Applaud Her, She’s Just 27 But A PhD Holder In Polymer Science


Reports have it that a 27-year-old woman, Motshabi Sibeko has joined the league of South Africa’s PhD degree holders in Polymer Science.

As one of the youngest South Africans to bag a PhD degree in science, Motshabi Sibeko is being celebrated across South Africa after she obtained her PhD in Polymer Science at the University of the Free State.

BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Sibeko grew up in Bolata, QwaQwa and registered as a student at the University of the Free State in 2007.

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Based on what she said, the support of her parents, who are not conventionally educated, and her nine siblings, pushed her to work harder than her mates.

Sibeko said she dedicated years to hard work and that her records have always indicated that she’s out to be exceptional.

She told reported that she “was always the quiet one. I would go to school and then come back and do my homework…It is never about where you come from; it is about the work that you put in. I always worked hard so that my work would speak for me.

I am very excited because I am the first to obtain a PhD in my family. When I finished with my Masters, I just thought to myself that I was still very young and wanted to study further.”

According to her, her postgraduate studies were funded by the National Research Forum (NRF) and she din’t have to worry about how to pay her fees because she worked hard.

“If you work hard then you wouldn’t have to worry about how you will pay for your studies. I traveled to Italy twice for my studies and everything was provided for. I did not worry about a cent,” Sibeko divulged.

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She further related that she’s lecturing postgraduate students at Free State university and has been granted another opportunity to do her postdoctoral studies in Port Elizabeth.

“I am looking forward to it and I am very excited. I can safely say the future is too bright, but after my postdoctoral studies, I am done.”

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