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.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.