Zimbabwean minister receives doctorate

A total of 538 students, including a minister from Zimbabwe, received their degrees at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) third March graduation ceremony on Wednesday (13 March). Watch video.

Among these students from the Faculties of Education and Economic and Management Sciences were six doctoral candidates.

One of them was Dr Tapiwa Mashakada, Minister of Economic Planning in Zimbabwe. He completed his study Macroeconomic consequences of fiscal deficits in developing countries: a comparative study of Zimbabwe and selected African countries with under the supervision of Prof Ben Smit, director of the Bureau of Economic Research and Prof Servaas van der Berg.

Prof Servaas van der Berg, Dr Tapiwa Mashakada and Prof Ben Smit. Photo: Anton Jordaan

Prof Servaas van der Berg, Dr Tapiwa Mashakada and Prof Ben Smit. Photo: Anton Jordaan

After the ceremony, Prof Mashakada said that he had researched the top universities in Africa and the rest of the world and his research brought him to Stellenbosch.

“I’m very thrilled and excited to have received this degree,” he added. “I want to use this degree to contribute to the better management of the Zimbabwean economy.”

He described SU as a fine institution and said the mentorship he received here was first-class.

“I love coming to Stellenbosch. I now regard the University as my life-long knowledge partner.”

Three staff members of SciMathUS, a programme that offers matriculants from disadvantaged schools who do not meet the requirements for admission to higher education but show potential, a second chance to improve their Grade 12 marks in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, received their degrees this week.

Anneke Müller, Denovan Wagner and Jeanne Cilliers. Photo: Anton Jordaan

Anneke Müller, Denovan Wagner and Jeanne Cilliers. Photo: Anton Jordaan

Mr Ramesh Jeram received his MPhil (Social Science Methods) on Monday, while Ms Anneke Müller and Ms Jeanne Cilliers respectively received their MEd and MComm (Economics) degree on Wednesday. A former SciMathUS student, Denovan Wagner, received his BComm (Fin Acc) degree at the same ceremony.

Denovan, from Cloetesville, wants to continue his studies to become a chartered accountant. He said SciMathUS played a big role in his success and his message to other students is: “Work hard and you will reap the rewards.”

Students in the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine and Health Sciences will receive their degrees on Thursday, March 14 at 16:30. Honorary degrees will also be awarded at this ceremony.

  • Visit www.sun.ac.za for more information. The ceremonies will also be streamed live at www.sun.ac.za/streaming.