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Alumnus beats great odds to succeed (published July 2012)

MTECH Biomedical Technology graduate Siphokazi Tili overcame great odds to graduate in April.  

Tili, who lost her mother, grandfather and grandmother, during her study period starting in 2006 was left caring for a toddler and siblings, during which time she also married and had another baby.

This set her back by nine months of research but she continued to pray and persevered. As a result, she worked at night and through holidays to beat various dead-lines.

Tili is an Associate Lecturer in the Bio-med, Biomedical Tech & Radiography department at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.


Alumnus paves his way to success (published July 2012)

FORMER Mr South Africa finalist and BCom Law graduate Bennum Van Jaarsveld is now Communications Manager at one of South Africa’s top paint companies.

Some of his noteworthy achievements include starting his own business called Ukubamba Consulting, specialising in marketing, advertising and promotions, being a category winner in Businessman Of The Year 2009, Top 5 Finalist: Mr South Africa 2009 and Chairman of Fernrock Body Corporate since 2004.

Van Jaarsveld started out as brand manager at Du-lux and because there was an identifiable need for one person to take charge of the entire media and communications function, his experience regarding the media and advertising strategy allowed him the opportunity to head this new challenge - building the company image across all media platforms.”


Social work graduate’s long wait finally over (published July 2012)

AFTER 14 years, a Port Elizabeth woman graduated with a social work degree.

Nozuko Monde, 37, of Zwide, who now works as a social worker at the Child and Family Welfare Society in Uitenhage, says her journey to success had not been an easy one.

Monde, passed grade 12 in 1994 with university ex-emption but had to wait more than a decade before enrolling to pursue her dream. To help her family, Monde worked as a shop teller and then helped her mother run a crèche at their village. She then received training and a certificate in early childhood development.   

While helping Grade R pupils at Zanolwazi Primary School, she was encouraged by principal Norman Fumba to follow a career in social work.


 Winner receives Masters degree (published July 2012)

IN 2007 he received the Sepp Blatter Scholarship, was the first person to complete the FIFA/CIES certificate offered at ten universities worldwide, graduated with distinction from the FIFA Master Class in Switzerland, and completed a year-long internship at FIFA in Zurich.

Today, Solomon Mudege, 30, is recipient of a master’s degree cum laude in Human Movement Sciences from NMMU.

The Zimbabwean-born student completed his BCom in Sport and Recreation Management and a BCom honours degree in Business Management at NMMU and then went on to graduate top of the class in the FIFA/CIES/NMMU certificate in Sport Management programme in 2008. He now works for FIFA as its Marketing Alliances Manager.