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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Four Nelson Mandela University students have made it through the to the prestigious GradStar Top 100.

GradStar is a programme that recognises the top 100 students across the country based on leadership qualities and readiness for the workplace. Over 8000 entries were received this year which were narrowed down to the best 100. Many of the Top 100 students have received job offers from major employers as a result of being recognised through this programme.

The four Mandela Uni students included in this year’s list are language studies student, Azrah Rajah, accountancy student, Nkazimulo Kubone, law student, Liso Zenani and MBA student, Gary Sayster.

Azra holds a BA Honours degree in Applied Language Studies and will continue onto her Master’s in Applied Language Studies next year.  Her research interests centre around women and gender studies, hip hop culture and language studies. As a feminist scholar, her research explores and challenges the androcentric discourses of women in hip hop culture. 

“You have one life, don’t get caught up in trying to fit into others' vision of success that you forget to enjoy this journey.” 

Nkazimulo is a final year student studying towards a Diploma in Accountancy. She aspires to become a Chartered Accountant with a strong emphasis on finance and data analysis as she believes that capital is the underlying infrastructure for everything.

“I want to be part of creating solutions that make people and companies successful. My advice for students is to take the time to find out who you are and what your purpose is.

Final year LLB student and published story writer Liso, will soon be doing his articles at a corporate law firm and intends to pursue a career in corporate law.

“Work as hard as you can but be sure to rest too. Grab every opportunity that comes your way”.

Bachelor’s in pharmacy and Business Administration graduate Gary, is currently completing his research treatise in the final year of his MBA.

He aspires to synergistically utilise his healthcare and business management background to grow as a leader. Part of his short term plans include starting his master’s in international public health next year where he hopes to shed light on the need for adequate drug rehabilitation services in the public sector.

Gary believes that one should “always strive for excellence and all else will follow”.

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