Episode: 12

Guest: Zandile Nxumalo – Biologist and Scientist from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Nam’Ngiyakhona Podcast Episode 12: If it’s going to be – it’s up to me.

Nam’Ngiyakhona is the podcast by the E-cubed Initiative of the Department of Education, that is inspiring young people in South Africa to be entrepreneurial. Creating millennial entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurials!

What does it mean to be entrepreneurial? We bring you incredible young people from across the country that are innovating, impacting, and disrupting their space for a better country and world. They are entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, entertainers and academic trailblazers and they are here to share their journey and tell us how they have been entrepreneurial.

We have a chat today with Zandile Nxumalo who a biologist and scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The largest research institute in Africa and developing world leading innovations.

She took a bold step after high school and went to complete her bachelor’s degree in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Roehampton University in the United Kingdom. Zandile stayed in the UK and later graduated with a master’s degree in Stem cells and Regenerative Medicine in 2017 from Aston Universityv also in the UK. She has been working in science and industrial research for six years, focusing on the development of biomedical devices.

She is an author having co-authored in a book titled “Application and challenges of synthetic biology” that has been submitted to the prestigious Springer Nature Private Limited in Singapore. She co-led a team that the developed and the registered e-Pathology digital software invention (first in the country) hat is currently deployed at the National Laboratory Health Services (NHLS). She has been recognised by Standard Bank’s Businesswomen awards as 2019 Top Young Achiever Under 40.

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