TSiBA Grad Nqobile Bhengu Reflects on Life and Work

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Written by Nqobile Bhengu, TSiBA Alumni & 2012 BBA Graduate

Growing up in a small township in Durban called Ntuzuma, I never thought I would be where I am today and it wasn’t in my plans to travel around the world. However, God had His own plan about me, after completing Grade 12 at Nqabakazulu Comprehensive High School, God opened doors for me that I didn’t even knew that they exist. In 2007, I relocated to Cape Town to join TSiBA and this was quite exciting for me and a little bit nervous as I was leaving home for the first time.

Being a student at TSiBA was one of the best experiences of my life; I learnt and grew to become a very independent woman. Having said that, it was not always smooth sailing and very often I had to choose to make sacrifices to keep up with my studies. Eventually all the hard work and sleepless nights began to start paying off when God blessed me with an opportunity to go do my IPJ internship in Switzerland and I was able to travel around Europe and I also went to do research in Malawi. There was no greater feeling in the world than the feeling I had when I finally graduated with a BBA in 2012!

When I entered the working world I had absolutely no fear because I knew TSiBA and my IPJ work internship experience at Novartis in Switzerland had prepared me well. I started my first job at one of the biggest FMCG companies in the country - Unilever. Since joining the company in 2013, I have never been treated differently because I didn’t graduate from a big, well-known institution and I had equal opportunities like everyone else.

Today, I’m proud to say I am ending my stay at Unilever as one of the top performing employees and have been awarded a number of accolades which proves that it is not about the size of the university that you came from but how you transform your knowledge and skills into delivering great results with the ambition and hunger to succeed in everything you do. I’m now relocating from Durban to Johannesburg to take up a role at Danone SA and again, I know my foundation is strong and I will be able to meet the new challenges.

Wherever I go I always remember the important role that TSiBA has played in helping me accomplish my goals. I cannot help but feel gratitude and want to give back, and what better way than through keeping the TSiBA Pay it Forward concept alive, a concept I’ve kept close to my heart ever since it was introduced to me.  In 2013, me and a couple of my friends we initiated a project named “Addicted 2 Giving”  and we adopted a home that looks after 80 children, so on yearly basis we do something big for them that will empower them on education.  This is what inspires me to jump at any opportunity to Ignite Opportunity for someone else, just like TSiBA did for me!

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