The exceptional academic exploits demonstrated by students in a BCC academic department were duly celebrated at an august affair hosted at the campus’ auditorium on Thursday 27 May.
A handful of glammed-up students from the people development and technology (PDT) department who outshone their counterparts during the 2020 academic year were the toast of the site as they received their just rewards from the rector and their faculty dean.
“I’m proud of each and every one of you for scaling the heights and being best. This is no small feat as you’ve worked very hard and diligently to ensure you perform with distinction when it comes to your academics. These are the manifestations of those efforts,” said BCC rector Prof Nosisi Feza.
Acknowledging the splendid effort made by the department’s academic society in organizing the event, Feza lauded the efforts of the committee in recognizing and celebrating academic prowess.
PDT academic society chairperson Thandaza Piliso, who was among the day’s biggest winners, said the event was invaluable in highlighting the value of hard work and dedication, as well as the subsequent rewards.
“It’s our duty as the entire WSU populous, including student leadership, to take charge and celebrate our fellow students and show them that indeed we recognize and acknowledge their grind. This day seeks to cast bright light upon our students, and shedding some of the dark that we’re always associated with,” said Piliso.
A top achiever herself, she recognized the significance of a leader being more than just a mouthpiece, but a change agent who more than talks the talks, but walks the walk with as much skill.
Office Management and Technology student Ntombozuko Madantsana, who won in two categories, chronicled the struggles students endured in the rollout of the online learning system.
“The efforts and achievements by the students are especially significant considering the struggles we’ve had with the online system. From not having enough data to working from remote areas that have no internet coverage, the challenges have been there but we’ve managed overcome those obstacles to become supreme academic performers,” said Madantsana.