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To view the webinar featured during Africa Week 2021 follow the link below and hear Vusa sharing his experience as a young entrepreneur. 


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Loyiso Manjezi, BCom ’05 was appointed Head of Finance and Director at Traxys Africa (“Traxys”) in February 2021. He joined Traxys in December 2017 initially as the Head of Treasury and Risk after spending almost 10 years in the Financial Services industry.  
Traxys is a physical commodity trader and merchant in the metals and natural resources sectors, headquartered in Luxembourg. Its logistics, marketing, distribution, supply chain management and trading activities are conducted by over 400 employees, in over 20 offices worldwide, and its annual turnover is in excess of USD 5 billion.
In addition to his executive role at Traxys, Loyiso also serves as a Non-Executive Vice Chair at Sefateng Chrome Mine (Pty) Ltd.  Prior to joining Traxys, Loyiso had been employed by Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”), where he performed various functions within the Bank’s Client Coverage team and notably serving as the Executive Assistant to the CEO (Ebenezer “Ebby” Essoka).
Loyiso was the first recipient (06’) of the LĂ„nekassen Master’s Degree Scholarship between the Nelson Mandela University and the University of Agder (Norway) in 2006.


Ace's Star Rising
Achumile 'Ace' Majija, BCom ’06 and 2012 Alumni Rising Star award recipient has been appointed as the CEO of Prudential Uganda from 01 May 2021. Prudential PLC is a British multinational insurance company incorporated in the UK with over 20 million customers and listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.  
Ace's previous role was as Chief Executive: Individual Life, Corporate & Strategy for Cote d’Ivoire-Cameroon-Togo, a role he assumed after a four-year stint with Prudential Life Insurance Ghana as Chief Commercial Officer. He worked in the UK and Poland for Prudential. Ace also serves as a Regional Management Team member for Prudential Africa. 
He has kept his links to South Africa, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Black Management Forum.

Alumna heads up CPUT Informatics and Design Faculty
Alumna Prof Tembisa Ngqondi  BTech (IT) ’03 and an MTech (IT) ’06 has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Information and Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) as from 1 April 2021. Ngqondi joined CPUT from the University of Mpumalanga, where she was head of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.
Prof Ngqondi worked as a domestic worker three days a week and worked two days helping a woman making leather products before completing her matric year. Based on her matric results she was awarded a bursary to study further. 
“I would never have imagined that I would one day end up as a dean, but by the grace of God, who directs our steps, I did. I never had the mindset of not succeeding.” she said. 
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Original Article Written By Shanice Naidoo, Apr 24, 2021
Published By Weekend Argus 
Adapted by Nelson Mandela University Alumni Relations Office 

Forestry graduate bags distinctions all round
“My granny is my inspiration and motivation”, says 21 year old Avelile Lutho Cishe, a cum laude Forestry graduate from Idutywa in the Eastern Cape. 
“Education was not just a strategy for getting knowledge, but it was a tool to escape poverty at home and in my village”  the young man remarks when asked about his driving force.
Having joined the University in 2018, Avelile always had an eye for gold and an understanding of the importance around seeking knowledge. By quickly forming associations with senior students in his course, he was able to gain deeper insight into the academic requirements, possibilities and challenges. This knowledge equipped him for the next three years of his tertiary education.
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A story of focus, thanks and perseverance
“I am grateful to NSFAS and Nelson Mandela University for this opportunity to have a qualification that no one can take away from me and to Student Counselling for making sure that I kept my sanity” says Nomsa Gida, 35, who graduated with a Diploma in Building, 15 years after she first started at the University.
“I might not have money now to celebrate this great achievement, but in my heart I am proud of myself and sure now that nothing is impossible and I can achieve more. I was being prepared, skilled and equipped to take over my world”, she says.
Nomsa is planning to further her studies in the Advanced Diploma in Quantity Surveying and finish off her Environmental Health Diploma
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Four qualifications for Nursing graduate
Silindokuhle Kwani, 28, who graduated last week with her second degree in Nursing at Nelson Mandela University (Bachelor of Nursing in Advanced Primary Healthcare), wants to change the mind set of young and future nurses and motivate them to be educated nurses and not just stay at the basic level.
“I want to make a difference and change the view of nursing because there is a stigma attached to being a nurse that is limiting.  I have learnt that education stimulates a person’s thinking capacity and the health service needs more critical thinkers. The more we go through the NQF levels the better the quality of healthcare we will provide to our public” Silindokuhle says.
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George graduate celebrating academic excellence

“Guys I did it, who would have thought a girl from the farm could achieve such immaculate grades”, posted Tematfombeni on her social media page as she bagged 22 distinctions out of 30 modules in her four-year academic journey.

George Campus’s graduate Tematfombeni Magagula, receives her Advanced Diploma in Forestry (cum laude). Aged 23, the last born of three hailing from the Kingdom of Swaziland on the farms of Vuvulane, Tematfombeni has proven that hard work and perseverance yields results. Raised by a single parent, her higher education was enabled by a government scholarship from Eswatini to realise her dreams of being a qualified Forester.
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