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Graduation Amid Lockdown For SABC News Staff

SABC NEWS: Ronesh Dhawraj, a researcher at South Africa’s public broadcaster, the SABC is among many globally who have had to forego the pomp and cheer of a graduation this year. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic forcing countries into severe lockdown restrictions has impacted many events including graduation events.

Last month on May 20th, Dhawraj would have been capped for his doctoral thesis, the SABC staffer took to social media sharing his amazing achievement despite not having the opportunity of a graduation.

Today would’ve been my official #PhD graduation. No thanks to #Covid_19 those plans of being capped were scuppered. But my supervisor sent this today: what would’ve been read as I walked onto stage to #claimmyspace as Dr. Ronesh Dhawraj (D Litt et Phil). Grad pix loading

Dr Ronesh Dhawraj, Twitter
Dr. Ronesh Dhawraj (D Litt et Phil) | Picture supplied

A virtual tribute by fellow colleagues, Razeen Gutta and Taresh Harreeparshad.

Another three SABC News staffers will be conferred with post-graduate degrees at Durban University of Technology’s Virtual Graduation today, June 10, 2020. Award-winning Newsbreak Talk presenter Taresh Harreeparshad and Newsbreak presenter Tashlan Naidoo will each receive their Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Journalism. Hoosen Ebrahim, meanwhile will obtain his Masters degree in Journalism.

It was a tough journey for these gentlemen, who spent the last few years juggling their studies and work duties. The event will stream live from the DUT website and will be broadcast on two SABC Radio stations. Hoosen Ebrahim graduates with a Masters in Journalism –  only the fourth student in that department to be conferred this honour. Other graduates include Newsbreak’s Taresh Harreeparshad and Tashlan Naidoo, SABC TV News Journalist Simphiwe Makhanya and Ukhozi FM Current Affairs producers Cassandra Zungu and Slindokuhle Khumalo. 

Speaking ahead of the Virtual Graduation, the SABC staffers Taresh, Tashlan and Hoosen shared their thoughts.

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