No hill was too high for Govender to overcome

Denolin Govender with his grandmother, Neelavathy Govender.
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“You are who you join”

Denolin Govender said if it was not for his friends who have been an ingenuity to him, he would not have graduated with Cum Laude.

Chartsworth, Umhlathuzana born student graduated with Diploma in Town Regional Planning at the Durban University of Technology on Tuesday, 07 May 2019.

Govender completed Matric in 2013, with no intentions of furthering his studies as he was concerned about seeking work to assist his grandmother and brother in basic monthly needs.

Govender said his high school friends saw the potential in him to achieve great lengths.

“They got together and filled out a CAO application on my behalf as they knew me very well and what I desired to become someday. Upon the various courses applied for, I was accepted for Town and Regional Planning at the Durban University of technology,” he said.

In 2014, Govender’s grandmother fell sick which brought about various stresses and resulted in him not producing good results on one of the modules.  

Govender, who is currently a B-tech student said, “After a discussion with my financial supporter, I took it upon myself as a discipline measure to find employment in the following year (2015) to save enough money to complete what I have started. In 2016, I returned to campus and completed the module I fell back on in 2014.”

As part of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL), Govender served his 12-months of in-service training at the KZN Co-Operative and Traditional Affairs, Spatial Planning in Pietermaritzburg.

This however, also brought with it difficulties as transport from Chatsworth to Pietermaritzburg daily was challenging. Another blessing in disguise came to him as his then team leader, Acting director of the department, Amanda Zungu offered to travel with him at no additional costs.

Having a close relationship with Amanda gave him a new prospect on the Town Planning profession.  

“It is what motivates me to achieve new heights within this profession today. Our beliefs aligned, as it was not about making money to be rich, but rather leaving behind a legacy that will leave behind a long lasting impact in the world we live in, which was to serve the people that are disadvantaged due to past apartheid experiences and improving their lives by developing greater opportunities and access to services that they have been deprived of,” he said.

Denolin Govender with his girlfriend, Sauri Moodley
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Govender paid his sincere appreciation to his grandmother, saying his life would not have been imaginable without her; his uncles, mentioning that  academia would not have been possible without their financial support; his girlfriend and classmates.

“This Cum Laude pass wouldn’t have been attainable without you’ll daily motivation”

The Durban graduation ceremonies started on Monday, 6 May 2019 and will end on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. All sessions will be held at the Fred Crookes Sport Centre, DUT Steve Biko Campus.

By Mndaba Lindelani

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