ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY STUDENTS SHARE ASPIRATIONS

A QUARTET of ambitious analytical chemistry students studying at BCC’s Potsdam Site has laid bare their dreams and aspirations to change lives of the poor and ordinary through science.

The four, who’re at the back-end of their six-month practical training (as per curriculum requirements) in pursuit of ascending the stage to receive their due honours this May graduation, have their eyes firmly fixed on securing top positions in … some of the world’s biggest multinationals.

“My dream is to one day work for AngloGold Ashanti as a chemical analyst in the hopes of shaping, for the better, one of the world’s most lucrative and leading industries – mining,” said Amanda Velebayi.

Masters student Jairos Mhlanga said analytical chemistry was crucial in obtaining, processing, and communicating information about the composition and structure of matter. It has applications in forensic science, bio-analysis, clinical analysis, environmental analysis, as well as materials analysis.

(FROM NEAREST TO CAMERA)Students Kate Mtatyana, Amanda Velebayi, Sipamandla Gebeda and Zemixole Mkalipi ahrd at work

(FROM NEAREST TO CAMERA) Students Kate Mtatyana, Amanda Velebayi, Sipamandla Gebeda and Zemixole Mkalipi, hard at work

He said his interest in chemistry remains ignited because the discipline doesn’t stagnate but continues to evolve across a broad spectrum of fields.

“Chemistry is life, and life is chemistry. Almost everything that happens around us, from the soil to our clothes, food to pharmaceuticals and water involves chemistry. It’s very broad and invariably presents many work opportunities in many fields in mainly manufacturing and analysis,” added Mhlanga.

Zemixole Mkalipi, who dreams of working for pharmaceutical giants Aspen Pharma, said the most fulfilling trait about the field was the ability to analyse and, most importantly, come up with evidence and scientific-based workable solutions that help benefit the community.

Another student Kate Mtatyana, who has her sights set on PetroSA, warned the 2017 first-year incumbents against lethargy and distraction, saying they would need to be exercise discipline together with impeccable time management.

“This course is not for the faint-hearted and needs students to be dedicated and clear in terms of their priority to study first and foremost before anything else. Failure to do this will surely result in disappointment and despair,” said Mtatyana.

Sipamandla Gebeda, who wants to work for Armscor, said one of the secrets to success would be the students’ willingness to sacrifice leisure time to concentrate on academics, and also to work with other students through the establishment of study groups.

By Thando Cezula

BCC Marketing and Communication Officer

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