Where there is a will there is a way – Jan Pieter Le Hanie

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:19

Where there is a will there is a way – Jan Pieter Le Hanie

All of us wish to achieve many things in life but usually – when things do not work out the way we envisioned it, we end up blaming our misfortune for our lack of success. 

For Jan Pieter Le Hanie failure is never an option. Despite many personal and financial setbacks he persevered and reaped the benefits during the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) when he received the Award for Excellent Academic Achievement within the Faculty of Humanities.

Born and raised in Zeerust in the North West Province, Jan Pieter completed his school career at the Sasolburg Technical High School. In 2000 he enrols for an Engineering degree at the then Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE), but soon afterwards changed to a Languages and Technology degree within the Faculty of Arts. Left with only three modules to complete in his third and final year of study, Jan Pieter had to give up his studies due to a lack of financial funding. During this time he found employment as a teacher’s assistant at General Smuts High School in Vereeniging in a desperate attempt to support his family.

Knowing that he had the mental tenacity to succeed in further education and training, he started to develop his skills as a computer programmer and found employment at a high-level computer firm in Sandton, Gauteng. During this time he vested himself as a senior Microsoft certified professional with a C++ programming status.

In 2013 he enrolled at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) for a degree in Pastoral Guidance and Psychology on a part-time basis. During his studies he continued to travel between Vanderbijlpark and Sandton and managed to juggle his full-time job with his academic obligations. During his very first year of study he received a special recognition from the Faculty of Humanities as the Best First Year Student (maintaining an overall average of 82% for all his modules). He completed his degree in the minimum prescribed time of three years and maintained an overall average of 79.8%. Due to his academic achievements he was also beckoned into the fold of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He is currently enrolled for a BA Honours degree in Psychology. 

Mr Neels Vermeulen (Registrar), Jan Pieter Le Hanie and Prof Tinie Theron (acting Vice-Rector)