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Congrats: 23 Year Old Makes History by Becoming Africa’s Youngest Female PhD Graduate

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At the age of 23 Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe has made history, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Psychology, from the North-West University – Mafikeng, in South Africa.


Saurombe’s PhD thesis passed without corrections, a remarkable feat.

“Congratulations to 23 year old Musawenkosi Saurombe. She is the youngest female PHD Graduate in Africa with a Research thesis of No Corrections & Amendments,” a statement from North West University said.

Her PhD thesis looked into the talent value propositions for academic staff members in higher education

In an interview with Drum she said “I am defined by my African name ‘Musawenkosi’, which means ‘God’s grace’, and indeed my life continues to be a story of God’s grace”.

Saurombe serves on the executive management for Golden Key Mafikeng Campus, which is responsible for organising and directing community service events for the organisation, ensuring that the Golden Key Committee reaches out and makes impact in the communities.