Change the world

They say it is impossible to shoot two birds with one stone, but a Nelson Mandela University graduate has managed to defy the odds, excelling in both his studies and sport. In April, Madibaz football striker and former captain made history as the first player to be capped in a red gown, graduating with a PhD in Chemistry.

Zimbabwean-born, Cloudius Ray Sagandira, had a passion for football from a young age. His family had a strong belief in education so a career in football alone would be hard to convince them.


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A celebration yolwimi lwenkobe at Mandela University (Published April - Nelson Mandela University) 

The year 2019, declared the International Year for Indigenous Languages by UNESCO, has seen the seventh Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree in isiXhosa where the thesis written entirely in the language, conferred at Nelson Mandela University last week – ten years since the first.
Last week, Dr Zoleka Hempe was conferred a DLitt, with her study looking into the state of mind – through acts, signs and habits – of various characters in selected isiXhosa literature before and after killing people.



Graduation a bittersweet moment for student who lost mom (Published April - Nelson Mandela University)

As an emotional Ncebakazi Siziba crossed the graduation stage to a standing ovation and cheers from the audience, she could not help but shed a tear and say a silent prayer to continue making her late mother proud.
Siziba, who graduated a Bachelor of Social Work, was one of 391 students who were conferred their qualifications in the Faculty of Health Sciences’ schools of Behavioural Sciences and Lifestyle Sciences on Friday morning (12 April).
The moment, however, was a bittersweet one for her as she so wished her mother Nowinile Siziba – who was killed in a car accident in February – was there to witness the fruits of her hard work.

Pursuit of excellence pays off for Mandela University blind students (Published April - Nelson Mandela University)

Just over a year ago – fresh into his honours course and with a newly obtained postgraduate certificate in education – he threw in the towel because of what he described as a “very difficult” undergraduate journey.
The plan? To pursue an opportunity to fulfil his lifelong dream of teaching and exposing his pupils, particularly the differently abed, to the array of opportunities that have seen him continuously climb to greater heights.
When that did not pan out, Mount Frere-born Avukile Jeke “conceded defeat”, resumed his studies and soldiered on.

Mandela University graduates called on to advance democracy and social justice (Published April - Nelson Mandela University) 

“What will you do with your education from Nelson Mandela University to change the world – for your family, your community, your profession, your country? What contribution will you make towards Africa’s growth and development that leads to a better life for all?”
This question by Chancellor Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi calls on new graduates to go out into the world and change it – as the institutional tagline charges – by doing their bit to strengthen democracy, equality and justice in their respective career paths.
The Chancellor was addressing more than 650 graduands – including honorary doctorates Dr Vuyo Mahlati, Ms Sibongile Mkhabela, Prof Morgan Chetty and Rev Frank Chikane – as she opened the morning and afternoon sessions on Friday.