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Congratulations to Yanga Lusasa on his re-election to the NASDEV Association.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Top master’s in architecture student at Mandela University Gideon Williams has won a “Commendation” (effectively a second-place prize) in the Mandela 2023 Corobrik National Student of the Year Competition’.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: ScholarGPS, the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic scholarly site, has ranked Emeritus Professor Rossouw von Solms from Nelson Mandela University as #1 scholar in the field of Information Security over his career (lifetime).

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Agricultural Sciences lecturer at Nelson Mandela University, Dr Qinisani Qwabe, has been appointed Chairperson of the Australian-Africa Universities Early Career Researchers Network (AAUECRsN) Forum.

 
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Mia Strand from the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research at Nelson Mandela University has been selected as the South African, and one of 23 worldwide finalists, in line for the US$1.1 million Frontiers Planet Prize.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Zukiswa Zingela, was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) subsidiary bodies, in New York, earlier this month.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Linda Mostert, an academic literacies practitioner from Mandela University’s Department of Learning Development in LT Collab, was one of five finalists in the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, with her second collection of poetry, Star Reverse, published by Dryad Press.

 

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Student Entrepreneurship Specialist at Nelson Mandela University Karen Snyman has been elected as the national EDHE (Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education) Chairperson for the Student Entrepreneurship Coordinators Community of Practice (SEC CoP).
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: The research project of Professor Magda Minguzzi, "Investigation in the Indigenous Architecture in Baviaanskloof", from Nelson Mandela University’s School of Architecture, in collaboration with the First Nations Chiefs of Mandela Bay, and coordinated by Chief Margaret Coetzee, is the only one selected from Southern Africa to be published as part of the International Union of Architects-UIA Guidebook for the 2030 Agenda.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s doctoral student in Architecture student Kawthar Jeewa was invited to recently present her research at the weeklong “Decolonial Practices” workshop, organised by the School of Architecture of Nantes (ENSA-Nantes) at its Pierrefonds Campus in Mauritius.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Asithandile Ntsondwa’s academic journey, which began in Mthatha, followed by undergraduate and postgraduate science qualifications at Mandela University, will culminate with a PhD study in Anthropology at New York University (NYU).

Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP Nelson Mandela University had two Master of Economics students, Ziyanda Magazi and Liyema Mpompi, in the Top 10 of the national Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Competition postgraduate category. Ziyanda won the second prize as first runner-up, with her essay examining the impact of the Just Economic Transition on the South African economy.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University Visual Arts lecturer and the University’s Bird Street Gallery manager and curator Johnathan van der Walt has been selected as the recipient of the William Humphreys Art Gallery’s (WHAG) prestigious Artist-In-Residency programme.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University's Department of Emergency Medical Care (EMC), represented by lecturer Travis Trower, accepted a prestigious Ubuntu Award on behalf of Rescue South Africa.

Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Doctoral student in Chemistry Olwethu Poswayo has won the 2023 Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA) 2030 award.
Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Chair for African Feminist Imagination and research professor at Mandela University's Centre for Women and Gender Studies Pumla Gqola received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Literature (DLitt), honoris causa, from Stellenbosch University at its December graduation on Monday 11 December.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Distinguished Professor in Botany Richard Cowling has received a Gold Medal from the ASSAf Academy of Science, the apex awards of the Academy and the South African science system in recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University and its tangible coding partner took top honours at a recent prestigious national ICT Awards ceremony.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (CHRTEM) received a prize for the best poster presentation by Professor Mike Lee at the 20th International Microscopy Conference (IMC) held in Busan, Korea.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Three Nelson Mandela University Information Technology students won the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA) first ICT University Hackerthon, beating UJ, WSU and TUT to the first place.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: PhD student in Physiology Itumeleng Zosela won first place in the in the Audio Category of the Young Science Communicator's Competition 2022 edition, with her study focusing on using plant materials for colon cancer treatment.
Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University third-year Architecture students Theo Magwira and Zac Setzkorn won the overall and best presentation prize of the national Ceasarstone student designer competition.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University has won five national and international infrastructure awards for the new extensions to its Ocean Sciences Campus, in Summerstrand, Gqeberha.
 

