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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) student, Siyabonga Dlamini (32) from Nquthu in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal graduated Cum Laude for his Advanced Diploma in Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Business Analysis on Wednesday, 24 May 2023 at the Olive Convention Centre (OCC).

From the time he was in high school, he knew that he will get enrolled in ICT because of his interest in technology.

His journey at DUT was full of challenges as he went from not having funding to getting a bursary after his June results. Academically, it was demanding but he managed as his focus was on his academic performance. In 2022, Dlamini did not have funding nor did he have a place to stay, he only had the registration fee for the beginning of the year. Luckily for Dlamini, a good Samaritan came at his rescue, he allowed him to stay at his place for a few months while looking for sponsorship and bursaries. He commented that God also came through for him, and in September he managed to find his own place to stay.

Dlamini felt very honoured to graduate Cum Laude for his National Diploma in ICT last year, he was highly motivated to continue working hard and aim for academic excellence. As a result, his second Cum Laude was a natural outcome.

“My mother was overcome with immense pride, joy, and a profound sense of fulfilment. She was over the moon because she understood that this achievement is not only a win for me, but it’s a win for the whole family. The sad part is that she passed away last month, 16 April 2023. I wish she was here to celebrate this achievement with me as she wished but I know she is here spiritually,” he said.

Professionally, Dlamini aspires to become a versatile and skilled IT professional, well-versed in emerging technologies and capable of driving digital transformation. He wants to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment where he can apply his technical expertise to design and develop robust software systems, optimise network infrastructure, and implement effective cybersecurity measures. By gaining hands-on experience in these areas, he aims to become an asset to organisations seeking to leverage technology for competitive advantage.

Dlamini has a keen interest in research and development. He plans to explore opportunities to contribute to the advancement of ICT through innovative research projects and academic pursuits. He also aims to stay up to date with the latest trends and breakthroughs in the field, and potentially contribute to the development of cutting-edge technologies or solutions

He is currently enrolled for his Honours Degree in ICT: Business Analysis and he plans to further his studies until he reaches his PhD level.

Dlamini advised ICT students to set specific goals right away and stay away from distractions that can hinder the achievement of those goals. He also urged students to take time to discover themselves and if they see that their friendships are not in line with their goals or enhancing their learning experience, they must forget about them and priorities their personal growth.

Pictured: Siyabonga Dlamini

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