23 June 2022 Volume :10 Issue :28

Medical Students Receive NSFT Award

Medical Students Receive NSFT Award
Mr Phila Mbuyisa was one of the recipients of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Brilliants Award.Click here for isiZulu version

First-year Medical students at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Mr Phila Mbuyisa and Ms Anele Mnguni will receive the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Brilliants Award at an event that will be broadcast on the NSTF’s YouTube channel on 21 July 2022.

The NSTF has hosted the NSTF-South32 Awards for 24 years. The current sponsors of the Brilliants programme are South32, the Department of Science and Innovation and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. This unique annual programme recognises the top young men and women in each province based on their marks in Physical Science and Mathematics in the previous year’s National Senior Certificate Examinations and their choice of studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.

‘I come from a disadvantaged background and I am excited about my achievement. I was admitted to my first-choice programme at UKZN,’ said Mbuyisa.

Amongst his many achievements, Mbuyisa was selected to participate in the UPREP programme sponsored by Stellenbosch University. The programme aims to bridge the gap between school and university and to prepare and support talented Grade 11 and 12 learners from educationally disadvantaged communities for university admission.

Mbuyisa’s future plans include becoming one of the best cardiothoracic surgeons.

Words: Mandisa Shozi

Photograph: Supplied

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