Dumsane Joshua Nkosi is studying mechanical electronics engineering

24th March 2021


Dumsane Joshua Nkosi is studying mechanical electronics engineering at the University of Cape Town. He attended Lugebhuta High School in Mpumalanga.

Matriculants should try to get their marks as high as they can. Then they can be flexible and switch to any course if they find out that the study area they wanted is not what it seems.

Tell us a bit about your school?

I attended Lugebhuta high school, a school in rural area in Mpumalanga called Schoemansdal. It is a school with motivated teachers who willingly giving most of their time to bring out the best from their students.

Why do you think some people have a problem with math and science? What would you do to solve the problem?

Most people fear maths and science, since they hold these subjects to be only for people whom they so believe to be geniuses. They just tend to not give enough of the effort their brains might require for them to achieve well in these subjects. What I noticed with most of my classmates was that they also had this fear in our previous grades, but we were lucky our grade twelve teacher was good enough to make some of us love maths and there was a great improvement in mathematics grades. I believe that also in science the same outcome could be expected.

Why did you enjoy science and maths?

With maths it was always a great thing to solve a problem; just that feeling and boost in self confidence is what I enjoyed. With science I enjoyed learning the scientific view of things, which made more sense to me than the natural way I couldn’t even explain.

Why did you choose the course you are studying?

As I noticed that I enjoyed solving problems I knew I had to do something that matches my interest. While searching for something I came across the field of mechanical and mechatronics engineering. As we are in the fourth industrial revolution, I thought there will be a lot of mechanical problems which will need solving.

What advice do you have for matriculants who have to apply for places in higher education institutions?

Matriculants should try to get their marks as high as they can. Then they can be flexible and switch to any course if they find out that the study area they wanted is not what it seems.