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s School of Architecture has reason to smile after winning three of the five categories of the City Centre Sustainable Housing Design Competition. The competition was run by the CIB, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University doctoral researcher Mia Strand claimed the second runner-up position in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, hosted in South Africa by the University of the Free State. She also took the runner-up position at the institutional level at Mandela University, where eight students were selected to compete.  

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University students Storm Abbott and Dylan Minnaar received two top national awards at the recent Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Awards Gala evening.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University Visual Arts honours student Luke Rudman is one of 14 South African students and 38 globally to have won a Golden Key Outstanding Member Award Scholarship.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University Communication and Marketing Manager, Milisa Piko, has been unanimously re-elected to be the National President of the Careers Exhibition & Information Association (CEIA) for a second term 2024 to 2025.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - The research chair for Human Settlements at Nelson Mandela University, Professor Sijekula Mbanga, was honoured with an international award from the United States-based National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for his outstanding contribution to the international understanding and exchange of global experience in the housing and community development field.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University third-year BVA Fashion Design students Yaaseen Abdulla and Jan-Hendrik van Zyl have walked away with both, the first and second prizes in the national Bernina Dress Your Style 2023 competition.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s Lodewikus Vorster, a master’s student in chemistry and researcher at the engineering innovation hub eNtsa, recently won the IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining) Young Persons' Lecture Competition South Africa. He will now represent the country at the worldwide competition final next month.   
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University has just qualified as a Centre of Excellence for the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) programme, one of only two in the Southern Hemisphere and 13thglobally.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s Bachelor of Social Work student, Sive Timakwe, received the runner-up prize for the Best Student of the Year at the recent ASASWEI Teaching & Learning Awards.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Deputy Director and Head of Mandela University’s Universal Accessibility and Disability Services (UADS), Dr Nosiphiwo Delubom, has been elected to be the Chairperson of the Higher Education Disability Services Association (HEDSA) from now until 2027.

Reasons to be Proud R2bP: Five Mandela University academics took the top awards at the recent 16th International Business Conference (IBC 2023) in Swakopmund, Namibia. In addition, the top awarded paper showed that ChatGPT could pass an MBA in South Africa.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Senior researcher at Mandela University’s Photovoltaics Research Group Dr Jacqui Crozier McCleland has been awarded the Best Poster Award at the recent 40th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EUPVSEC) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Communication and Marketing Directorate has won gold in this year’s global Digital Communication Awards (DCA), in the Small Budget Campaign category.
Reasons to be Proud R2bP:  Extremely well-trained and rehearsed Chinese teams earned the gold and silver medals with Russian teams taking the next three places after Mandela University’s team of four.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University master’s student in Geosciences Bamanye Takashe won first prize for his poster at the Worldwide Congress of International Association of Hydrogeologists in Cape Town.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s distinguished professor Janine Adams and doctoral student Carla Dodd both received awards in recognition for their groundbreaking water research at the recent South African Women in Science Awards ceremony.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Luan Staphorst, a Research Associate with Nelson Mandela University’s Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) and University alumnus, has been awarded four scholarships to support his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, from October.

 

