Mangosuthu University of Technology will confer a posthumous National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering to Nandipha Zaqoza.
The Eastern-Cape born Zaqoza was well known among the Mechanical Engineering lecturers as a bright, honest and hardworking student. She performed well during her Work Integrated Learning period and was employed as an intern engineer at Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation in Prospecton, Durban. Professor Ewa Zawilska, Head of Department at Mechanical Engineering said: “Nandipha was one of those unforgettable students, full of life and vigour. She always told me that she aspires to be an exceptional and phenomenal woman that will inspire young women around the world.” Prof Zawilska said she always spoke of advancing herself professionally and academically and always approached any assignment or project with a high level of maturity. “Her death was tragic as the car she was travelling in was hit by a truck on Sunday, 27 December 2015 and she died on impact. Her family laid her to rest on Friday, 14 January 2016 at her hometown of Ngqeleni near Mthatha.”
Her sister, Amanda Zaqoza said they still can’t believe that Nandipha is no more. “We shared a bond as sisters and at times I find it difficult to understand how she could have left us so soon. She was a passionate engineer, she dreamt of doing big things and she was somebody who always challenged herself every day.” Amanda shared that Nandipha had bold plans to change her family’s life for the better and “she always said that she wants to do something amazing for our parents. All her plans and objectives were centred on her belief in God. She always wanted to create an enabling environment for her friends and family and believed in the greater good.”
“The department of Mechanical Engineering is very sad about losing such a promising young lady, RIP Nandipha!” said Professor Zawilska. The posthumous diploma will be conferred by Chancellor Lindiwe Sisulu at MUT’s Seme Hall on the main campus on Friday, 22 April 2016 at 10am.