A passion for protecting the environment and finding ways to eradicate air pollution led Ms Ziphokuhle Manqele to study Chemical Engineering.
To help her on her way she was awarded a Frene Ginwala Scholarship at UZKN’s Awards evening. This special prestige entrant equity award is made to top Black African women entering the University as new undergraduate students.
Manqele said she felt honoured, happy, and proud. ‘Above all, the award motivates me to perform well and work hard.’
She says she is really passionate about protecting the environment and finding ways of eradicating air pollution. What she loves about Chemical Engineering is that it looks at methods of processing raw materials without polluting the environment, which is a way of solving problems.
‘The biggest lesson I have learned is to believe in myself and never to lose respect for the people around me.’
Besides gaining her degree, Manqele’s dreams include owning a beauty parlour after graduation, having a family of her own and giving back to the community.
Her hobbies include writing poems and short stories, playing mind games and listening to music.
‘I’m an optimistic, strong-willed young woman who enjoys seeing people being happy.’