‘The University of KwaZulu Natal has a rich heritage of academic excellence and many leaders who are alumni of the institution can proudly attest to this. I love the fact that it provides an enabling environment for all its students to ensure individual intellectual development.’
These are the words of UKZN alumnus Ms Nolwazi Mdunge, a chartered accountant registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
Mdunge is currently working as a management accountant at RCL Foods. She is also the founder of Little Miss Sunshine, a non-profit organisation aimed at early childhood development and women’s empowerment.
She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree at UKZN after being awarded the Frene Ginwala Scholarship, a special prestige entrant equity award given to top Black African females coming into the university as new undergraduate students in all disciplines. ‘I believe this was a foot-in-the-door opportunity for me,’ she said.
In 2014, she was selected to participate in the Unilever Future Leaders League. Mdunge was also invited by Golden Key International Society to become a member due to her impressive academic performance. Because of these and other achievements, UKZN listed her among its top 40 most inspiring students.
Mdunge said there is ample opportunity at UKZN for learners to excel and become the best version of themselves. During her years of study she also became a member of the Black Management Forum (BMF) and Enactus – two student organisations.
‘My experience at UKZN gave me confidence and encouraged my sense of individuality. I made the most of my university years by engaging in activities that aligned with my core values. Tutoring accounting, serving as the finance officer of the Methodist Student Society, and my involvement in BMF and Enactus taught me leadership and people skills that I have applied in my workspace,’ said Mdunge.
‘My undergraduate years also taught me resilience and to push through boundaries; I am where I am today because of those lessons.’