Noluthando Ndlovu, third year Information Technology (IT) student, is headed for China this month (November 2016) for the Telecom Seeds for the Future study trip.
Telecom Seeds for the Future is a global CSR flagship programme initiated by Hauwei since 2008. The programme seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge and transfer, promote a greater understanding and interest in the ICT sector as well as improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.
Ndlovu was chosen for the programme after submitting her CV containing her detailed academic report to her lecturer, Prinavin Govender, who handed it to Hauwei South Africa. Impressed with her curriculum vitae and her results, Hauwei South Africa awarded the ten-day scholarship to Ndlovu. She (Ndlovu) will leave for China on Friday, 4 November and return on Sunday, 20 November 2016.
The ambitious Ndlovu, said she has always loved telecommunications and networking. “I have always been curious when it came to telecommunications and that what drove me to pursue studies towards IT,” she said.
Ndlovu, who hails from Bhoboyi, Port Shepstone, is not only the first person from her family who will be flying abroad for the first time, but she is also the first one who will graduate in her family. Raised by her grandparents after her mother passed away, Ndlovu came to DUT with nothing but her hunger for education and her orphanage grant as well as money raised by grandmother from her street vendor job.
Since then, Ndlovu has excelled in her studies and continues to not only make her family proud, but her department as well. “We are really proud of Ndlovu and her excellent work. We wish her well in all her future plans and we know she will make us proud,” said Kesarie Singh, IT Head of Department.
Ndlovu vowed to make her Department and lecturer proud. “Words cannot describe how grateful I am for what DUT and the IT Department has done for me. I promise not to disappoint them,” she said.
– Noxolo Memela
Pictured: Noluthando Ndlovu.