Tendani Mutavhatsindi makes it against all odds Tendani Mutavhatsindi makes it against all odds
The Univen community celebrated Africa Day on 24 May. Themed ‘Showcasing African unity in diversity’, the main attractions were Univen arts groups and a... Tendani Mutavhatsindi makes it against all odds

The Univen community celebrated Africa Day on 24 May. Themed ‘Showcasing African unity in diversity’, the main attractions were Univen arts groups and a debating competition.

“Univen is a university in transformation which is strengthening its position as locally relevant but globally competitive,” said Univen’s director: international relations, Cornelius Hagenmeier. “The Univen community appreciates and celebrates its diversity as one of its core strengths. This celebration was an expression of the spirit of ubuntu which prevails at Univen and unites the university community.”

The Univen debating fraternity and the Model United Nations explored whether Africa had improved since the continent committed to unite on 25 May 1963, the day the Organisation of African Unity was founded. The Univen debating society, which presented the argument that Africa then had been in a better state, won the contest.

Wiseman Ndhlovu and Nyeleti Mboweni presented a quiz in which they tested the audience’s general knowledge of Africa. Those who answered the questions correctly were rewarded with African tokens.

Nomagamaphelile Bam, in white Xhosa attire, won the competition for the best dressed person wearing traditional attire. The celebration was organised jointly by the directorate of international relations, the student representative council and the univen international student union.

Some give up on their dreams due to financial constraints, but the thought of giving up never crossed Tendani Mutavhatsindi’s mind. He believed that education is the key to success. As it is often said, a poor background motivates.

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Tendani Mutavhatsindi and his mother. Photo Courtesy UNIVEN

His pain was put to ease during the recent Univen graduation ceremony, when he graduated with a bachelor of science degree. However, there was more joy in store for him, as he was also named the best student in mathematics. “I am really surprised as I was not expecting this, but I believe is through my hard work and dedication,” said the 21 year-old who hails from Vhurivhuri Village.

He encouraged students to work hard so that they can excel in their studies. “If you have a bad attitude towards mathematics, you will not make it. A positive attitude and hard work is the key. Education unlatches many job opportunities. I hope it will help me to get my dream job,” said Mutavhatsindi.

Several students received a school medallion. They were Fulufhelo Powrdness Tahulela, school of health sciences, Mulamuleli Tshitangano, school of environmental sciences, Zandile Petronella Khoza, school of mathematical and natural sciences, Mushe Magoro, school of management sciences, Tshepo Pholo Raseala, school of human and social.

Source: University of Venda

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