The University of the Western Cape (UWC) hosts an annual awards ceremony where students’ academic and extra-curricular achievements are recognised. The 12 areas of achievement include a number of leadership, academic and sports awards. The twelfth and most coveted of these is the Vice Rector’s Outstanding Achievement Award that is accompanied by a R10,000 cheque. Students are considered for this award when they display academic excellence, leadership abilities and social awareness through their participation in organisations and projects relevant to the UWC community.
Daniel Senzile Ndima not only ticked all these boxes but stood head and shoulders above his peers as the worthy fourth recipient of this award. A quick glance at this young man’s passions, motivations and entrepreneurial zeal and it becomes clear why he was recognised.
As a Fellow of the Class of 2012 Daniel is no stranger to entrepreneurial prowess. He is the founder of Achievers Elevation Foundation, an organisation that recruits Grade 12 learners from high schools in townships and rural areas and assists them in gaining access to tertiary education. Daniel is passionate about education and making a positive contribution. Through Achievers Elevation Foundation and future business endeavours he hopes to address the many socio-economic challenges our country faces.
Daniel has a B.Sc degree specialising in Biotechnology and is currently doing his honours in Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape. He dreams of providing innovative solutions within the food production and medical industries, and hopes to one day run a large biotechnology firm that offers consulting and product-designing services to South Africa, the African continent, and perhaps even the world.