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University master’s student in Zoology Ryan Forbes was awarded the prize for the Best MSc Student presentation at the recent Southern African Wildlife Management Association Conference.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: PhD student in Geosciences Carla Dodd from Nelson Mandela University has recently received an NRF (National Research Foundation) Research Excellence Award for her pioneering research on groundwater resources.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University partnered with more than 20 countries in the planet’s most comprehensive assessment of how marine plastic exposure is impacting oceanic birds and biodiversity.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry, Dr Mapokolo Phiri, has been selected to represent South Africa and participate at the 52nd IUPAC General Assembly, as an IUPAC Young Observer at The Hague, Netherlands.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD students Alice Bernard and Laura Lacomme, based on Mandela University’s George Campus, respectively, received the first and third young researcher prizes, from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in France, for their work aligning with renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall’s philosophy.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A quartet of SPAR Madibaz netball players were named in the national tertiary squad following eye-catching performances at the University Sports South Africa tournament recently.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Madibaz women’s volleyball team supplied two players to the University Sports South Africa (USSA) team to underline their growing status as an outfit to be taken seriously.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz No 1 Warren Bower was rewarded with a silver medal in the men’s individual section after producing his best performance at the annual USSA National squash tournament recently.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Making South Africa and Nelson Mandela University proud, Professor Janet Wesson from the Department of Computing Sciences at Nelson Mandela University recently received a prestigious international award.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three master’s students and a post-doctorate candidate from Mandela University’s Palaeoecology Lab will present their research at conferences in Rome and Berlin later this month.  

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Professor Noluxolo Gcaza, 32, from the School of ICT has been announced as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Dr Zithulele Tshabalala, 35, senior lecturer in human anatomy at the Medical School, has been announced as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.

 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bPSenior lecturer in biokinetics at Nelson Mandela University’s Human Movement Science department Dr Aayesha Kholvadia recently received the Healthcare Leadership Award from The Alliance of South Africa Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bPNelson Mandela University PhD in Architecture student Kawthar Jeewa has been selected as one of 50 participants at the first Biennale College Architettura (BCA) 2023 in Venice, Italy.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Former Surfing South Africa President and Mandela University Labour Law doctoral student and attorney Johnny Bakker from Gqeberha, has recently been elected as Vice-President of the African Surfing Confederation at the AGM, which was held in Dakar, Senegal. His term runs until 2027.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD Physiology student at Mandela University Itumeleng Zosela is one of four South African students that have been accepted to join the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist Internship Program in Switzerland over three months from June to August 2023.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Architecture graduate Luzuko Funda won the annual national Corobrik Student Architecture Awards, the fourth winner from Mandela University over the past five years keeping the tradition strong.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University accounting graduates achieved an overall 93% pass rate in the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor of Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University. Professor Janet Cherry received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Rhodes University at its graduation ceremony on 30 March.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Emeritus professor in the School of Information Technology at Nelson Mandela University, Prof Rossouw von Solms, has been ranked by Research.com as the 4th best scientist in South Africa for 2022 in the field of Computer Science.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second-year Inventory and Stores Management Diploma student at Mandela University, Sinalo Matwa, will participate in the 2023 Boccia National Championships as part of the Eastern Cape team.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Francois Swanepoel, a Geosciences honours student at Mandela University, recently won the “best research poster” at the 17th biannual South African Geophysical Association conference.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Geosciences postgraduate student, Bamanye Takashe, was instrumental in guiding two high school learners to winning medals at the prestigious Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF) held recently. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University Master's student in Applied Languages Tsakani Shilowe has been selected as one of 150 participants across the world to attend the Global Peace Summit in Kenya 2023 from 9 to 12 February 2023.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Postgraduate student in Economics, Nonenelo Vuba, has been selected as one of the 20 finalists in the 51st Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Matthew Perry, a final year Bachelor of Music student, has been selected as one of eight performers to take part in the 2023 Youth Concerto Festival hosted by the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra.

