Frene Ginwala entrance scholarship winner, Ms Neliswa Mbatha, hopes she is able to make an impact in her community, similar to what Ginwala did.
Mbatha, who matriculated at Queensburgh High School last year, is now working hard towards a BSc in Applied Chemistry.
‘I feel really honoured to receive such a prestigious award and am grateful for the excellent position it puts me in. I am part of a field that is very competitive with only a handful of women in it.’
Mbatha chose to study Applied Chemistry because she feels it is a course that challenges her and feeds her curious mind.
‘My father is my role model because he has always been very supportive and has helped me become the driven young person I am,’ said Mbatha.
She sees herself as someone who is consistently growing and taking time to continue learning. ‘I am an optimistic yet realistic person. I try not to dwell on anything that is negative because it’s better to focus on finding solutions to problems.
In her spare time Mbatha enjoys reading and plays netball to keep fit.