David Shingirai Gate (Economics) completed his BCom Computer Sciences and Information Systems degree cum laude with NMMU in 2011 and is now pursuing a BCom Honours in Economics at the same institution. He is a holder of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship and has been nominated to represent the University on several academic platforms including the International Scholar Laureate Program. David’s main interests lie in Environmental and Waste management, Entrepreneurship and development and Emerging Technologies. David’s research into the Nationalisation of South African Mines was selected among the top ten in the country for the Old Mutual and Nedbank Budget Speech Competition and was awarded the position of 2nd Runner-up by the Finance Minister. As a student of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, David has already completed four exams towards attainment of Fellowship with the Actuarial body. David’s strong work ethic, apt leadership skills and discipline have meant that he has served on the committees of several societies and organisations including the South East Africa Climate Consortium Student Forum (SEACC SF), Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Golden Key and the Beyond the Classroom Leadership Program. David’s exceptional academic aptitude and distinction has ensured that he has collected several accolades and awards during the course of his study. These include the prestigious NMMU Council Award for being the best undergraduate degree student for 2009, best Mathematics and Statistics student in 2009, Second Best Economics Student and Best Economics Student in 2009 and 2010 respectively at NMMU. He has also worked with the Office for International Education and the NMMU Student Counselling and Career Development in 2011 as an orientation leader.
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