Africa’s Youngest PhD Holder Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe Slays as Lecturer at University of Johannesburg

Africa’s Youngest PhD Holder Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe Slays as Lecturer at University of Johannesburg

  • In 2017, Zimbabwean-born Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe made history by becoming Africa’s youngest student to bag a PhD
  • The smart woman obtained her doctoral degree from North-West University (NWU) in industrial and organisational psychology
  • Now, the lovely lady is moulding other students and working hard as a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg

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A young woman born in Zimbabwe, who became Africa’s youngest woman to obtain a PhD, is killing it in the field of academia.

Africa’s youngest PhD holder is now a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg
Zimbabwean-born Musawenkosi is Africa’s youngest PhD holder. Image: Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe/Facebook.
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Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe, who was raised in Botswana, was just 23 when she landed her doctoral qualification in industrial and organisational psychology from North-West University (NWU) in 2017.

The brainy babe has always loved education and started her academic journey at 16, studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at NWU, graduating with distinction at 19, News24 wrote.

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Musawenkosi then obtained her honour’s and master’s degrees from the same institution at the ages of 20 and 21, respectively.

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According to The Herald, the smart woman previously worked at the University of the Free State. But now, the go-getter is an entire senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, mentoring other eager students.

Speaking to Africa News, Musawenkosi said that young people should believe they can be successful and work hard to reach their dreams:

“As young people, it is important to accrue the right character traits. Don't let anyone tell you that you are substandard, under par or unworthy of having a dream. Be daring, bold, and aggressive in your pursuit of success.”

Commenting on a post shared by Women Power Africa on LinkedIn that honoured the successful woman, peeps noted that they were impressed with the good doc:

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Lara Gbonigi said:

“Well done!”

Nii Abbey reacted:

“Such an astounding feat! Congratulations.”

Sampson Daniels wrote:

“Absolutely awesome! Congrats!”

Jozi surgeon makes history: Meet Dr Coceka Mfundisi, the University of Pretoria’s first female neurosurgeon

In a related story by Briefly News, a doctor who lives in Johannesburg is making big moves in the medical field and is the first female to have bagged a master’s degree in neurosurgery from the University of Pretoria.

The amazing Dr Coceka Mfundisi is also only the third black female to take on the field of neurosurgery in South Africa. The humble woman, who says she’s always been interested in neuroscience, now runs her own practice in Modderfontein, at Busamed.

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Kauthar Gool (Women Empowerment Editor) Kauthar Gool has been the Women Empowerment Editor at Briefly News since 2022. She holds a Master of Public Relations and Communication Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) (2022) and a Bachelor of Technology in Journalism from CPUT (2019). She has worked at the Fundza Literacy Trust, ITWeb, YOU Magazine, and Cape Argus. She is currently furthering her education in journalism at Stellenbosch University. Reach her at: