Getting to Know Dr James Mudara – PhD in Business Administration
By Thato Phalole 15 December 2021
Originally from Zimbabwe, Dr James Mudara graduated with a Doctorate in Business Administration, under the VUT Faculty of Management Sciences
Dr Mudara’s journey began in 1993 when he received his first qualification –
a Teachers Diploma. He taught at three of the best schools in Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe. In 1997 he graduated with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Chemistry. Thereafter he taught chemistry to A-level students.
Upon his arrival in South Africa, Dr Mudara taught at a private school in Johannesburg and further branched into government schools as a physical sciences teacher. He has been teaching at high school level ever since, specializing in physical sciences and mathematics. Currently, he is head of the Physical Science department at the Sandtonview Combined School, in the Johannesburg East District.
In 2005 he graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree. In 2015 he enrolled for doctoral studies at VUT and graduated during the 2021 Summer Graduation.
Like most people, he has experienced difficulties in his life. These include financial struggles and losing two laptops during his PhD journey.
He excitedly recalls former VUT Vice Chancellor and Principal; Prof Kuzvetsa Dzvimbo as his biggest motivator throughout his journey. When he was ready to give up on his studies Prof Mafini encouraged him to constantly believe in himself and persevere until the end.
Obtaining his PhD is a major personal achievement for Dr Mudara. According to him, “the road is never easy and will never be the same for everyone. Always be determined to strive for excellence”. His advice to others is that “excellence doesn’t come cheap. It costs hard work and consistency”.
A sports fanatic, Dr Mudara is held in high regard within the boxing fraternity. He is an international AIBA certified boxing referee, one 14 in Zimbabwe. He also served as the National Treasurer of the Zimbabwe Boxing Association as well Chairperson of Matebeleland South.
He is an executive member of the Alter and Faith Ministries and is responsible for implementing the strategic vision of the organisation.