Three UKZN students were among the Top 100 young South African leaders chosen in a programme organised by Blackbark Productions and GradConnection and sponsored by First National Bank and Fasken Martineau.
Known as the Gradstar Awards, the programme matches the country’s finest young minds with potential employers and business mentors, basing its selection process on leadership ability, readiness for the workplace and academic performance.
The UKZN undergraduate students are Ms Priyanca Pillay (4th year Business Science- ISTN), Mr Sivashen Reddy (Bachelor of Science-Computer Science) and Mr Tureyan Cooppan (Bachelor of Science-Chemical Engineering).
More than 3 500 students across South Africa were put to the test in the four-phase judging process to discover students who displayed the most potential as the country’s future leaders.
Each student was paired with a business mentor - recognised through the Rising Star Programme - who provided valuable expertise and knowledge to give the students a solid foundation.
‘I was truly honoured and blessed to have been selected,’ said Pillay. ‘This experience has taught me that doing my best in everything and surrounding myself with positive individuals are the keys to success. I feel a sense of responsibility to work even harder now, to be a leader who can make a positive impact in the company I will work at in the future and in our country.’
The top 100 feature on the GradStar website: http://top100grademployers.co.za/future-leaders/2016/