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Business | Meet competition winner Sithembiso Ndlovu

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Winner of the recent Entrepreneur magazine competition, Sithembiso Ndlovu is thrilled to have a spot on the University of Cape Town Project Administration course, presented in conjunction with GetSmarter.

Sithembiso NdlovuThe 10-week online UCT Project Administration course covers topics such as defining a project, scheduling, risk management, communication and measuring progress.

Although Sithembiso learned about project management as part of his university education, he believes that what you don’t know can hurt you, and is therefore looking forward to broadening his knowledge in this area.

Benefits of the course

While it will be a great help to him in his work, it will also benefit his personal projects. He feels that the topics that will be covered are important for all young professionals to learn, even if they are not directly involved in running or administrating major projects at work.

Sithembiso was born and raised in Gauteng, studied at the University of Johannesburg and now lives in Midrand.  He is a diligent student and firmly believes in the power of education. He started his studies with a National Diploma in Building Science.

This was followed by a BTech in 2005 and a Master’s degree in 2009, both in Construction Management. Currently he is doing her PhD in Engineering Management.

With more than eight years’ experience working in the field of the built environment, he presently works for Bigen Africa as a construction project manager.

Since 2006, he has also run a SMME that refurbishes ceilings and partitions. Besides his work and studies, he has also found time to write journal articles on green energy, waste management, and the lessons we can learn from China’s labour-intensive market.

Winning the competition

He was so excited when he received the phone call informing him that he had won the competition, that he had to go outside to “free and release” his happiness so as not to disturb his colleagues in the office. Even more exciting was the realisation that he would not have to book a flight or hotel room as the course is run entirely online.

Until he saw the competition, Sithembiso was not aware that the University of Cape Town, in conjunction with GetSmarter, offers short courses online, and thinks it is an excellent idea. He believes that such courses can benefit the youth of South Africa and the country as a whole, as more people have access to important subjects.

Sithembiso would like to thank the University of Cape Town, GetSmarter, Entrepreneur and the Course Convener, Brent Combrink, for this opportunity that he is very much looking forward to.

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