PhD graduate becomes SA’s first black observational ocean biogeochemist

21 December 2021 | Director Michael van Ryneveld. video edit Ryno Productions. Photo Lerato Maduna.

Mhlangabezi Mdutyana is a University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate. He’s the son of a domestic worker and a security guard and he grew up on the dusty roads of Polar Park in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

His goal is to inspire young and upcoming black scientists and to contribute to nurturing and producing the next generation of exceptional black researchers “who look like me and who come from the communities I come from”.

Mhlanga truly is an inspirational graduate.


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