I was born and grew up in one of the roughest town ships in South Africa eKhayelitsha. Raised by a single parent, my Mum Nomakhosazana, with my older brother Yonela. My family is from the Eastern Cape, eCofimvaba in the old Transkei, that’s where my ancestors have been put to rest. Living in Khayelitsha has taught me a lot of things among them, to always do your best at all times, to work hard and be true to yourself. Khayelitsha is rough but I’m proud to say it’s my second home and its not where you come from but where you are going that is important.
I was fortunate to be sent to Wynberg Girls Junior and High for my school life. It was really a big change coming from the township to a modern school, but its true what they say they throw you lemons and you make lemonade. After matric I took a Gap Year to figure out what I want to do and helped out at home. After that year I went to CPUT to study, did my National Diploma: Accounting and BTech: Taxation. I was one of the lucky graduates that during my BTech year I got a job. I worked for companies like Chevron, Truworths Head Office, Old Mutual and UCT. My Finance experience from these companies has helped me to where I am today, showed me the value of teamwork and the importance of being productive and having a problem-solving approach to work.
I’m a very spiritual person and feel strongly connected to my Xhosa roots. I’m a proudly Black South African who is grateful to be where I am in life. I love my work in NGP and NGAP, working with UCT academics, helping as much as I can to make things easier and more efficient. Smiling is part of who I am and Dr. Morrell says that I bring good energy with me. I’m looking forward to spending many years in this environment, contributing to making UCT a happier and better university.
Peace and Love
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The Next Generation Professoriate (NGP) is a mid-career academic staff development and support programme. Funded by the vice-chancellor’s Strategic Funds, the NGP addresses demographic inequalities in the academic hierarchy. The goal is to help members become associate and full professors.
The NGP was officially launched in September 2015. By the end of 2018, four of its members had been promoted to full professor and a further 14 had reached the rank of associate professor.
The programme is led by Dr Robert Morrell, who has over 35 years of academic experience in South African universities. He has a B1-rating from the the National Research Foundation (NRF) and is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences in South Africa.