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Academic Excellence a Family Tradition!

April 18, 2017

Graduate Mr Joash Govender celebrating his achievement with his parents and UKZN Professors Desmond and Irene Govender. 

With his academic interests in Economics as opposed to computer science like his parents who are academics in the field at UKZN, Bachelor of Commerce Honours cum laude graduate Mr Joash Govender is excited about what the future holds for him.

Under the mentorship of his parents, both professors at UKZN as well as his older brother Stanton Wesley, a Mechanical Engineer with a masters degree from UKZN, Joash continues in the family tradition as he is currently pursuing his masters degree.

‘I come from a family of academics and it does seem that I have big shoes to fill, but my parents must be commended on their efforts in supporting me in my career choices.

‘I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to study in the Discipline of Economics and excel in it. I consider the achievement a blessing,’ said Govender.

With his research interests centred in the factors that drive unemployment in South Africa, Govender is looking forward to using his masters degree to explore this issue even further.

‘My research examines the determinants that could promote entrepreneurship, or in a clearer sense, determinants that could move an individual from employee to employer. This mechanism of job creation could be a vital component in solving our unemployment crisis. Economics has always struck me as an interesting topic. The various issues, within every specified field of economics, spark lively discourse,’ he said.

Govender enjoys running to keep fit and uses his free time to pursue theological studies.

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