Mechanical Engineering Student Inspired by her Father
Ms Kwanele Khumalo’s hard work paid off when she was honoured with a Frene Ginwala Scholarship, a prestige entrance award that recognises exceptional young Black women.
Khumalo, a former pupil of Isolomuzi Secondary School near Vryheid is now pursuing a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at Howard College. She said her love for engineering started from a young age.
‘My father is a mechanic and fixing cars and engines simply fascinated me as a young girl. So my background has been a major influence in me pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering,’ she said.
Khumalo expressed her appreciation for the scholarship saying she was grateful that her hard work to date had been recognised. ‘This award will surely boost my confidence and financial well-being,’ she said.
Khumalo’s father serves as her role model because he has not only loved and supported her, but more importantly, he has always motivated her to do her best, especially in her studies.
‘My goal is to finish my degree cum laude,’ said Khumalo. ‘Then I would love to continue my studies as a postgraduate to a point where I have gained enough experience to work in a top company like Sasol.’
Khumalo described herself as a hardworking, goal driven and highly motivated person who always focused on producing a good result. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, fixing cars and going out with friends and family.