 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus and former staff member, Curwyn Mapaling, has been selected as one of 150 participants worldwide, to attend the Global Peace Summit in Kenya next month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BCom Financial Planning student from Nelson Mandela University Yonela Peter has been selected by the DHL GradStar Awards 2022 as one of the Top Ten most employable full-time students in the country.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola, Mandela University Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and the SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imagination, has been awarded a prestigious international award. 
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz Sport hockey manager and Coach of the South African men's hockey team, Ches;yn Gie, took the side to international victory in the FIH Hockey Cup on the weekend.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master’s student in Mathematics, Ruan Olivier (26) has won the prestigious S2A3 (Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science) Medal for the best masters in 2021 in science.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Finding ways to treat diabetes using indigenous knowledge about natural remedies has won Dr Nehemiah Latolla of Nelson Mandela University the top place in the FameLab International science communication competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A team of staff, postgraduate students and alumni, under the umbrella of the Business and Economic Sciences Faculty recently won a silver medal in a BRICS high tech international industry competition with their business concept for a safe playground.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two students from Mandela University’s Graphic Design Programme in the School of Visual and Performing Arts took top honours in international design competition. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Ten outstanding young graduates from Southern Africa have been announced as the Rhodes Scholars-Elect for 2023. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Tangible Africa, a local organisation that spreads offline coding skills to primary and high school learners across the continent, has received a prestigious accolade from the African Union.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Alex Ennis, a master’s student in Human Movement Science, has bee selected to participate at the Commonwealth Rowing Association Beach Sprint Championships in Namibia.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University master’s in Physics student, Luchian Pullen recently won a poster presentation prize for his research at the 21st Student Symposium in the Natural Sciences at North-West University. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Federation of Commonwealth Chemical Sciences Societies recently announced the 25 prize winners in its third, annual online poster event, with Mandela Uni’s Dr Nehemiah Latolla being selected as a winner.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Medical School senior lecturer Dr Savania Nagiah, was recently inaugurated as one of 10 of the country’s leading emerging scientists to become members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Sarah Baartman Junior Residence book club members recently participated in the 2022 Funda Mzantsi championship and were placed 2nd place in the Xitsonga debate section.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus and Executive Director of the SA Cultural Observatory, based at the University, Unathi Lutshaba, has been honoured as one of the worlds’ Most Influential People of African Descent by the United Nations.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela Uni second-year Education student, Kenan Davids has won the first prize of R50 000 in a short film competition for students under the theme of “the beauty of the Dutch language”. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University postdoctoral fellow, Dr Nehemiah Latolla, has been selected as a finalist in the South African leg of the international science competition, FameLab. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD in Anthropology student at Nelson Mandela University, Mzoli Mavimbela, was recently awarded a Via Afrika award for African Language Creative Writing. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Bachelor of Visual Arts honours student, Zama Spellman, has been selected to show her paintings in the national, Latitudes Reshape 22 show.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Communication and Marketing Department bagged an international Digital Communication Award (DCA2022), coming in third place in the “small budget campaign” category for its Autumn Graduation online campaign.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Southern African Wildlife Management Association recently awarded its prestigious “Wildlife Excellence Award” to Nelson Mandela University’s Prof Graham Kerley of the Zoology Department and Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Alumnus and research associate of Nelson Mandela University’s Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET),Luan Staphorst, has been awarded the Kirk-Greene Prize for Best Overall Performance in the University of Oxford’s MSc in African Studies. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Information Technology and Director of the Centre for Community Technologies Professor Darelle van Greunen and Economics’ Professor Syden Mishi respectively have both won awards at the prestigious NRF Awards Ceremony.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s uYilo e-Mobility Programme’s Edem Foli has been nominated as a Woman in Transport by Smarter Mobility Africa. This campaign profiles women in South Africa who have made a difference in the transport sector.

 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Pharmacy and Leader of the Drug Utilisation Research Unit (DURU) at Nelson Mandela University Professor Ilse Truter has received the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology’s (ISPE) Judith K. Jones Award for Impact on Public Health through Pharmacoepidemiology.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: National performance and multimedia artist and Visual Arts honours student Luke Rudman is Nelson Mandela University’s Abe Bailey travel bursary winner and representative for 2022.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Advanced Diploma in Public Relations Management student, Fion Mfenqa from Nelson Mandela University, was selected as one of six young people representing South Africa at a YMCA Training Workshop in Cameroon and an International Camp hosted by Cameroon YMCA.  

