Mr Dhiven Naidoo, a young and brilliant BSc in Mechanical Engineering student, was awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVC) Scholarship for his outstanding academic performance.
This Scholarship is awarded to the three top-ranked undergraduate students proceeding from second to subsequent years of study in each of the four colleges at the University. This award recognises top performance over two or more years of undergraduate study.
Naidoo, whose role model is the late icon Nelson Mandela, was excited about receiving this scholarship as it reflected his hard work and dedication.
His favourite quote by Mandela being ‘education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’ Naidoo believes that he (Mandela) granted him the opportunity and access to education. ‘Mandela’s belief in the power of education made me respect the opportunity I have to study Engineering in South Africa and motivated me to do my best,’ he said.
The ability to contribute to the infrastructure of South Africa is what motivated him to study engineering. His passion for Formula 1 racing also played a huge role in this decision.
Once he completes his degree, he intends to apply for a graduate program within a reputable company. In the long run, he wants to be financially secure and travel the world.
Thankful to the scholarship sponsors for assisting him to secure his future, Naidoo hopes to one day be financially secure enough to help other students also realise their educational dreams.
His parents are also grateful for the scholarship. ‘We believe that Dhiven has done his best in his studies and deserves what he has achieved,’ said Mr and Mrs Dhiven.
Words: Manqoba Hadebe
Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal