Doors open for top engineering student

2011-05-06 00:00

HOW you start does not determine how you finish.

Lindokuhle Zondi (22) of Swayimane, near Wartburg, knows this as well as anyone.

He started off doing a bridging course at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) to improve his marks before he was allowed to pursue his studies in electrical engineering, and yesterday he graduated top of his class with a diploma in the subject.

For his professors this came as no surprise since he has received the dean’s commendation award every year since his arrival at the university in 2007.

Speaking to The Witness after his graduation, Zondi said he was very happy about his accomplishments.

Describing the challenges, he said his father was a taxi driver and his mother is a dress maker.

While they did their best to have him attend the better schools in the area he didn’t always have everything.

“When there were weekend classes, for example, I could not always attend if there was no transport money.

“And even though our school had computers and such, we did not have a permanent teacher in grade 10 and 11 until mid-year in grade 11. That affected my maths results, which is why I had to do the bridging course.”

Zondi has always been a hard worker, but he admits that adolescence managed to knock all sense out of him, which nearly cost him his dream of being the first graduate out of his household.

“But I was fortunate in that I had people evangelising to me. I was saved, which helped me reconstruct my life. From then on doors started opening in my favour,” said Zondi.

One such door is the opportunity to receive funding from the Msunduzi Municipality after seeing an advert in the Echo.

Zondi is studying towards a national diploma in mechanical engineering. He also has his sights on a government compliance certificate.

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