The NWU honoured the cream of the crop of its alumni at an awards ceremony on 6 October in Sandton. This year’s awards ceremony included the prestigious NWU Lifetime Achievement Award, and also recognised an NWU alumna who has excelled in the international arena in 2017.
of the alumni crop
This year's recipients of the NWU's coveted Alumni Awards are Minette Dempsey (on behalf of Dr Elsje Jordaan), Tamsanqa Manzi, Prof Kobus Pienaar, Prof Koos van Rooy, Dr Sejako Senatle, Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (NWU Ambassador Award), Prof Peter van Eldik (on behalf of Prof Rudi van Eldik), Daniëlla van Heerden, Hannie van der Merwe (on behalf of Prof Tjaart van der Walt) and Dr Frits Kok.
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Miss South Africa is an NWU Ambassador
Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the recipient of this year’s NWU Ambassador Award for representing the university and South Africa in the international arena.
She follows in the footsteps of last years’ Ambassador Award recipients which included Caster Semenya, Sunette Viljoen, Willem Coertzen, Elroy Gelant, Terseus Liebenberg and Jean Verster.
This year marked the fifth year that the Alumni Awards were given. The coveted Lifetime Achievement Award went to the former rector of the then Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE), Prof Tjaart van der Walt.
Prof Van der Walt served in this capacity from 1977 to 1987 and completed a BA degree at the university in 1951. It is the third time that this prestigious award has been given in recognition of exceptional achievements. Previous recipients include former president, Mr FW de Klerk and former vice-chancellor of the NWU, Dr Theuns Eloff.
Other renowned alumni who were honoured include a cultural leader, successful entrepreneur, renowned theologian, ground-breaker in education, dynamic lawman, revered researcher, exceptional journalist and a coaching expert. (See text box.)
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And the winners are...
Prof Tjaart van der Walt
Prof Tjaart van der Walt, former rector of the PU for CHE and exceptional leader, Lifetime Achievement Award (click here to read more).
Dr Frits Kok
Dr Frits Kok, cultural bridge-builder and influential member of the Afrikaans Language and Culture Organisation (ATKV), Arts and Culture Award (click here to read more).
Tamsanqa Manzi, successful entrepreneur and job creator, Community Involvement Award (click here to read more).
Prof Koos van Rooy
Prof Koos van Rooy, theologian, missionary and Bible translator, Community Involvement Award (click here to read more).
Prof Kobus Pienaar
Prof Kobus Pienaar, author and highly regarded expert in education, Education Award (click here to read more).
Dr Sejako Senatle SC
Dr Sejako Senatle SC, people’s lawyer and dynamic lawman, Public Service Award (click here to read more).
Prof Rudi van Eldik
Prof Rudi van Eldik, revered researcher and scientist, Research Award (click here to read more).
Dr Elsje Jordaan
Dr Elsje Jordaan, well-known sport coaching specialist and pioneer in using digital platforms to analyse match trends, Sport Award (click here to read more).
Daniëlla van Heerden
Daniëlla van Heerden, award-winning journalist, Young Alumnus Award (click here to read more).