Fit­ness guru grad­u­ates

The celebrity trainer will grad­u­ate with a de­gree in hous­ing and town plan­ning from UKZN

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Western Cape News - SI­BONGISENI MAPHUMULO si­bongisenim@the­newage.co.za

CELEBRITY fit­ness trainer Sbahle Mpisane will be among the 9 410 grad­u­ates who will be con­ferred with de­grees in var­i­ous fields this week as grad­u­a­tion sea­son kicks off at the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) from to­day.

The well-known daugh­ter of Sbu and Shauwn Mpisane will grad­u­ate with a bach­e­lors de­gree in hous­ing and town plan­ning. She is among the 62.2% of fe­male grad­u­ates at UKZN this year.

The fit­ness guru, who has ce­mented her name in cre­at­ing her brand as a per­sonal trainer and boot­camp pro­gramme fit­ness bunny, said it had been a tough road to suc­cess with her busy sched­ule pos­ing great chal­lenges to her stud­ies.

“I don’t know how many times I con­tem­plated quit­ting my stud­ies be­cause I was so busy,” she said. “Get­ting this de­gree has been a sur­prise to my­self more than any­one. Af­ter ev­ery neg­a­tive thought, I al­ways re­minded my­self why I needed to com­plete my de­gree.

“Jug­gling my so­cial life, work life and pri­vate life was chal­leng­ing but I al­ways knew my pri­or­i­ties and school al­ways came first be­fore any­thing. The thought of mak­ing my par­ents proud was my big­gest drive.”

The cer­e­monies in Dur­ban and Pi­eter­mar­itzburg started yes­ter­day and will end next Tues­day. It will see stu­dents grad­u­ate in var­i­ous fields in the four col­leges – agri­cul­ture, en­gi­neer­ing and sci­ence, health sciences, hu­man­i­ties and law and man­age­ment stud­ies. Of the 9410 grad­u­ates, 259 will re­ceive doc­tor­ates.

A to­tal of 112 stu­dents will be awarded their de­grees summa cum laude and 322 cum laude. This will be the first grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony that will be presided by the newly-ap­pointed chan­cel­lor, chief jus­tice Mo­go­eng-Mo­go­eng.

Ex­press­ing grat­i­tude to her sup­port sys­tem, Mpisane thanked her par­ents who in­spired her to study to­wards her hous­ing and town plan­ning de­gree be­cause she ini­tially wanted to join the fam­ily busi­ness in con­struc­tion.

She said that she be­lieved that the col­lege of hu­man­i­ties pro­vided a ground­ing en­vi­ron­ment and al­ways en­cour­ages one to be their own in­di­vid­ual.

“My ad­vice to other un­der­grad­u­ates is that they must al­ways find a bal­ance that works for them. Have fun while study­ing and your aca­demic years will feel shorter,” Mpisane said.

UKZN grad­u­ates will not be the only ones cel­e­brat­ing this week as grad­u­a­tion fever has also hit the Man­go­suthu Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy from to­day.

Among those re­ceiv­ing hon­orary de­grees will be IT giant and founder of Mi­croVi­sion, Colin Ralph Fourie.

He will be hon­oured by the fac­ulty of nat­u­ral sciences in recog­ni­tion of de­vel­op­ing his own soft­ware in ad­di­tion to be­ing en­trusted with build­ing sys­tems at the core of many busi­ness en­ti­ties.

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QUAL­I­FIED: Sbahle Mpisane grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lors de­gree.

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