#STEMWOW WEEK 66

Meet Siphokazi Gatyeni, SAP Consultant at Zimele Technologies

Siphokazi Gatyeni, grew up in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She completed her Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Stellenbosch in 2015. Currently, she is working as a SAP Consultant at Zimele Technologies, where her current role is developing SAPUI5 mobile applications.

Siphokazi’s bio  
Siphokazi Gatyeni, grew up in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She completed her Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Stellenbosch in 2015. Currently, she is working as a SAP Consultant at Zimele Technologies, where her current role is developing SAPUI5 mobile applications.


Why did you get into STEM?
I grew up as someone who liked Mathematics. So I told myself that in the university, I will study something to related with Mathematics. When I got to varsity, I enjoyed numbers and did not stop studying up until my Master’s degree. I see myself, in few years’ time, holding a PhD in Mathematics.


What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Having a Master’s Degree in Mathematics at the age of 22  was the greatest achievement for my life and I am so grateful & proud of myself.


What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
Finances: Having a single parent who is a domestic worker was challenging. My mother did not have enough finances for my fees. I had to work very hard so that I can get a bursary for my post-graduate studies.


What is your advice to budding women in STEM?

As a woman, any studying or training course you enroll for is not easy.  You have to be willing to work hard and it is possible to make a success of it.  When I was younger, I did not plan to study mathematics up to a masters level, but once I started I enjoyed it and did not stop.  I made it and you can also make it if you are determined and work hard.

About Siphokazi

Siphokazi Gatyeni, grew up in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She completed her Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Stellenbosch in 2015. Currently, she is working as a SAP Consultant at Zimele Technologies, where her current role is developing SAPUI5 mobile applications.

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