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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Extraordinary Women: Prof Tandi Matsha

CPUT is home to leading academics s who are making huge contributions to research.

One such academic is Prof Tandi Matsha, who is the founder and lead researcher at the Cardiometabolic Health Research Unit, which is based at the Bellville Campus.

Matsha, who is also the head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, is renowned for her work in the field of genetic and environmental risk factors in obesity related diseases. 

 CPUT news caught up with her as part of our Extraordinary Women series in honor of Women’s Month.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy facilitating and being part of the process of empowering others to succeed.

I also enjoy encouraging others to push themselves to do things that they thought were impossible for them to achieve… and the smile that comes with that is the cherry on top.

Can you point out a career highlight?

In my line of work the obvious highlights, to name a few, would be publications, award of research grants, NRF rating, recognition by my peers in the form of either being invited to review manuscripts or invited to give a plenary session, as well seeing my students to graduation.

However, the major highlights of my career are seeing those that I have guided become successful in their own right. Just recently, my doctoral candidate, who was also my undergrad and master’s student, was selected for a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge, London.

What do you attribute your success to?

Success was never my goal. The reason I am here today is because I realised my potential and I did not want it to just remain a potential. I wanted my potential to be made into something tangible. I wanted to take that potential and make it kinetic.

The ability to overcome diversity, the determination to stand for my beliefs coupled with instilled values of Ubuntu have made it possible for me to focus and achieve my objectives.  I am also inspired by my children to succeed and I believe that through my example, they too will find their own success.

Most importantly, I attribute my achievements to the strong belief that whatever stage I am in my life, that is where God wants me to be. Sometimes it’s not what I desire, but that makes it easy to accept.

Do you have any words of advice for the generation of women behind you?

Do not let go of the qualities that make you a woman when you enter the workplace. Those qualities are what make you unique and are needed for your progression in society.

Written by Candes Keating

Tel: +27 21 959 6311
Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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