Meet SA's youngest chemistry PhD holder: Nomfundo Thobeka Mahlangeni

Meet SA's youngest chemistry PhD holder: Nomfundo Thobeka Mahlangeni

- Nomfundo obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2017

- She achieved this at the relatively young age of 28

- She lost her dad when she was still a child and was raised by her single mom

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An inspirational young woman from Ndwedwe in KwaZulu-Natal is a proud holder of a PhD in Chemistry at the of 28.

Nomfundo Thobeka Mahlangeni graduated with her doctorate in 2017 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), according to SABC News.

Remarkably, she made this achievement despite losing her dad when she was a child and being raised by her single mother.

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According to her LinkedIn profile, Nomfundo is now a postdoctoral research fellow at UKZN. Her specific areas of research are environmental chemistry, food chemistry, and natural products.

The brilliant researcher said she focused on her studies from a young age in a bid to improve her family's situation. Her mom is a retired teacher who also raised two other children, learned.

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Speaking to Destiny Connect, Nomfundo said it was incredible to see how her achievement inspired people on social media.

She now wants to inspire more young girls, especially in the rural areas, to pursue higher qualifications:

I grew up in a rural area where education is not at the top of the priority list, and I want to change that. I believe that girls need to be inspired by seeing other girls going out there studying and realising their dreams.

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