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Sinazo Bali, 23, from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), has become the first black woman in Africa to earn an honours degree in biotechnology cum laude.


It’s a proud moment for Sinazo Bali and her family as she has become the first black South African woman to graduate Cum Laude in Biotechnology and it’s thanks to Chia!

Sinazo Bali started studying the Chia plant for her Honors degree in Biotechnology. She is set to be the first black South African woman to graduate with this qualification in Biotechnology. She is also preparing to continue onto her Masters in the field of study.

“Her findings presented in the study suggest that chia can resist moderate levels of osmotic stress but sensitive at higher levels. Chia is a pseudocereal crop that is native to Southern and Central Mexico, mostly arid and semi-arid environments. It is however is now commercially cultivated in Australia which has similar climatic conditions as South Africa.”

Bali will be one of the 4 205 students graduating from the University of the Western Cape during the Autumn graduation ceremonies. Sinazo is among 635 honours graduates for the Autumn 2017 graduation season. She is also in the top three in Biotechnology at UWC.

“I chose to come and study at UWC because my father studied and continues to study here. I think coming to UWC has helped me not only academically, but has enabled me to also learn more about people, culture and leadership skills, as well as believing in myself and learning about the rich history of this prestigious institution and our country at large.”

While Bali struggled to get her project up and running due to lack of funding she never gave up and her family supported her completely.

“I am looking forward to this new chapter of my life, but at the moment I am focussing on my Masters. I still need to decide whether or not I will do my PhD. Maybe if my dad does his, I will be motivated to do mine”, she added.

Sinazo is really proud of herself for being the first black African female to graduate Cum Laude in Biotechnology.


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Sources: UWC

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