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Friday, 15 April 2016

Do it for a worthy cause

INSPIRATIONAL: Dr Hasmukh Gajjar, Director of Free Your Mind Technologies, addresses last night’s graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences INSPIRATIONAL: Dr Hasmukh Gajjar, Director of Free Your Mind Technologies, addresses last night’s graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences

CPUT graduates were encouraged to allow worthy causes to determine their actions instead of being motivated by material gain.

This was the advice given by Dr Hasmukh Gajjar, Director of Free Your Mind Technologies, who was the guest speaker at last night’s graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences.

Having practised as a medical doctor for 12 years, Gajjar told the audience that he entered the world of business by accident and not by design.

“I was not motivated by material gain, but by a worthy cause,” he said.

“Spin the wheel, but never spin it expecting something in return because it may not spin for you.”

He said in the 1990s he was handpicked by former Director-General of the Department of Communications, Andile Ngcaba, to become the chairperson of the Vodacom Board of Directors where he ushered an era of transformation.

He told the audience that transformation was not a spectators’ sport and that everyone has a role to play.

He encouraged the graduates to follow their passions when choosing their vocations and warned that while tertiary education is necessary, it is not enough to spearhead them into fulfilling careers.

He urged them to gear up for life-long learning. “Learning does not cease today, you are about to enter the world of knowledge economy.”

He forecast that in 2019 70% of Sub-Saharan Africa will be covered in 3G Mobile Technology or even 4G and advised the graduates to enter the world with a mobile mind-set.

 

News of CPUT’s extraordinary alumni can be found in our Grad Mag 2016.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.