VUT ALUMNA AND MRS SOUTH AFRICA FINALIST RETURNS TO HER ROOTS
By: Qhawekazi Memani – 11 August 2023
The old Zulu adage “ukuhlehla kwe-Ngxamu ( Inkunzi yembuzi) ukuthatha amandla” rings true for Mrs Nelisiwe Nhlapo, a Vaal University of Technology (VUT) alumna and distinguished finalist for the prestigious 2023 Mrs South Africa crown.
On 11 August 2023, VUT through the Alumni Relations Office, had the distinct privilege and honour of hosting Mrs Nhlapo on what she termed “going back to my roots” experience.
During the special visit she killed multiple birds with one stone. Firstly, in ploughing back to the university, she had a ‘meet and greet’ and shared words of encouragement with students who are putting their best foot forward and vying for this year’s Mr and Miss VUT title. Talk about not burning bridges, she also took an opportunity to reconnect with her former lecturers – this was followed by an interview an in-studio interview on VUTfm later in the afternoon. She expressed her deep joy in returning to her alma mater, saying that her last visit to VUT was for the momentous occasion of her graduation.
On Women’s Month commemoration, Mrs Nhlapo graciously shared a heartfelt message for the VUT community: ”We live in times where the world is our oyster and brimming with opportunities. The importance of pursuing one’s passion and aspirations cannot be overlooked. My participation in the Mrs South Africa competition stands as a testament that age and background hold no power to destruct individuals from attaining their goals. Persevere unwaveringly; your value knows no bounds!”
Throughout these activities, Nelisiwe was not alone – she , was accompanied by her supportive and proud husband, Mr Sibusiso Nhlapo, who said it has been an absolute joy for their family to see her reach her full potential.
VUT wishes Nelisiwe success on her journey to the finale. To vote: Like, Share and SMS Nelisiwe Nhlapo to 47587 (R3/SMS).