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Zim Students Awarded Merits
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Zim students come out tops in SA

FOUR Zimbabwean students who were beneficiaries of the Presidential Scholarship at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, South Africa, have outshined their fellow students by scooping the highest honours on offer at the university.
Miss Yvonne Maphosa, Mr Dumisani Sibanda, Miss Nyasha Chikovo and Miss Siphiwe Shoko who were studying at the Cape Town and Bellville campuses did exceptionally well and were awarded medals by the Vice Chancellor, Dr Prins Nevhutalu, for their outstanding work during a graduation ceremony which was held recently.

Miss Maphosa was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s medal for being the best B Tech student in the Faculty of Applied Sciences with 21 distinctions in 22 courses. The Faculty of Applied Sciences has 13 departments and she managed to outdo all the students in all the departments.

Mr Sibanda was the best student in the Faculty of Health and Wellness with 24 out of 25 distinctions, graduating cum laude (graduating with honour).

Miss Chikovo also did well and managed to scoop 28 distinctions out of 30 modules in the Faculty of Business.
Miss Maphosa who was studying Food Technology explained how she enrolled into the university.

“I completed my National Diploma in Food Technology in 2012 and graduated with a first class. I then completed my B Tech in Food Technology in 2013 and graduated cum laude recently. I am currently doing my Masters in Food Technology here at CPUT,” she said.

Miss Maphosa, from Plumtree, completed Advanced Level in 2008 at Empandeni High School and was on Econet’s Joshua Mqabuko Scholarship Fund during her A-Level after she obtained eight As and 1 B at O-Level.

“So in 2009 when the results came out and the Presidential Scholarship was advertised in the newspaper, I applied. I was accepted and enrolled for Food Technology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, South Africa. I was on the presidential scholarship from 2011 -2013,” she said.

Maphosa said she would forever be grateful to Government for the scholarship because it changed her life and helped her attain her goals. She said she would forever be indebted to Zimbabwe for that opportunity.

“My future plan is to do my doctorate and thereafter do my post doctorate. Then as a Professor, I’m going to live my life as an academic and a researcher. My biggest goal is to make a difference in the food industry through innovation, research and development. I plan to return to Zimbabwe to give back to the community and play a role in uplifting our country,” she said.

Her high moments were when she was awarded the Academic Giant awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Dean’s merit in 2012, the Aubrey Parson’s award in 2013 and getting the Vice Chancellor’s medal during graduation.

She urged Zimbabwean students to work hard, stay focused and bring out the best in themselves.
Mr Sibanda, who is also a Vice Chancellor’s medallist, is doing a Masters in Biomedical Technology and lecturing part-time at the university.

He aspires to become a prolific medical researcher and university teacher, giving back to his community as an active scholar and training of future medical scientists for the betterment of Zimbabwe and beyond.

The 25-year-old who hails from Gweru said he owed everything to God.
“I owe everything to God who presided over all that I was able to achieve and would like to thank the Zimbabwe Presidential Scholarship Programme that afforded me an opportunity to study which I would otherwise not have been able to,” he said.

He also owes his success to friends and colleagues with whom he shared sleepless nights studying and encouraging each other to do the best.

“To aspiring candidates, the charge is to work hard, know where you want to be and rise above the seemingly insurmountable challenges,” he said.

Another student under the same scholarship who excelled was Phumuzile Dube who was studying Biomedical Technology. She also thanked Government for awarding her the rare opportunity to study.

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