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26/06/2018

Nelson Mandela University acknowledged the academic achievements of its top students at the annual Academic Awards Dinner with the leadership encouraging the recipients to use their ability to serve others.

Twenty-four students who achieved the best marks in their faculties for their diploma, degree or postgraduate qualification were challenged to look beyond themselves in serving others, regardless of the discipline in which they had studied.

“We have much work ahead in helping to overcome unemployment, poverty and inequality in our country. We trust that you will look beyond yourself to respond to these and other challenges,” said Mandela University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa in her welcoming address.

Joining Prof Muthwa in congratulating the achievers at the Feather Market Centre for the prestigious function was the University’s Chair of Council Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill and the executive deans of the institution’s six faculties.

Partners, parents, supervisors, donors, sponsors, school principals and members of the Junior City Council were among the invited guests.

One of the recipients, Denis Nyirenda, flew in from Malawi, where he is principal of Health Sciences at Malawi College, to receive his award as the best Master’s in Technology by Dissertation: Science, Engineering and Technology.

While there were diploma and degree winners from each faculty, the overall winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards were Anrich Bosch (Best BTech in the social sciences and humanities), Depoa Nabela (best diploma) and Ruan Olivier (best degree) and Amy-Rose Westcott (best honours degree).

All the winners

First-Year Undergraduate Awards

Lize Muller

Rudolf Oelofse

First Diploma Awards

Adrianne Johnson

Depoa Nabela

Sandile Ngwenya

Luthokazi Veleko

Chezney MacLeod

First Degree Awards

Ashley Vrancken

Ash-Lee Bint

Robynne MacFarlane

Mylan Jonas

Elizabeth Colloty

Dione Botes

Ruan Olivier

Bachelor of Technology Awards

Rupert Family Trust Award for the best Bachelor of Technology Graduate: Social Sciences and Humanities

Anrich Bosch

Rupert Family Trust Award for the best Bachelor of Technology Graduate: Science, Engineering and Technology

Nicholas Quinn

Honours Degree Awards

Rupert Family Trust Award for best Honours Graduate: Social Sciences and Humanities

Natalya Apopo

Rupert Family Trust Award for best Honours Graduate: Science, Engineering and Technology

Amy-Rose Westcott

Master’s Degree Awards

Rupert Family Trust Award for the best Master’s Degree by Coursework: Social Sciences and Humanities

Jaco Kapp

Albert Wessels Trust Award for the best Master’s Degree by Coursework: Science, Engineering and Technology

Nicole Worthington

Nelson Mandela University Council Award for the best Master’s Degree by Dissertation: Social Sciences and Humanities

Sarah Jemutai

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa Award for the best Master’s Degree by Dissertation: Science, Engineering and Technology

Riaan Engelbrecht

Nelson Mandela University Council Award for the best Master’s in Technology by Dissertation: Social Sciences and Humanities

Mieke Barnard

Nelson Mandela University Council Award for the best Master’s in Technology by Dissertation: Science, Engineering and Technology

Denis Nyirenda

Among the 24 recipients of the annual academic awards were (from left) Sarah Jemutai, Sandile Ngwenya and Nicholas Quinn.

The 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Scholars are (from left) Anrich Bosch, Depoa Nabela and Ruan Olivier. Absent was Amy-Rose Westcott.

View all the photos taken on the evening.

Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057
debbie.derry@mandela.ac.za