They are 16-year-old Ms Nonsikelelo Ndimande of the Umkhanyakude District, who matriculated at Sinethezikele High School scoring eight distinctions; 18-year-old Ms Naheeda Ebrahim of Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, who obtained seven distinctions in matric, and Ms Ayesha Kajee (17) of Westville Girls' High, who also got seven distinctions.
‘Anything is possible. I didn’t let my background or circumstances hamper me,’ said Ndimande.
UKZN was her first choice and the only university she ever wanted to attend. Although she had hoped to study Medicine, Ndimande is overjoyed at being accepted for a Bachelor in Pharmacy degree. She is interested in understanding the process behind drug composition and production.
‘I have big dreams and would love to become the most respected and successful pharmacist and medical doctor. I want to give back to my own community’.
Said Ebrahim: ‘UKZN was my first choice and I am pleased to be here. My sister graduated here as a pharmacist.’ Keen to follow in her sister’s footsteps, she says she knew an early age that she wanted to be involved in Pharmacy.
Coming to Durban from a small town and starting university was a huge adjustment but Ebrahim is determined to face any challenges that arise by working extra hard and focusing on her goals.
Said Kajee: ‘I chose pharmacy because I think it is a really good profession with flexible hours.’ ‘Classes are going well so far. At present we are doing revision and I am enjoying every moment.’
Also following in her sister’s footsteps, Kajee added: ‘I want to work for a government hospital because I feel that is where I will be helping more people and making a huge difference.’