Education will make SA a winner, graduands told

2011-04-15 00:00

“IF it is to be, it is up to me!” This was the message of guest of honour Zinhle Sokhela, the founder and managing director of Sesifikile Booksellers, during a speech at the graduation ceremony at the Durban University of Technology yesterday.

The ceremony was held at the Indumiso campus and was the first of a series of graduation ceremonies that will continue in Durban next week.

Sokhela, a former Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business president encouraged victims of circumstance to change whatever stands in their way. She said that if it were justified to blame adverse circumstances for one’s misfortune, there would be no students who succeed in the face of the huge challenges they face.

“Many of our leaders in all spheres are those who studied during the bleak times in order to prepare themselves for the sunshine when it came … They overcame their circumstances at a time when the government was actively trying to prevent their advancement,” said Sokhela.

South Africa will become a winning nation “when all of us accept that we have to take full responsibility for our education”.

Sokhela told the graduands that the amount of their potential is not as important as how that potential is cultivated and developed.

“Individuals with the highest leadership potential may never become great leaders if they lack the support and fortitude …

“So in suggesting that it is up to you, I am saying that you cannot do it alone and that you must never fail to recognise and be grateful to those who have given you strength and support to find your way.”

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