ANOTHER DUT STUDENT WINS THE ABE BAILEY TRAVEL BURSARY
By: Sthabiso Mdledle
The Durban University of Technology held a celebratory tea and press conference to honour one of their Abe Bailey awardee at the Council Chamber in ML Sultan campus yesterday.
Phindile Simphiwe Khumalo, from the Department of Homeopathy in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is the 2nd student in the department to win this prestigious award.
“I am very grateful for the support from the university, my friends, family and colleagues. I also that God for this opportunity. I am grateful that I was able to push, I don’t like failing,” she said.
Director for International Education and Partnership at the institution, Dr Lavern Samuels, commended Khumalo who will join 20 prestigious students from other South African universities.
“On behalf of the International Office, I would like to congratulate you. I hope you will do us proud when you travel. It will be a life transforming experience. All the people who have come back have been able to contribute at a new level,” said Samuels.
The Dean of the Health Sciences Faculty, Prof Lina Puckree, said that this is a prestigious award and a few people in this country have the opportunity to win it.
“It doesn’t come easy, I have to say that. It’s a contribution to your community at large. It’s work accumulated over a number of years. You can’t just go and get an Abe Bailey because you are an A student, you have to show that you have contributed in several ways,” she added.
Khumalo’s friend and colleague DUT Project Assistant at the HIV/AIDS Centre Dr Euvette Taylor, who also won the award in his junior years at the institution, said that he welcomes Khumalo to the group.
“Continue to inspire more young black women in our society who are looking for role models and heroes in us. We will see each other in the practice,” said Taylor.
Khumalo will meet other receipients in Cape Town on Wednesday for orientation. All Abe Bailey scholars depart South Africa for London on Friday.