Ms Bavelile Hlongwa
Ms Bavelile Hlongwa, UKZN alumna who was recently appointed Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy.

The University Community is deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Ms Bavelile Hlongwa.

Early reports indicate that she was among three other people who stopped to render assistance at an accident scene when they were killed. Much of her life was characterised with the spirit of Ubuntu.  It is therefore not surprising that her final act was one of bravery. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

The late Ms Hlongwa was an active alumnus of UKZN. She graduated with a Bsc in Chemical Engineering and was studying for a Masters in Public Administration at UKZN. As a student she displayed tremendous leadership skills, having taken an active role in student leadership matters.

During her studies, Hlongwa served in the Student Representative Council (SRC); first as an academic and transformation officer, and then as Central SRC President in 2009. After her graduation, she continued to serve her alma mater as deputy president of the Convocation Executive.

Originally from the South Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal, Hlongwa entered UKZN’s Science Foundation Programme after matriculating from Sihle High School which propelled her into her studies in pure and applied chemistry, followed by chemical engineering.

Her career has included work as a community health worker and tutor during her undergraduate studies. Later, she went on to work in the refinery industry as a process technologist, production engineer, and gas scheduler.

While a student, Hlongwa also played for the University’s Durban ladies’ soccer team.

For one as active as she was her tragic death will leave a vacuum at the University. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Hlongwa family and friends and we wish them strength through this difficult time.

The late Ms Hlongwa was an active alumnus of UKZN. She graduated with a Bsc in Chemical Engineering and later a Masters in Public Administration from UKZN. As a student she displayed tremendous leadership skills, having taken an active role in student leadership matters.

During her studies, Hlongwa served in the Student Representative Council (SRC); first as an academic and transformation officer, and then as Central SRC President in 2009. After her graduation, she continued to serve her alma mater as deputy president of the Convocation Executive.

Originally from the South Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal, Hlongwa entered UKZN’s Science Foundation Programme after matriculating from Sihle High School which propelled her into her studies in pure and applied chemistry, followed by chemical engineering.

Her career has included work as a community health worker and tutor during her undergraduate studies. Later, she went on to work in the refinery industry as a process technologist, production engineer, and gas scheduler.

While a student, Hlongwa also played for the University’s Durban ladies’ soccer team.

For one as active as she was her tragic death will leave a vacuum at the University. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Hlongwa family and friends and we wish them strength through this difficult time.

Ends.

Issued by:

Ashton Bodrick

Executive Director : Corporate Relations