10 May 2022 Volume :10 Issue :16

Cum Laude Pass for Bachelor of Commerce Honours Graduates

<em>Cum Laude</em> Pass for Bachelor of Commerce Honours Graduates
From left: Ms Jaina Bhana, Mr Mohamed Aish, Mr Mandla Mbuyisa and Ms Nickayla Rambaran.

Management and Marketing’s Ms Nickayla Rambaran and Ms Jaina Bhana, Mr Mohamed Aish from Information Systems and Technology and Industrial Relations’ Mr Mandla Mbuyisa graduated with their Bachelor of Commerce Honours degrees cum laude.

For Rambaran, contracting COVID-19 halfway through her degree motivated her to work even harder.

‘Catching COVID-19 was a scary and horrible experience, I was very worried that I would not graduate on time and not complete my dissertation in time. I am thankful and grateful to the amazing and patient lecturers who assisted me during this difficult time.’

She added that she plans to use the degree to secure a job in marketing.

‘My dream job is to become a brand manager for a large company. I also plan to tutor and assist students who are pursuing this degree to succeed as I have.’

Bhana, who is a freelance photographer says the degree is the first step toward realising her dream career in the motorsport industry. 

‘I am currently job hunting and hope to gain the necessary experience to one day achieve my goal of working in the Formula One (F1). This qualification gives me the advantage I need to stand out in this industry,’ she said.

Aish who holds an undergraduate degree in computer science says the qualification is a great foundation for his current position as a trainee software developer.

‘I believe that a qualification in Information Systems and Technology is most definitely worthwhile given that we live in a digital world and continue to transition into the fourth industrial revolution. Therefore, it is imperative to familiarise oneself with the necessary skills and tools in this field which I was able to achieve through this qualification.’

Mbuyisa, who has a background in social science says he plans to follow in the footsteps of former College of Humanities Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl Potgieter and use his new knowledge of industrial relations to pursue a career in academia.

‘I aim to produce high-impact research that will critically engage the African and global society. My immediate plans are to complete my Master of Arts in Sociology and hopefully be accepted into the Andrew Mellon Early Career Scholar programme and realise my long-term goal of being a sociology professor focusing on digital sociology.’

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photographs: Rajesh Jantilal

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