- SuperSport TV broadcaster Zama Masondo has bagged a Master of Arts qualification in African Languages from the University of South Africa
- The former SABC commentator, who specialises in isiZulu, says he still wants to further his studies and spoke about his journey with UNISA, which began in 2009
- Masondo explained that he used to study well into the night, often getting to sleep at 2am in his efforts to succeed
Legendary South African football commentator Zama Masondo has inspired many after graduating cum laude with a Master of Arts in African Languages from the University of South Africa.
Masondo was admitted through the recognition of the prior learning process and has been the narrator of football in Mzansi for many years. Also known as ‘ZZ’, Masondo launched his career with the SABC back in the 1980s and began as a translator and writer.
Masondo is a true inspiration
Masondo said, as quoted by UNISA:
“I would like to thank my supervisor, Professor Madonsela, whose guidance and unfailing enthusiasm has been a tremendous source of encouragement. His door was always open for discussions and advice and he never gave up on me.
“UNISA is an internationally-acclaimed university with the best reputation among distance learning institutions. I take every opportunity to recommend the institution to my fellow students, nationally and internationally."
Speaking about his ambitions, according to SowetanLIVE, the man, who is known for his ‘Ziiimbindaba madoda" signature, says he would like to continue furthering his studies.
Constant focus and attention
The 72-year-old veteran broadcaster said:
“It was difficult but I spent most of my time at that UNISA library in Pretoria. I was there almost every day. Even at work I spent most of my time studying. When I travel with TV commentary work, when the match ends I will get to the hotel and start studying from 11pm until 2am in the morning.
“When I got to the airport, before I flew I would study. I am going to continue with the topic when I start my PhD next year because I cannot wait to be called Dr Masondo.”
Pretoria produces another graduate
Looking at other stories regarding education, Briefly News reported that unexpected challenges can sometimes get in the way of finally finishing your degree. One Pretoria graduate took to social media to share the awe-inspiring story of how he finally made it happen.
In the Facebook post by popular student forum, Varsity World, Lehlogonolo Mashishi shares his first setback in university came after his initial funding body had let the young man down and left him with a whopping R106k in student debt.
The aspiring actuarial scientist spent his second year sacrificing the rent and pocket money from his new bursary to cover the old debt, all while working part-time just to make enough money for food and other necessities.
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