Nontsikelelo Bekwa, a young, dedicated and goal-orientated student originally from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal is one of the Vaal University of Technology’s top first-year achievers. She did her first year in Logistics last year and was able to obtain the first position in the institution, outdoing all the first years in all the faculties.
“I am just happy and I am grateful to God because if it were not for him I would have not achieved everything that I have achieved. It is only through prayer, faith and God that I got to be here today,” she said.
“I was not aware that VUT has a prize-giving and I was very surprised to receive an SMS. When they called to confirm my attendance I even asked if I really have to come because I thought all first years received the same SMS. To my surprise I was counted amongst the VIPs,” Nontsikelelo added, very pleased.
However, things were not always smooth for her. She has had to face difficult challenges along the way, but the most difficult one was her religion.
“I am a Seventh Day Adventist, so I couldn’t do tests and examinations scheduled for Saturday. So yes, there were many challenges and I do not know how I ended up getting such a prestigious award. I did not think that I was doing as good as it seems. But God has always been on my side throughout; he is my guy,” explained Ntsiki, as she is affectionately known.
Ntsiki’s goal is to get 90 per cent and above for all her modules. Her long-term goal is to graduate Cum Laude.
“Right now I am just focusing on achieving excellence in all that I do – for you know, we are called to be the best in everything that we do. I am also planning on making the little difference that I can, spreading love and happiness to all those I can reach,” she said.
Article by: Boitumelo Montsi