someday something marvellous would happen in my life,’ she said. Moodley’s family is also proud of her and sees her achievements as a blessing. ‘It is much more than my family could have anticipated. In our many talks of one day having a financial door open for me, even if it meant a student loan, we never realised that I would achieve much more than envisaged. A scholarship! Something that does not come easily,’ she added.

Moodley attended Heather Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg where she excelled academically. Her passion for science and the environment saw her placed second in the school’s Science and Environmental Week competition, as well as representing the school in the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Mini Model United Nations Conference. She also participated in the SAIIA Rhino Poaching Debate and was a school Blood Representative for the South African National Blood Services (SANBS).

The students are grateful for the scholarship and thanked the funders. They plan to pursue their dreams and one day be agents of change in their respective communities.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Supplied


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Hugh Africa Scholarship Empowers Education Students

Hugh Africa Scholarship Empowers Education Students
Mr Ayanda Professor Msani, Hugh Africa Scholarship recipient

Dedication and hard work paid off for two deserving Education students, Mr Ayanda Professor Msani and Mr Tumelo Nkomo who were both awarded the prestigious Hugh Africa Scholarship recently.

The Scholarship is named after Professor Hugh Africa, a distinguished educationist and former UKZN member of Council and Honorary Doctorate Recipient. The scholarship is awarded annually to a top new entrant choosing to study education at UKZN.

Msani, a former Khanya High School pupil from Umzinto was elated, saying, ‘With this scholarship, my family doesn’t have to worry about paying my fees. It has inspired me to work even harder for greater rewards. In matric, I sacrificed a lot of activities and time just for my books because I wanted to excel and hopefully receive funding. Coming from a home where no one is employed is a challenge but it has never drained my hope for a better future.’

Hard work isn’t new to Msani as he has always excelled academically in high school and participated in various leadership roles such as a Representative Council Leader (RCL) committee Chairperson and Head Boy, as well as being a youth leader at his church. ‘Being a student at one of the most respected institutions (UKZN) is an honour and the fact that I got to enrol for my dream career is the cherry on top. I have always wanted to be a teacher from a very young age,’ he said. 

Msani is thankful for the scholarship, extending his appreciation to the donors for their kind contributions towards making South Africa a better country through awarding deserving students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, a lifetime opportunity to further their studies. ‘When I got the news that I was receiving a scholarship, people around me were excited. Learners from my former high school see me as a role model. By receiving this scholarship, it proves to them and others that anything is possible regardless of your background,’ he said.

Like his second name, Msani plans to further his studies until he reaches the respected Professor title. ‘To those future scholarship recipients, they must grab the opportunity with both hands, utilise it to the best of their ability,’ he advised. He sees scholarships of this nature as important because ‘they serve as a huge motivation for students who are determined to succeed in life.’

Words: Nkululeko Mbatha 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship Awards for Five Humanities Students

Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship Awards for Five Humanities Students
From left: Ms Brie Parker, Ms Rayne Redinger, Ms Raeesa Mohammed and Ms Sithokozile Dlamini; proud recipients of the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship Award.

Five deserving students from the College of Humanities: Ms Katherine Steinke, Ms Sithokozile Dlamini, Ms Rayne Redinger, Ms Raeesa Mahommed and Ms Brie Parker, have each received the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship Award.

Psychology student Redinger believes that receiving such an award creates incentive to continue to work hard and strive towards academic excellence. ‘Having my efforts and hard work recognised and rewarded is extremely encouraging. The scholarship relieves a considerable amount of financial pressure and allows me to focus on my academic achievement without having the added financial stress of tuition fees,’ she said. Redinger attended Port Shepstone High School where she was deputy head girl and athletics team captain. She also represented the student council of learners on the governing body and received an Honours award in both academics and athletics. Her future plans include pursuing her postgraduate studies. ‘Nothing is more rewarding than striving towards reaching your full potential. Work hard and always give it your best because it pays off,’ she urged fellow students. 

Social Sciences student, Mahommed, was also overjoyed to hear she was receiving the scholarship. ‘I am extremely honoured as my belief in the positive outcome of hard work, perseverance and dedication is reinforced. It means a wealth of opportunities, a promise of a better future as well as the ability to continue working diligently and believing in my capabilities,’ she said. The Rydalpark Secondary School alumnus achieved seven distinctions, an A aggregate and placed amongst the top 10 in the Mafukuzela Gandhi Circuit at the end of her matric in 2016. Throughout high school, she was a smart worker and part of many quizzes and debates. She plans to pursue her postgraduate studies and work extremely hard to be able to help many other students who have big dreams. ‘Adopting the correct balance to your life will enable you to excel in your studies without feeling a sense of disappointment and a feeling of absence during family social events,’ said Mohammed.

Parker, also a Social Sciences student, sees scholarships of this nature as essential as they reward students who work hard and motivate them to work harder, which adds to the academic excellence of the University.