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz hockey star Kamva Dyakala will strive to take his game to the next level after being selected for the South African U21 team to play in next month’s men’s interprovincial.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Mandela University Green Campus Initiative (GCI) team were voted the “most creative” at the 9th Green Campus Conference hosted by the University of Pretoria earlier this month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Versatile Gqeberha rugby player Kyle Cyster was named player of the tournament in Division A at the recent University Sport South Africa week but acknowledged the role of his teammates in earning that accolade.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in Chemistry at Mandela University, Dr Zikhona Tywabi-Ngeva, has won the best, in-person speaker award at the 14th Green Chemistry Postgraduate Summer School (GCPSS) in Venice, Italy.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz field athlete Ischke Senekal will rely on more than a decade of international experience when she makes her debut at the World Athletics Championships next week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Chemistry lecturer, Dr Gletwyn Rubidge, once again took top honours at the SA Pool Freediving Nationals held in Gqeberha last month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz chess prodigy Gerald Wagner is burning the candle at both ends to prepare for battle against the best international players at the World University Championships in September.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BSc Honours in Botany student Marishka Govender, has been selected as one of 20 young scientists to attend a Science Communication conference in Germany this July.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD in Physiology student Itumeleng Zosela has been accepted to join the Next Generation Scientist Programme by Novartis Pharma and the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Seven local Nelson Mandela University students have been awarded the opportunity to attend the Technische Universitat Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig) International Summer School for German Language and Culture.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: BA student, Sipho Khumalo, recently published his autobiography "Life, Dreams, Thoughts, Experiences and Personality" which is available on Amazon.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Media and Communication graduate and E-Technologist in the Learning & Teaching Collab department at the University, Simon Venter, has been selected as one of four artists to take part in this year's Nando's Creative Exchange.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Promising Madibaz golfer JP van der Watt is ready to dip his toes into international waters as he prepares for the FISU World University Championship in Turin, Italy, next month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Learning Development’s Gino Fransman recently represented the Mandela Open Education team in Nantes, France, for the OE Global Conference 2022.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Having cut their international teeth at last year’s Olympic Games, Madibaz water polo stars Ashleigh Vaughan and Meghan Maartens know what it will take to leave their mark on the World Aquatics Championships in Hungary in June.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: two Mandela University professors have been recognised by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: George Campus Principal, Dr Kaluke Mawila, was recently appointed to serve as an advisory panel member for the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) for a period of five years.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters in isiXhosa student, Anelisa Thengimfene, has published a book of poems entitled "Amajingiqhiw'entlalo" (the ups and downs of life).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola from the Centre for Women and Gender Studies and our SARChI Chair on African Feminist Imaginations, has won the coveted 2022 Humanities and Social Sciences Book Award: Best Monograph in Non-fiction for her 2021 book, Female Fear Factory.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: South African mezzo-soprano and Mandela Uni Alumnus, Siphokazi Molteno, has won the Best Performance in an Opera (for the second time) at the 57th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards held recently.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The South African Institute of Accountants (SAICA) has released the results of the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination for Chartered Accountants confirming Mandela University’s quality of accounting education.

Reasons to be Proud – R2bP: The Madibaz ladies water polo team have won the SA Nationals and are the first ever all female player and management team to win at this level.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Chelsey Cooke, a first year Human Movement Science student, recently represented South Africa at the Africa Lifesaving Championships in Alexandria, Egypt.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela Uni alumnus Gerhardt Boukes (38) who holds a PhD in Biochemistry, is part of a team making the first mRNA vaccine for human use on the African continent.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Alumnus and former Madibaz hockey player Jody Paul, would not “in a million years” have envisioned himself as the assistant coach of the Great Britain women’s team.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Honours in Visual Arts student, Luke Rudman, has been selected from more than 380 entries to participate in South Africa’s most prestigious creative developmental programme

