Meet the first black woman to earn a PhD degree in applied data science


By Kabelo Abel Makgolabone

MALAMULELE-Dr Khensani Xivuri is the first black woman to be conferred a PhD Degree in Applied Data Science under the University of Johannesburg.

Dr. Xivuri is from  Peninghotsa village, Malamulele, under the Collins Chabane Local Municipality.

Dr Xivuri’s research focused on developing a procedural model aimed at identifying and mitigating bias in Artificial Intelligence (AI) models before their implementation.

She emphasised the implications of bias by illustrating a scenario where an algorithm, based on flawed assumptions, could unfairly impact individuals, such as a black woman being unjustly denied a home loan or facing higher interest rates due to erroneous credit scoring.

The Mayor of Collins Chabane Local Municipality Cllr Shadrack Maluleke would like to recognize and congratulate her.

“We are most gratified by your achievements as the residents of Collins Chabane and we look forward to learning about the many ways that you will make the world a better place”

Years of hard work and dedication have finally resulted in the most significant fruit you have ever wanted.

Our sincere congratulations on your hard-earned, and fantastic success Dr Xivuri.

As the Mayor of Collins Chabane, I am sure your dedicated research, discovery, and publications will be useful for the followers as a beacon in their path. I wish you a great accomplishment for your future ventures and career path.

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