Frene Ginwala Recipient Seizes Her Opportunities
Ms Perm Mthethwa, a first year student in Bioresources Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on the Pietermaritzburg campus, says receiving the Frene Ginwala Scholarship has motivated her to work even harder in her studies.
Named after the first Chancellor of UKZN, the scholarship is awarded to top Black African female entrants coming into the University as new undergraduate students in all disciplines.
Mthethwa was drawn to the field of Bioresources Engineering owing to it being a scarce skill as that raises prospects of employment security. In choosing the field of study she was also influenced by her father who encouraged her to pursue a qualification in a field that contributes to society and aids in ensuring food security for a growing population. Mthethwa also enjoys the complexity of the Discipline of Engineering.
‘It gives me a sort of adrenaline rush to solve problems and do both mathematical and mechanical calculations,’ she said.
Mthethwa says she chose to study at UKZN because of the University’s reputation for being a leading research institution, and also because it has the resources to equip students with quality skills, education and training.
The top achiever, who matriculated from Thukela Secondary in Mandeni, is motivated by her insatiable hunger for success and excellence.
Mthethwa hopes to pursue her studies to postgraduate level and one day to make a difference in her field by collaborating with other professions to innovate and enhance agricultural engineering practices.
She thanked her family, teachers and bursary funders the Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE), for providing mental, academic and financial support respectively.
Mthethwa encouraged other students to take the initiative to seize the opportunities that come their way.
‘Everything has its timing and everyone can decide their own fate,’ said Mthethwa. ‘Either you snooze and lose, or you pull up your socks and get what belongs to you; it’s all in the palm of your hands, don’t let it slip away.’