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Ongeziwe Gqumani’s interest was solely on studying International Shipping and looked forward to learning more on logistics in an advanced but also broader spectrum at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

The Eastern Cape lass graduated with Cum Laude among the Faculty of Applied Sciences graduates who were honoured at the DUT Celebratory Autumn Graduation ceremony held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on Tuesday, 12 July 2022.

Speaking of her excellent academic success, Gqumani said it was no surprise that she had excelled in her studies.

“In my modest opinion, this has not come as a surprise, at the beginning of the first semester I had set a goal for myself to try and obtain the best possible results as I possibly could. I am thrilled to have accomplished my objective which has come with a title of Cum Laude. I hope this will be a gateway to academic prosperity and subsequently a successful career,” said the euphoric Gqumani.

Explaining her journey at DUT, she said that in the beginning it was nerve-racking as she had been out of school for a few years.

“There was also a time where I had travel to Durban as there were sessions that were physical classes, making my way to campus for the first time, not knowing which venue it was, having to negotiate with my classmates to only have virtual classes, being accommodated by friends in Durban are some of the highlights of my journey at DUT,” she said.

Gqumani aims to become a master of her discipline and will be studying further in her field academically to elevate herself for better opportunities.

Her advice to future students in the same field is to work hard and smart.

Maritime and logistics is one of the most fast growing industries globally, if you are studying this by no default, put all your efforts into making it in this discipline as there is a world of opportunities waiting for you. I am yet to learn a discipline so diverse, so rewarding and interesting as maritime and logistics. Go for it as the stars are not even the limit,” she said.

Pictured: Ongeziwe Gqumani with her parents.

Waheeda Peters

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