Meet Mhlangabezi Mdutyana, 1st Black South African Observational Ocean Biogeochemist: Mzansi Is Amazed

Meet Mhlangabezi Mdutyana, 1st Black South African Observational Ocean Biogeochemist: Mzansi Is Amazed

  • Mhlangabezi Mdutyana is a young graduate who enters Mzansi's history books as the first black SAn to obtain a PhD in his field
  • Mdutyana received a doctoral degree in Observational Ocean Biogeochemistry on 14 December and peeps could not be more proud of him
  • His story was reshared Facebook's #ImStaying group where Mdutyana was on the receiving end of love and well wishes

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Mhlangabezi Mdutyana received his PhD in Observational Ocean Biogeochemistry from the University of Cape Town. This may sound like a feat on its own but to make things even more impressive, Mdutyana is the first black South African to obtain this doctoral degree.

Mdutyana's mother was a domestic helper and his father a security guard, he was raised in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. Mdutyana also slept on couches at friends' houses through his first year as his scholarship was not enough for him to make ends meet.

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He was shocked beyond belief when he was informed that his Master's degree was upgraded to a PhD.

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Mhlangabezi Mdutyana has become the first black South African to receive a PhD in his field. Image: University of Cape Town
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According to a statement released by UCT, Mdutyana explained his field of studies. He revealed that ocean biogeochemistry studies carbon and nutrient transformations that happen in geological, chemical or biological processes.

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Therefore, a person with his qualification will research or investigate what role marine organisms play in cycling nutrients and carbon in the ocean.

Mdutyana's story of living on couches to making history has inspired the nation, with Shireen Ebrahim sharing his lovely story on the #ImStaying group.

South Africans shower Mdutyana with blessings

Fawzia Mather said:

"Congratulations and well done. You are a champion. Make South Africa proud. Young man, the world is your oyster."

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Keshni Yelumalay shared:

"Congratulations on your awesome achievement."

Mandy Lala wrote:

"Congratulation and well done."

Nanette Crouse commented:

"That's awesome! Congratulations! This is what South Africa needs; a talented young new generation filled with ambition and matter what. May your future continue to be bright, and may you have great success."

Simone Madden added:

"Congratulations young man on making your life a success story for the kids of the future. May you be blessed and an example to all! No matter your circumstances... You can be whatever you want to be with perseverance and determination."

Meet Dr Andries Daniels: Nightwatchman turned PhD graduate goes down in Mzansi's history books

In similar news, Briefly News previously reported that 40-year-old Dr Andries Daniels bagged his PhD in viticulture from Stellenbosch University (SU) recently. The institution describes him as the first black SA man to bag a doctorate in viticulture.

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Daniels worked as a nightwatchman at SU's Visual Arts building while completing his undergraduate degree. He stated that he wanted to make something of his life and when the job of nightwatchman arose, he grabbed it with both hands.

Viticulture revolves around the protection, cultivation and harvesting of grapes outdoors. Daniels believes it has taken too long for a person of colour in Mzansi to secure a PhD, considering how long this field has been around in SA. According to News24, Daniels has been working as a research technician at the Agricultural Research Council Infruitec-Nietvoorbij in Stellenbosch for 16 years now.

Source: Briefly News

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