Frederik Louw receives his award from Adv Marelize Kruger, member of the Exco of Convocation.
Anri van der Linde receives a trophy on behalf of her father, Johan van Rensburg, from Prof Daryl Balia, deputy vice-chancellor for campus operations in Potchefstroom.
Bert Sorgdrager, chairperson of the Convocation, hands over Maggy-Emelia Maliti-Ntshwe’s award.
Werner Human, member of the Exco of Convocation, presents Pieter Twine with a Community Involvement Award.
Prof Alta Schutte receives her trophy from Clement Manoko, executive director for corporate relations and marketing.
Elmarie Myburgh receives her award from Nelson Mongale, member of the Executive Committee (Exco) of the Convocation.
Prof Marilyn Setlalentoa, deputy vice-chancellor for community engagement and for campus operations in Mahikeng, hands over the Education Award to Mmahati Mmutlana, who received it on behalf on her sister, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng.
Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, executive director for student life, presents Caster Semenya with the Sport Award.
Prof Linda du Plessis, deputy vice-chancellor for planning and for campus operations in Vanderbijlpark, shares a joyful moment with Nomsa Mazibuko.
Enabling people to soar
Speaking at the awards ceremony, 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 teaching-learning, research, citations, internationalisation and industry impact.
NWU pays tribute to its icons
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 2019 NWU Alumni Awards for Excellence were cause for celebration. From left are 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 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.
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THE WINNERS ARE:
ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD
Johan van Rensburg, music promoter and television producer. (READ MORE)
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Maggy-Emilia Maliti-Ntshwe, a dynamic entrepreneur. (READ MORE)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD
Frederik Louw, a respected educator who promotes quality education. (READ MORE)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD
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)
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
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)
YOUNG ALUMNUS AWARD
Nomsa Mazibuko, dynamic and versatile social media influencer. (READ MORE)