Nkosinathi Khoza who originates from Kwa-Zulu Natal, Newcastle, graduated, obtaining his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering with Cum Laude.
He obtained his first qualification in Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town through a Sasol Bursary. He worked at Sasol for 13 years but his passion for teaching compelled him to pursue his career in teaching / education. He is currently a lecturer at the Vaal University of Technology Secunda Campus in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.
Mr Khoza said that obtaining this qualification Cum Laude was his main objective. However, when he saw that the journey was difficult since there were limited research facilities at VUT Secunda Campus, he thought that achieving his dream would be impossible. He was happy and excited when his dream became a reality. He is currently studying towards his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering Education at the University of Cape Town.
Nkosinathi encourages students in the Engineering Faculty to always do their best, even when they may be experience challenges with their studies. Forming study groups is one of the best strategies one can utilise for achieving success, but do not rely on the study group to carry you through. Have enough time to study and do problems on your own to master the study material. Consulting with your lecturers / tutors will also ensure that you achieve success in your studies. Accessing external study material from the prescribed textbook will also ensure that you gain more knowledge and better understanding.
Advice to his 21-year-old self is always to enjoy life and to always live in the present moment. We tend to be carried away by life’s challenges and end up not enjoying the gifts of life. His other advice to his 21-year-old self would be to start travelling the world sooner and to start investing 10% of his income for long term so that he can take advantage of the compounding interests. “Einstein said that he who understands the power of compound interest, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.” said in closing.
Article by: Mandisa Mtimkulu