Meet Senamile Masango, who went from being a teen mom to scientist

Meet Senamile Masango, who went from being a teen mom to scientist

- Senamile Masango became pregnant at the age of 16

- However, this did not deter her from achieving her dreams

- She is now a top nuclear scientist and provides mentorship to young people

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Despite falling pregnant at the age of 16, Senamile Masango went on to become a top nuclear scientist.

She was included in the first African-led experiment at the European Organisation for African Research (CERN), according to She was the first African woman to achieve this.

The 32-year-old scientist is currently studying for a PhD in Nuclear Physics at the University of Cape Town, learned.

Senamile originally comes from KwaNongoma in KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a BSc in Physics and Electronics from the University of Zululand.

She also obtained an MSc in Nuclear Physics from the University of the Western Cape. In an interview, she said she was determined to break the cycle of poverty in her family.

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The brilliant physicist is also heavily involved in mentoring young students in science. She does this through her nonprofit organisation, Women in Science and Engineering in Africa.

She explained:

I’m passionate about education and contributing to making the South African education system a better one by assisting in improving mathematics and science pass rates. I want to change the lives of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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