‘I am excited about receiving the scholarship and feel rewarded that my effort has been recognised. Receiving the scholarship has been a massive morale boost and has encouraged me to work even harder and increase the effort that I put into my studies. My brother and sister are currently both studying; thus, my parents have been under incredible financial strain. This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies rather than having to seek work to pay tuition fees. I am not a financial burden to anyone this year,’ she said. Parker was home-schooled and completed her matric through Cambridge which allowed her to be well prepared for studying at UKZN. She always maintained a balance between her academic dreams and her sporting ambitions. She is also a competitive swimmer and currently ranks in the top 20 in swimming in South Africa. She plans to pursue her dream of swimming in the Olympics as well as qualify as a Sports Psychologist.

‘University is that one beautiful opportunity in life that you will probably look back on as the best time in your life, so make it count. Choose subjects you are passionate about and enjoy them no matter how your peers seem to react. Remember, you can do anything, so start believing in your abilities and reach for the stars,’ she advised other students.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal


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Social Sciences Student Awarded 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Scholarship

Social Sciences Student Awarded 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Scholarship
Ms Katherine Anderson who received UKZN’s 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Scholarship.

Social Sciences student, Ms Katherine Anderson, was awarded UKZN’s 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Scholarship for her outstanding academic achievement during her first year of study.

‘My family and I have been overwhelmed by the awarding of this scholarship. I have worked very hard and consistently because I know the sacrifices they have made to enable me to study further. Hard work always pays off and my parents are so proud of me,’ she said.

Anderson is grateful for the scholarship and is now more motivated to excel academically. ‘Scholarships are important because they allow one opportunities that may not be possible and creates a sense of pride and honour. The impossible made possible,’ she said.

Speaking about her high school academic years, Anderson was awarded an Academic and Dance Scholarship to attend Crawford College in La Lucia. ‘I am so grateful to my educators who taught me above all to think outside the box. They helped nurture me into the person I have become today. We were taught that “every child is a masterpiece”.’

At Crawford College, she received many awards for academics and dance including Junior and Senior Colours for Academics and Honours for Dance, which is her absolute passion. She was also in the top five from Grades 8-12.

Anderson plans to pursue her postgraduate studies in the future. Advising other students, she said, ‘Don’t take things for granted especially when you have been blessed with many opportunities. Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.’

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Supplied


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Talent Equity and Excellence Acceleration Scholarship for Humanities Students

Talent Equity and Excellence Acceleration Scholarship for Humanities Students
Humanities students Ms Ayanda Tshazi, Ms Cleopatra Mabaso and Ms Lerato Sokhulu were awarded the Talent Equity and Excellence Acceleration Scholarship.

Three students from the College of Humanities, Ms Lerato Sokhulu, Ms Cleopatra Mabaso and Ms Ayanda Tshazi, were recently awarded the Talent Equity and Excellence Acceleration Scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded to students intending to pursue an academic career at UKZN. This prestigious award, derived from the University’s own funds, enables UKZN to identify potential top academic talent to grow the next generation of academics.

The students were both overjoyed and excited to be receiving the scholarship and were keen to continue excelling academically.

Sokhulu, Master’s in Education student said, ‘It has always been my dream to pursue the world of academia and obtain a doctoral degree in Education with the hope of being a valuable member of the UKZN academic team.’ She attended Durban Girls’ Secondary School where she excelled academically but also challenged herself in various leadership roles. UKZN was always Sokhulu’s first choice. ‘UKZN is well known for excelling in research related rankings. That alone makes it a unique university to study at. My love for research and lecturing grew enormously while at the University. It was then that I realised where I belonged,’ she said. 

For Mabaso, the scholarship will assist her financially and in turn has opened numerous avenues to explore academically. ‘These scholarships are important as they motivate students to strive for excellence throughout the course of their studies. I now have a responsibility to serve as a team player within the UKZN family and the academia,’ she said.

Mabaso values excellence and chose UKZN for its stellar research rankings. ‘I see myself as a member of the UKZN academic staff; contributing in research and playing a role in empowering UKZN students, community and academia amongst others while in a quest to develop and get empowered,’ she said.

Faith, determination, focus and hard work yield success,’ she advised fellow students. 

Tshazi sees the scholarship as the beginning of her career as an aspiring academic. ‘This scholarship means that I can focus on my research without many external pressures which will be a big relief for my family as well. We are all so proud and excited,’ she said.

She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Development Studies after a 10-year hiatus; receiving merits for two out of the three modules she did last year. ‘This was a huge affirmation for me that I am in the right place, doing the right thing,’ said Tshazi. Coming back to the University as an older student and after a long time was daunting and at times, leaving her feeling alienated. ‘I have family commitments while many of my peers are younger students living on campus. It took a while and a concerted effort for me to forge relationships and build a support network with colleagues who share my passion for achieving academic excellence. Financial difficulties were also a real threat,’ she added.

Asked about her future plans, Tshazi said, ‘In the next five years, I will be completing my PhD. I have a wide range of interests that I would like to publish papers on, including reflective research and mainstreaming indigenous knowledge systems as part of the decolonial project. In 10 years’ time, I hope to be a productive academic writer; contributing to teaching and writing about responsible tourism in South Africa and Africa,’ she said.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photographs: Rajesh Jantilal and Melissa Mungroo


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