From handouts to an ace student: A South Africa youth excels in maritime studies in Vietnam!

Pretoria: 19 October 2015

Cyril Zenzele Makukula of KwaZulu Natal ain’t no ordinary young person – at least not if his extremely poor background on the one hand, marked sharply by sheer desperation of a life survived wholly and literally on hand outs, and on the other; his current exceptional performance as a maritime studies student at a foreign university in South East Asia; are anything to go by!

Zenzele Cyril Makukula (Photo source: LinkedIn)
Zenzele Cyril Makukula (Photo source: LinkedIn page)

The contrasts could not be sharper for ordinary expectations, nor his current exceptional class achievements so far, readily predictably given the background.

Zenzele’s “sharper than a razor blade” story emerged from Hanoi this week after first year students’ final year-end results released by the Vietnam Maritime University’s International School of Education a week ago, showed that Zenzele emerged as South Africa’s top performing student in his class at the university where he passed with five (5) distinctions out of six modules he was enrolled for in the current year.

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