With over 106 000 applications received for first-time undergraduate study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and only 9 043 (spaces) available, the University is abuzz with first-year students as they begin their journey in higher education.

Following the National Senior Certificate (NSC) result published on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, final firm offers have been made (and continue to made) to undergraduates to study at the institution. This has seen an outpour of students coming into the University to begin their enrolment process.

Ms Ntokozo Vilakazi (19), who hails from KwaNongoma, northern KZN, and has been accepted for a Bachelor of Commerce degree, said attending the University has been her childhood dream. ‘I`ve always told my mom – since I was a little girl – that I would study at UKZN, so having been accepted here is a real dream come true. I can’t wait to meet new people and start my journey of independence as I move into residence,’ she said.

Hailing from Scottburgh, south coast of KZN, both Mr Mfundo Mnyandu (21) and Mr Olwethu Manana (18) will be pursuing a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree this year. Mnyandu said that he was hopeful for his first- year, while Manana explained his plans for changing his course to a Bachelor of Medicine later on.

Ms Nosanda Mzizi (20) who resides in Ixopo, southern KZN, and who will be studying a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, maintained that her only plan for the year was to pass her first-year studies.

Born and bred in Durban, Ms Farah Moidin (17), mentioned how smooth her enrolment process at the University had been, thanks to helpful staff.  Studying towards a Bachelor of Medical Science in Physiology, Moidin revealed that she is the second generation in her family to study at UKZN. ‘I know that this is a good University because my dad studied here, and now both my sister and I are studying here. I can’t wait to adjust to this new setting of varsity life and get a taste of the real world,’ Moidin said.

Author: Hlengiwe Khwela

Photographer: Sihle Mthethwa