Dr Tendai Chimucheka shortlisted for M&G top 200 Young South Africans

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Dr Tendai Chimucheka’s star of academic excellence continues to rise.

The Business Management Senior Lecturer and recipient of the 2019 Vice-Chancellors Research Excellence Award is among 30 000  young professionals shortlisted for the 2020 Mail & Guardian (M&G) Top 200 Young South Africans.  He has been nominated under the Education category.

Born in 1986 in Alamein farm in Zimbabwe, Dr Chimucheka lost both his parents before the age of 14 and had to grow up in a child-headed family.  Like a rose that grew through concrete, he overcame the adversities in his early life to  be where he is today. After completing his primary and high school education, he was awarded the Prestigious Presidential Scholarship by the Government of Zimbabwe to study at the University of Fort Hare in 2007. Exactly 10 years later, he obtained his Doctorate from UFH.

Commenting on his nomination, Dr Chimucheka said: “It is an honour. It means my work is getting noticed and I should continue touching lives and developing others. It means I should continue contributing positively to the development of the country.”

Judging from his profile and achievements, his nomination comes as no surprise. He is currently UFH’s coordinator for the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE), an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Universities South Africa(USAf) to promote entrepreneurship in higher education institutions. He is actively involved in teaching, research and community engagement. He lectures Business Management courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Chimuchekas’s research interests include Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Human Resources Management, Strategic Management and other Business Management areas.

At age 34, he has successfully supervised 8 Masters and 20 Honours students to completion. He has presented 20 papers at both local and international conferences, most of which were subsequently published in accredited journals. To date, Dr Chimucheka has published 26 articles in peer-reviewed and accredited journals and a book chapter.

In October 2017, He led discussions on a topic titled:  ‘Embedding entrepreneurial education programmes in the curriculum: Structural Impediments for Entrepreneurship Training’ during a Ministerial Roundtable on entrepreneurship training in Higher Education, which was organised by the Department of Small Business Development.

 He is actively involved in activities and initiatives that promote entrepreneurship as a career.

Dr Chimucheka describes the ideal young South African as a person who is not limited by his or her background.

 “This is a person who works hard to achieve his or her goals despite challenges they may face along the way, one who is willing to help or develop others realise their goals. While the nation is confronted by real challenges which in most cases affect young people, an ideal young South African seeks opportunities to solve these challenges and also create opportunities for others,” he elaborates.

The winners of the 2020 M&G Top 200 Young South Africans will be revealed on 10 September.