23-YEAR-OLD ZIMBABWEAN GIRL BREAKS ACADEMIC RECORDS.

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  • Musawenkosi is a 23-year-old with a Doctorate degree making her the youngest African with a doctorate degree.

  • Prof. Saurombe lectures courses in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology and supervises postgraduate research

  • She has won so many awards and has published books.

Musawenkosi Saurombe is a Zimbabwean girl who studied in South Africa and is now a higher education ambassador for Botswana.  Musawenkosi is a 23-year-old with a doctorate degree, making her the youngest African with a doctorate degree. Her doctorate degree is in Industrial psychology.

 

She became a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Psychology in 2017, breaking an astounding academic record of becoming the youngest female Ph.D. graduate in Africa. She previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at North-West University and later as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State Bloemfontein. She joined the University of Johannesburg in 2021 and was promoted to Associate Professor at the UJ in 2022.

 

Prof. Saurombe lectures courses in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology and supervises postgraduate research. She is also known for the work she does as a civic innovator, particularly concerning women and youth.

 

In July 2017, she was the emerging psychologist of the year for the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa, she also received an award of honor at BRICS International Forum, New Delhi, India in March of 2018.

 

In July 2018, she got the Track Chair Award at, the Academy of World Business, Marketing, and Management Development Conference in Athens, Greece. She also got the “Women of First” Bring Her Up Award, Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute in collaboration with The National Heritage Council (SA), Freedom Park Pretoria, in August 2018.

 

She was among the 2018 Class of 100 Most Influential Young Africans, Africa Youth Awards in September 2018, she got the CEO’s Award for IPM Youth Leader of the Year 2018, and also the Golden Key International Society Honourary Member Recognition NWU in August 2019.

 

She got the Golden Key International Society Honourary Member Recognition UFS in October 2020, featured in the documentary/film: The life and legacy of liberation icon; Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke, October 2021, featured in the 3RD Women’s Legacy Series by the Department of Basic Education; digital version of a publication available on the South African History Online (SAHO), October 202, and was nominated for the Positive Role Model Award at the Accenture 10th Gender Mainstreaming Awards, July 2022.

 

She admitted that it was not an easy feat and it took a lot of psyching to navigate through social pressures and achieve her goals; she said,  “If I had listened to what people will say about my age, gender or race, I would not have taken some of the steps that I took. My father had to sell his car, just to get me through my third year of study and also the general social challenges, usually being the youngest in my class.”

 

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