He has covered stories from labour disputes to politics and plans to continue to report the truth. Sibembe adds that his degree has equipped him with the skills required to make a name for himself in the media industry. ‘I am now doing something which resulted from my degree. I couldn’t be any happier,’ he said.
A beneficiary of the Indimezulu Trust Fund, Sibembe thanked his family and friends for their support. ‘They were supportive because they believed in me and my dream of becoming a journalist/writer. They encouraged me to push on days when I felt like giving up.’
He described his time at UKZN as some of the best years of his life: ‘Because I lived at a residence on campus, I was able to take in so many things. In my first year, I was a closed book, keeping to myself. However, the vibrancy and openness of my fellow students made me more extroverted and that’s now helping me in my career.’ He evolved as a person and forged life-long friendships.
His advice to other students is, ‘Enjoy yourselves. Make the most of this chapter of your book. Fill it up with as many memories as possible.’