For Ntobeko Ngcobo, being able to play a vital role in ensuring that the citizens in South Africa are served in their indigenous languages was the motive behind his dream of pursuing his studies and obtaining a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Translation and Interpreting Practice.
Ngcobo will graduate with a cum laude and Dean’s Merit Award for academic excellence for the second time, having also received it at diploma level last year (2014). He graduates on Tuesday (21 April 2015) at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre, DUT Steve Biko Campus.
Ngcobo reiterated that studying such a course at DUT had benefitted him with the practical knowledge on language practice, which is something he would have barely gained had he studied at other universities which he believes bombard students with theory instead of practice.
“Receiving a Dean’s Merit Award makes me feel special and I am absolutely pleased that the institution is consistently acknowledging my hard work,” he beamed proudly.
“Choosing DUT for this course has gradually made me a good practitioner than a theorist. This course plays a very important role in aiding the South African government with translation and interpreting to facilitate social justice to citizens in order to access public service in their mother tongue,” he stressed.
Ngcobo is currently enjoying his job as a part-time interpreter at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and has just signed a two year contract with the CCMA to work as an independent contractor. Although he has a job presently, he intends to study further to advance himself personally and in his career.
His future plans include becoming an academic researcher within his field of study. “I would definitely recommend DUT for this course because there is so much practical experience. DUT’s Translation and Interpreting Practice, in partnership with the company: translate.org, was the first and only university in KZN to host two Translate-athons where all the computer terms were translated into IsiZulu,” he said
His advice to future students is that they must be passionate about their career choice, which, he said, is more important than the status of any course.
– Waheeda Peters
Pictured: A proud Ntobeko Ngcobo kneels as he is officially conferred with his latest qualification.