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Scholarship Opens Doors for Budding Geologist

2017/09/09 09:06:14 AM

Ms Mandisa Mvuyana, a Frene Ginwala Scholarship recipient, describes herself as an outdoor person, who enjoyed learning about the Earth and its resources at school


Mandisa Mvunyana stands on top of striations left by glaciers, evidencing continental drift. 

Ms Mandisa Mvuyana, a Frene Ginwala Scholarship recipient, describes herself as an outdoor person, who enjoyed learning about the Earth and its resources at school. This shaped her love for Geology, and is the reason that she’s not scared to get her hands dirty while pursuing her passion. 

She considers getting an A symbol for Agricultural Science in matric as her greatest achievement thus far, as it ushered her towards a vocation as a Geologist. This achievement earned her the scholarship thus opening doors to University for her. 

This scholarship is awarded to African female entrants coming into the University as new undergraduate students. She is currently in her first year of a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences, in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. 

Mvuyana is grateful to the University for investing in her future and sees it as prestigious opportunity. ‘It is a blessing that helps me with fees and I’m very honoured to receive this scholarship,’ she said. 

Mvuyana acknowledged that the University positively affects communities by investing in African women, through initiatives like the Frene Ginwala Scholarship. ‘They should continue to fund other African females because this inspires high school learners to excel in their studies,’ she said.

Her mentor and fellow student, Ms Ncedile Mbokazi, has a lot of faith in Mvuyana’s abilities. ‘Mandisa has the greatest skill of listening and applying what she has been taught,’ she said. Mvuyana said that the support she gets from her friends and family is the main reason she excels. 

Mvuyana will relentlessly pursue her dreams, no matter how big. ‘I aspire to be one of the most successful female Geologists in my time,’ she said. With such ambition, her future looks bright. 

We asked Mandisa a few questions to learn more about her:


Q. What is your guilty pleasure? 

A. Typing lol with a straight face, when texting friends.



Q. What was the last thing you Googled? 

A. How to cook chakalaka.


Q. Do you have any hidden talents? 

A. I think I’m pretty good at teaching.


Q. What is the most used App on your phone? 
A. Facebook.


Q. What song is your current “jam”? 

A. “Uyalalelwa” by Joyous Celebration.



Q. What is your fondest childhood memory?

A. Playing indigenous games. 

 

Sashlin Girraj

UKZNDABA online

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