- A local man will be heading out to New Zealand to study science communication
- Blessing Nemadziva is a former student of Durban University of Technology
- The biotechnology qualification holder hopes to begin his New Zealand studies next year
Blessing Nemadziva will be flying the South African flag high once he jets off to New Zealand to pursue a science communication qualification next year. The young man, who currently holds both a BTech and Master’s degrees in Biotechnology, realised his passion for writing while completing his biotechnology qualifications at Durban's University of Technology.
Soon after giving writing a try, Blessing produced a number of literary works for which he is the recipient of various awards. In 2018, the talented young man was awarded the DUT Entrepreneurial Programme Grant towards his work in promoting South African literature through motion pictures.
He was also the recipient of the 2018 DUT Chancellor’s Award: Student Centredness for his work with the OnYoCampus Initiative, a campaign that uses media tools to encourage student participation in extracurricular activities.
“In 2018, I had an opportunity to meet with Professor Sibusiso Moyo in connection with one of my video projects. She enquired what course I was studying. When I said Biotech, her response was like, “Waal! A scientist involved in film?” She then recommended that I should consider a career in Science Communication."
Soon enough Blessing found himself applying for the qualification at three universities, namely the Australian National University, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago, New Zealand, all of which accepted him.
Blessing, whose parents are both educators, encouraged other scientists who love literature to look into science communication. He also reflected on how this new qualification will form a bridge of understanding for people who aren't clear on may scientific terms.
“I would understand this challenge because of my own background in biotechnology; we are comfortable speaking to other scientists about our research, but to discuss the same researches with maybe pupils in high school, or elderly people in rural areas, that’s a huge challenge. So the work of a science communicator is to help bridge that gap between science and society,” he said.
Unfortunately, Blessing was not able to head off to New Zealand in March this year as planned because of the country's lockdown restrictions. He hopes that next year he will be able to start his exciting new journey.
Briefly.co.za also reported that South Africa's darling, Zozibini Ntunzi has recently touched South African soil for the first time in a while. Miss Universe took to her Instagram pages to share some candid pictures of herself having a fun time at her home in Eastern Cape.
In her Instagram post, the local beauty can be seen preparing a traditional dish complete with fire a big black pot and a wooden spoon. She is also wearing the very traditional doek, apro, and flip-flops and in true African woman nature, she paired the flops with warm toe socks.
Fans of the beauty welcomed her home warmly and shared their thoughts on the way she boldly celebrates her culture. While fellow celebrity, Somizi tried to squeeze an invite out of the model by mentioning how he'd like a visit.
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