A romance which started six years ago between two students at UKZN recently culminated in a joyous wedding in Harare, Zimbabwe, which was attended by former classmates and University staff members.
The happy couple, Mr Tafadzwa and Ms Nancy Dhlakama who are graduates of the College of Law and Management Studies, met in 2012 at a friend’s birthday dinner while Tafadzwa was doing his third-year in Law and Nancy was a first-year Bachelor of Commerce in Economics student.
‘We became close friends on that day and got engaged in 2017,’ said Nancy. ‘We were so happy to have our friends grace our wedding day with their presence. The sacrifices they all made to be there humbled Tafadzwa and me. I must make special mention of Robynne Louw of UKZN’s School of Law who travelled all the way from Pietermaritzburg while others came from all corners of Zimbabwe,’ she said.
Nancy graduated with a BCom Honours in 2016 and is now studying for her master’s degree with the University of Johannesburg, while Tafadzwa, who was awarded his LLB in 2014 and LLM in 2016, is a Law lecturer at the Great Zimbabwe University and reading for his PhD with the University of the Witswaterand.
‘Having studied Law in a foreign jurisdiction, we had to write conversion examinations almost simultaneously,’ said Tafadzwa. ‘We established a joint study group in Zimbabwe called UKZN Law Alumni to assist each other towards becoming admitted legal practitioners. The same connection has been maintained since 2015 to assist in legal opinions, the sharing of opportunities, successes as well as arranging social gatherings. To date we are still a family long after leaving UKZN,’ said Tafadzwa.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo