from NJABULO BUTHELEZI in Durban
DURBAN – TWO youths from Durban are the recipients of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA) Inspires 2023 award.
Thembelihle Mzobe is Durban University of Technology (DUT) graduate with a Diploma in ICT business analysis.
Mduduzi Shangase is studying towards an advanced Diploma in Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the same university.
According to ISPA, throughout her studies, Mzobe demonstrated passion for self empowerment and furtherance of her personal and academic goals.
She found that the business analysis course in ICT was most unique as it helped prepare and provided her with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in IT.
Mzobe has taken the first step to achieving her dream and wishes to further enhance her skills and education with an advanced diploma in ICT, which she believes will increase her access to job opportunities as well as enable her to personally grow within her desired career.
Shangase is described as an ambitious young software developer, a dedicated, innovative and hardworking student, having achieved an aggregate of 73 percent in his most recent exams.
He is lauded as self-motivated and makes continuous efforts to improve himself.
Shangase has served as a representative of DUT Insika Mans Network and is currently appointed as an application development 3 tutor.
“It is abundantly clear that South Africa has talented youth ready to take on the challenges of the country,” said Aurora Vani, Chairperson of ISPA’s Social Development Working Group.
ISPA fosters relationships with top achievers through, inter alia, sponsoring student membership with industry bodies such as the Institute of Information Technology Professionals (IITPSA).
Further, ISPA’s members are able to continue supporting these students by providing additional funding and/or by considering them for employment opportunities.
“Technology and the internet create a network that has brought people together to work towards creating solutions,” Vani said.
She said this had resulted in development that had moved at speeds that were unfathomable over 50 years ago.
“ISPA hopes to leverage off the creative thinking of the youth today and encourage their development to meet the challenges of the future.”
The ISPA Inspires Educational Sponsorship is an initiative supporting young individuals pursuing a career in the ICT sector.
– CAJ News