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Monday, 18 December 2017

Student beats poverty and bereavement to receive degree cum laude

DEFYING THE ODDS: Simon Nsengimana, a foreign student from Rwanda, has cheated poverty and bereavement to receive his Masters’ degree cum laude during this Summer Graduation DEFYING THE ODDS: Simon Nsengimana, a foreign student from Rwanda, has cheated poverty and bereavement to receive his Masters’ degree cum laude during this Summer Graduation

While juggling his studies, work and maintain his family in Rwanda, a married father of two will be receiving his Master’s in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship with cum laude during this Summer Graduation.

“I arrived in South Africa in 2005 as a refugee, it was difficult for me to communicate in English since I am French speaker,” says Simon Nsengimana.

Simone registered for an English course at the Hatfield Assembles of God Church, which was a three-months Basic English course offered to the refugees free of charge.

The knowledge gained from the course assisted in improving his vocabulary and then Simon managed to secure a job as a security officer.

“When I came to South Africa, my ambition was to continue with my studies and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.”

However, he later enrolled at CPUT as a full-time diploma student in Management and Entrepreneurship Department.

He chuckles at one of his bosses’ disbelief upon seeing study books in Simon’s office. “When I told him that they were mine, he laughed at me and asked: “Can you study?” I said yes, but he never believed me.

“With the knowledge, I got in an Entrepreneurship course, I spotted an opportunity in taxis industry which I joined during the time of World soccer cup.”

While in the taxi business, Simon enrolled for a Masters’ degree in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. “I continued working hard in school and take my studies seriously. I made sure I attend classes, conferences and meetings as scheduled. I also use every opportunity to learn, I use my teachers a lot and search information from various materials.”

He also lost his father-in-law while he was in the middle of his BTech degree examination and his father in the last month of handing in his Masters’ thesis.

He intends to enrol towards a doctoral degree soon.

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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.