- Dr Nompumelelo Shange and Dr Roderick Juba achieved their PhD degrees on the same day in the Faculty of AgriSciences
- The power couple have been together since 2016 and had a traditional wedding ceremony last year
- Although they were both in the Western Cape, the couple lived in different cities but were still able to maintain their relationship
Dr Nompumelelo Shange and Dr Roderick Juba are a power couple and a force to be reckoned with. The couple received their PhD degrees on the same day and both were in the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University.
Dr Juba received his in Conservation Ecology while Dr Shange received her degree in Food Sciences. Dr Shange and Dr Juba are from Inanda and Humansdorp respectively. The couple met in 2010 and started dating in 2016.
Dr Shange and Dr Juba got married in September last year during a traditional wedding in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal.
Speaking about their white wedding ceremony, Dr Shange said:
“Because of Covid, we had to postpone our white wedding to next year."
Over the past few years, the couple has successfully maintained their relationship despite living in different cities. Dr Shange was based in Stellenbosch and Oudtshoorn while Dr Juba studied part-time towards his PhD while working for an NGO based in Cape Town.
“I’ve learnt about persistence, perseverance and hard work from him,” said Dr Shange.
“And I’ve learnt that she’ll do anything to get things done, and that hard work is part of that,” Dr Juba added
The inspirational couple is now planning to use their education to both motivate and help others do the same.
In other inspirational news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a lady who celebrated bagging her PhD. @Miss_Lollie_M shared a post on Twitter in celebration of her latest accomplishment which she captioned:
"You may now call me Dr #phdlife #gradparty in a pandemic."
The post also included a picture of herself and a few of her good friends celebrating the stellar achievement by having a fun pool party - staying true to her obvious funloving and outgoing nature.
Briefly.co.za also reported on a young man who excitedly celebrated achieving his Honours degree. In a post shared in Facebook's ImStaying group, Essien George explained how he just got his Honours Degree in Education. In the motivational post, he also explains how he is planning to get both his Master's and PhD:
"Honours in Education done and dusted, heading towards Master's, till I reach PhD, that's why #ImStaying."
Meanwhile, Facebookers and Stayers were left nothing short of impressed. Many of them headed to the comment section of the post where they wished him a long, happy and successful life.
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