Graduating cum laude for his Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Urban Planning and Design was not something that Ayanda Mpanza had expected.
Mpanza graduated on Friday, 24 April 2015, at the Fred Crookes Sport Centre on the Steve Biko Campus in Durban.
He had always aimed to do his best in his academic life. Ayanda considers his journey towards his BTech degree as being a long adventure but he was eager to complete it, given that his newly earned qualification is certain to accelerate his career.
“Graduating cum laude was not a set goal for me while I was studying. My main objective was to do the best I could possibly do in my studies as this is one of the mottos I live by and try to implement daily, whatever the task. But regardless of not having expected it, it is still a very pleasant surprise and a great honour,” he said.
Mpanza is currently a Project Technologist at SiVEST Consulting Engineers, where he has worked for over three years. He has been involved in numerous infrastructure projects and is currently in the process of registering as a candidate Civil Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
When asked how he mastered his time between his demanding work and studies, he said, “Both my work and studies mean a great deal to me, so I had to reanalyse and restructure my priorities. I made a concerted effort to apply myself in both, and it helped that the two are interlinked. I really enjoyed all the modules I took and I could readily relate them to my work, so juggling work and studies became quite effortless,” said Mpanza.
Mpanza further adds, that his mother has been a pillar of strength for him and has overcome all his challenges through her prayers. “I owe everything to my mother, she is my source of inspiration,” he said.
His long-term aspirations are to become an influential decision maker in infrastructure development and a major contributor in the social and economic future of the country. “There is so much out there. The world is changing and so is the world of engineering. With this in mind, all the ventures that I will embark on in the future must aid me in not just being part of that change, but also being a leader of change.”
Mpanza extended his gratitude to the DUT staff at the Engineering and Built Environment Faculty and the Department of Surveying and Civil Engineering.
Pictured: Ayanda Mpanza, excited at his graduation ceremony upon receiving cum laude.
– Noxolo Memela