Ma­ti­wa­ne gra­du­a­tes with a doc­to­ra­te

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Zo­la­ni Sinxo

Not on­ly did she in­spi­re ma­ny to furt­her their e­du­ca­ti­on to un­lock doors of op­por­tu­ni­ty, but Buyis­wa Ma­ti­wa­ne wal­ked the path to a­chie­ve w­hat she has been pre­a­ching as an e­du­ca­tor to her stu­dents for y­e­ars.

Ma­ti­wa­ne, who is now to be ad­dres­sed as "Doc­tor", re­cent­ly obtai­ned her Ph.D. in Le­ar­ning Sup­port at the U­ni­ver­si­ty of South A­fri­ca.

Ma­ti­wa­ne (47) star­ted her a­ca­de­mic ca­reer at I­mi­za­mo Yet­hu High S­chool w­he­re she ma­tri­cu­la­ted in 1989. She at­tai­ned her Se­ni­or P­ri­ma­ry Te­a­chers Di­plo­ma in 1993, a B.Tech in E­du­ca­ti­on in 1998, B.Ed Ho­nours in 2006 and a Mas­ter's de­gree in 2011.

She says w­hat in­spi­red her to obtain her Ph.D. was w­hen she saw so­meo­ne we­a­ring a red gra­du­a­ti­on go­wn ma­ny y­e­ars ago. "I as­ked, 'Why is that per­son we­a­ring such an u­nu­su­al go­wn?' W­hen I was told why, I said to my­self I want to we­ar that go­wn one day. I ne­ver ga­ve up on that dre­am," says Ma­ti­wa­ne.

Ma­ti­wa­ne at­tri­bu­tes her success to self-dis­ci­pli­ne and lo­ve for e­du­ca­ti­on and, most im­por­tant­ly, the sup­port of her fa­mi­ly. She star­ted wor­king as a te­a­cher at M­zoxo­lo P­ri­ma­ry S­chool at age 24 and has been with the s­chool for o­ver two de­ca­des, w­he­re she hel­ped mould and in­spi­re le­ar­ners to a­chie­ve success in li­fe.

As­ked if she al­ways wan­ted to be a te­a­cher, Ma­ti­wa­ne says, "I be­ca­me a te­a­cher by de­fault. I al­ways wan­ted to be a la­wy­er, ho­we­ver that didn't work out well. But w­hen I got in­to te­a­ching, I fell in lo­ve with it im­me­di­a­te­ly."

She said w­hat she lo­ves a­bout te­a­ching is seeing stu­dents lis­te­ning at­ten­ti­ve­ly and em­bra­cing kno­w­led­ge and ap­plying it to ma­ke them success­ful.

Wo­men em­po­wer­ment is al­so one of the t­hings that in­te­rest Ma­ti­wa­ne. She be­lie­ves that if wo­men can fo­cus on e­du­ca­ti­on, this will bre­ak the circle of wo­men a­bu­se and ma­ke them self-suf­fi­cient and not de­pen­dent on men.

Ma­ti­wa­ne, who is al­so kno­wn as a mu­sic lo­ver and spent ma­ny y­e­ars te­a­ching mu­sic at schools, is now wor­king as e­du­ca­tor at the Ge­or­ge Cor­recti­o­nal Ser­vi­ces. Her P.hD. the­sis fo­cu­ses on cre­a­ting gui­de­li­nes for le­ar­ning sup­port needs of in­car­ce­ra­ted o­pen dis­tan­ce le­ar­ning stu­dents in a chan­ging e­du­ca­ti­on lands­ca­pe. In her qua­li­ta­ti­ve stu­dy, she de­ve­lo­ped gui­de­li­nes to as­sist with the hig­her e­du­ca­ti­on of in­car­ce­ra­ted stu­dents.

Dr Buyis­wa Ma­ti­wa­ne with her hus­band, Ve­li­le.

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