Third-year students at UKZN, Ms Nokwanda Zondi (Finance and Economics) and Mr Keshav Ajodapersad (Computer Science and Information Technology) secured places in the Absa GradStar Top 100 Students for 2020.
The GradStar programme recognises the Top 100 students across the country based on leadership qualities and readiness for the workplace. More than 8 000 entries were received.
Zondi said that it is an honour not only to be part of the Top 100 but also to be one of two UKZN students on the list. ‘I have benefitted a lot from the programme as it has shown me how competitive the world of work is. Being in direct communication with some of South Africa’s top companies such as Absa, BP, Accenture, and Fasken fed my passion to continue growing as a professional. I have benefited from new skills that will serve the career path I aim for in finance and entrepreneurship.’
For Ajodapersad, the GradStar programme offered the opportunity to network with like-minded people and to learn from their experiences.
‘It’s great that an external body recognises your achievements and then lets other people know about them. This motivates one to be consistently good in all that one does. Being in the Top 100 reflects my holistic development over the years. I am thoroughly enjoying my studies and look forward to completing my degree on a high note,’ he said.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo