At the 2019 NWU Alumni Awards gala event are from left Frederik Louw, Caster Semenya, Pieter Twine, Elmarie Myburgh, Prof Alta Schutte, Maggy-Emelia Maliti-Ntshwe, Mmahati Mmutlana (receiving an award on behalf of her sister, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng); Nomsa Mazibuko, and Anri van der Linde (receiving an award on behalf of her father, Johan van Rensburg).
The NWU’s alumni are trailblazers and role models who excel in their fields. The university honoured some of its most remarkable alumni at an awards ceremony on 11 October in Sandton.
The prestigious Alumni Awards of Excellence recognised nine prominent alumni who have made exemplary contributions to society, nationally and internationally.
This year’s award recipients are well-known South Africans who have excelled in an array of vocations and ventures.
They comprise a music promoter; a dynamic entrepreneur; a champion for quality education; a trailblazer in turning social responsibility into action; an influential leader in education; an experienced psychological profiler; a celebrated researcher; a sports icon; and a dynamic and versatile social-media influencer.
There were eight awards categories, one of which (community involvement) had two winners.
The coveted NWU Alumni Awards were presented to deserving alumni for the sixth time.
Previous recipients include respected South Africans such as FW de Klerk, Prof Anis Karodia, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, Dr Bismark Tyobeka, Prof Pieter Stoker, Katlego Maboe, Judge Frans Kgomo and Prof TT Cloete, among others.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Johan van Rensburg, music promoter and television producer. (READ MORE)
Maggy-Emilia Maliti-Ntshwe, a dynamic entrepreneur. (READ MORE)
Frederik Louw, a respected educator who promotes quality education. (READ MORE)
Pieter Twine, a dynamic fundraiser who turns social responsibility into action. (READ MORE)
Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, influential leader in education and university vice-chancellor in South Africa. (READ MORE)
Elmarie Myburgh, experienced psychological profiler for the South African Police Service. (READ MORE)
Prof Alta Schutte, NWU researcher in the fight against hypertension. (READ MORE)
Caster Semenya, international sports icon and world-record breaker. (READ MORE)
Nomsa Mazibuko, dynamic and versatile social-media influencer. (READ MORE)
After contributing to making the Alumni Awards ceremony a great success, these staff members of Corporate Relations and Marketing enjoy a cheerful moment. They are at the back from left Willie du Plessis, Annette Willemse, director Warren Makgowe, executive director Clement Manoko, director Louis Jacobs, Sam Mbatha, Suré Honiball, Mpo Malefane and Nicolize van der Walt. In front are Gregory Sekobotsane, Tshegofatso Lekabye, Christi Cloete and René Vermeulen.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, vice-chancellor Prof Dan Kgwadi said that, through its tireless commitment to excellence and innovation, the NWU boasts a healthy heartbeat.
“Our commitment to our students has never been stronger. Our university – your university – is thriving. We recently broke new ranking ground when the Times Higher Education World Rankings announced that the NWU had made it to position five in South Africa.”
Globally, the NWU is ranked between number 501 and 600 out of the 1 396 participating universities. This ranking was based on five performance indicators: teaching-learning, research, citations, internationalisation and industry impact. He said the NWU’s new strategy and organisational structure, which were adopted over the past two years, have paved the way for a stronger and more united university.