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It is with great pleasure that I inform you of UKZN's Chair of Council, Mrs Phumla Mnganga, attainment of her PhD in Social Entrepreneurship from the Wits Business School. The degree was officially conferred on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 by Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand. The Chair of Council was unable to pursue her studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as it would have constituted a direct conflict of interest. On behalf of the Executive Management of UKZN, I extend our heartiest congratulations on this outstanding achievement. Studying towards a PhD is no easy feat panerai replica watches especially given Phumla's numerous commitments, and rightly so, she should be very proud of her accomplishment. As many of you may be aware, a doctorate signifies the greatest level of competence in a particular field of study, and requires self-discipline, a high level of analytical skill to perform rigorous research studies. The Chair of Council's said achievement is not only an indication of her level of commitment in contributing to the knowledge generation, but also showcases her ability to lead by example. Dr Mnganga's triumph intricately links to increasing the University's PhD numbers within the academic, and is also in line with the National Development Plan's target of producing 5000 PhDs by 2030. The plan describes a PhD as ''arguably the key qualification defining the quality research standards of a country, and is particularly acknowledged as a means for acquiring, generating and using research-based knowledge.'' I trust that members of staff will heed the call and take inspiration from her success. Professor Malegapuru Makgoba Vice-Chancellor and Principal