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Husband and Wife Beat the “Heat” and Achieve the Feat!

2017/04/19 10:36:56 AM

For husband and wife Nkululeko and Nonkululeko Masikane completing Postgraduate Diplomas in Management while maintaining a fair balance between family responsibilities, demanding jobs and busy social lives was no easy feat!


Mr Nkululeko and Ms Nonkululeko Masikane celebrating their achievement.

For husband and wife Nkululeko and Nonkululeko Masikane completing Postgraduate Diplomas in Management while maintaining a fair balance between family responsibilities, demanding jobs and busy social lives was no easy feat!

However, the Masikanes persevered, met the challenges head on and graduated amid great joy.

‘I remember the times I would attend lectures for the both of us as my husband had to watch the kids and ensure the household ran smoothly,’ said Nonkululeko.

‘We have done a lot of things together and we tend to excel and achieve more when we work as a team. I was really excited to embark on this journey with my husband because I knew that even though it would be challenging we would find a way to make it fun and enjoyable.’

The couple each hold leadership positions in their respective professions – Nkululeko is a Director and shareholder at Met-X Concrete Products and Nonkululeko is a Business Development Manager at Zimele, an enterprise development programme of packaging and paper producer, Mondi.

They both feel their newly acquired knowledge will be highly useful to them in the advancement of their careers.

‘Academic achievements are great, because the knowledge gained creates opportunities for sharing with others. We are where we are today because we are both inquisitive and wanted to advance our careers through using postgraduate studies as a tool and a process to grow and prosper,’ said Nkululeko.

Nonkululeko is looking forward to using the valuable insights gained from this experience to nurture and develop young leaders.

‘I am passionate about teaching and learning as I used to lecture finance subjects to DUT students and local government students in the KwaZulu-Natal municipalities,’ she said. ‘I plan to continue with lecturing as well as getting involved in developing SMMEs in our country. I believe I have a lot of value to add in developing policies and implementable strategies which would create a conducive environment for our SMMEs in our challenged economy.’

The Masikane’s, who have been married for 11 years, encouraged other married couples to consider pursuing a qualification together even it was in different fields as mutual support and advancement was key in marriage.

Siboniso Shinga

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