- Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Mancosa
- He successfully completed the degree while working full time in government and managing his private life
- Mantashe said that hard work and discipline counted far more than intelligence while he completed his studies
Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has added to his academic achievements by graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree.
The 65-year-old managed to juggle his private life, his government responsibilities and his academic studies to graduate.
Mantashe said his success was more due to discipline and hard work than intelligence.
Due to Covid-19 Mantashe graduated virtually and used the opportunity to deliver a graduation speech aimed at inspiring young people to study.
Social media users took to the internet to react to Mantashe's graduation with many people congratulating him.
"You achieved this while doing a full-time job in the cabinet? Must be a miracle."
"At his age and with the demands of his work as a Cabinet Minister and ANC Chairmanship, it’s truly a remarkable feat"
Congratulations Minister setting up a good example for us
"Good Uncle Gwede. I am very much inspired as I will be undertaking my MBA in the July intake. Congratulations on your second Master's degree, and trust that the tools that you learnt will assist in implementing systems that will improve the Mineral and Energy portfolio."
Mantashe gets vaccinated
Earlier, Briefly News reported that South Africa's Minister of Resources Gwede Mantashe has just received his coronavirus vaccine and is encouraging Mzansi to do the same. He took to his Twitter account to share a short clip of the painless procedure.
"I have been vaccinated. We encourage people to get vaccinated to save lives & protect livelihoods #WeChooseVaccination" he captioned the post.
It was definitely a busy day at the East Rand Mall, with many people gathered to receive their jabs too. The Minister seemed a little camera shy as the administering nurse pulled down his sleeve and finally vaccinated him.
Government's solar water scheme a disaster
In other news, Gwede Mantashe says that the government is still pushing ahead with plans to install thousands of solar water geysers despite the issues they're facing, describing them as a disaster.
About 87 000 solar water geysers were placed in storage but only 7 000 have been installed so far, Mantashe said. The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy also mentioned that the geysers are not being properly stored and that a fund has been set up to cover the cost.
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