Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma will be capped with a PhD tomorrow.
Durban - THE statistics head at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) will have her PhD conferred on her at Monday's graduation ceremony at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma will graduate with her statistics PhD. Her role at Caprisa involves her analysing research data and determining required sample sizes for studies. Yende-Zuma said she enjoyed the fact that her job had different challenges daily.

Yende-Zuma said she had no idea what statistics was when she entered university, but had always loved maths in high school. “When I was in high school, I didn’t know that there is something called statistics because we had no career guidance. All I knew was that I was going to study mathematics whenever I get an opportunity to further my studies.

“During registration at UKZN, I was told to register for mathematics and statistics, only to find that I will enjoy statistics more than mathematics and ended up choosing it as my major,” she said.

To young women, she said: “You will succeed if you are passionate about numbers and maths. The opportunities are vast - hard work, focus and discipline will allow you to succeed and realise your dreams. Aim high.” 

Sunday Tribune