Reigning Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida has graduated with a BA Honours in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand.
The graduation ceremony was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Shudufhadzo was a guest of the Wits vice-chancellor, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi.
There were celebratory whoops of joy accompanied by tears of happiness as Musida received her degree in the same week that she celebrated her birthday.
She explained how the day was the culmination of a dream her beloved great-grandmother had for her.
“Growing up in Ha-Masia, deep in the heart of Vhembe District in Limpopo, my gugu always stressed that education was a fundamental stepping stone to success. How proud she would have been of me, her little Abi (I was known as Abigail as a child), who has earned this university degree.”
Musida also has Bachelor of Social Science degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Pretoria.
Vilakazi was keen to hear her views on mental health and learn about the initiatives she undertook during her reign as Miss South Africa.
Musida is a well-known advocate for mental health awareness and this year launched her online mental health initiative, #Mindful Mondays, in conjunction with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group and Discovery