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three design students from Mandela University were recently recognised in the 2021 WPO WorldStar International Packaging Design Student Awards.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2BP - Nelson Mandela University’s Occupational Health Team won first prize for the institution’s COVID-19 poster at the national conference of the South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing (SASOHN).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela Uni Geosciences PhD student, Carla Dodd, was selected for the specialised African/German field training programme (Train-ME2) as part of a group of only eight postgraduate students from across Africa.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The newly established Nelson Mandela University Steelpan Ensemble, conducted by Siyamthanda Xotyeni, recently won several awards at the 10th world-renowned International Marimba & Steelpan Festival, with 1615 participants this year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third-year Nelson Mandela University BA Media, Communication and Culture design student Jamie Penrith, won second place in her category in the national Student Gold Pack Packaging Awards competition. She will now be entered into the WorldStar Student packaging awards.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Social Work alumnus Mzoli Mavimbela, 31, recently received the Creative Non-Fiction Award from SALA and Write Associates in collaboration with the National Department of Arts and Culture for his book MASIBUYEL’ EMBO KONAKELE PHI NA?

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Education’s Prof Mathabo Khau is one of only 29 chosen from 114 applicants to participate in the Future Professors Programme Phase 2 Cohort 1 of the Department of Higher Education and Training  (DHET).

Reasons to be Proud – R2bP#: Computing Sciences honours student, Marco Venter, has developed a smart phone security app that is already creating waves in Germany and the United States.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Open Education community, Academic Developer and leader of Mandela University’s Open Education Influencers Project, Gino Fransman, has been recognised with a global Open Education Award for Excellence.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Four Nelson Mandela University students have made it through the to the prestigious GradStar Top 100.

Mandela University architecture students took first place in both the 2021 PG Bison’s 1.618 Education Initiative student competition and the Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Academic Developer and Project Leader of Mandela University’s Open Education Influencers, Gino Fransman, along with a team of collaborators across four continents, have won two global awards for their innovative new children’s book, Together.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Mandela Uni Geosciences students won awards at the recent three-day annual Groundwater Conference in South Africa, attended in person and online by professionals and students involved in groundwater-related issues.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two thirds of the finalists in two industry sponsored design competitions are third-year Mandela Uni Architectural Design students who have been selected as finalists in the 2021 PG Bison’s 1,618 Education Initiative student competition and the 2021 Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Mandela University music students have been awarded prestigious bursaries from The Southern African Church and Concert Organists Society (SACOS).

Reasons to be proud - #R2bP: Computing Sciences student, Amica de Jager, walked away with an arm full of medals at the recent DHL Lifesaving South Africa National Championships which took place in Gqeberha.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master’s in isiXhosa graduate, Cingiswa Mbangwa, recently received the African Languages of Southern Africa (ALASA) VIA AFRIKA Postgraduate Award for her outstanding research.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Bachelor of Education honours graduate, Dylan Mackenzie, has been appointed as foreign academic director for the Limai Chinese American International School in Beijing, China.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master’s student in the department of Media and Communication, Talya Goldmann, has won the StageLine SA ‘Queen of Colour’ 2021 competition. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University students won three of the four categories in the regional round of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Intervarsity and will compete in the national finals in November.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Honours in Public Management & Leadership student, Vuyokazi Gwam, has been selected as one of 10 delegates from South Africa to participate in the Programme for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz water polo coach Delaine Mentoor received national recognition this week when named Coach of the Year at the Momentum GSport Awards.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Lynn Futcher from the School of ICT at Mandela University has been elected onto the executive of the national Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor in Computing Sciences at Mandela University, Jean Greyling, has been selected as one of ten winners in the Future Learning category of the international, Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Chemistry lecturer, Dr Gletwyn Rubidge, once again broke a national record at the AIDA Freediving World Cup held in Egypt last month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Advanced Engineering Design Group’s (AEDG) engineering students are in an exciting collaborative project with well-known racing team, Scuderia Scribante.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz Sport are proud to have five representatives included in the South African team to participate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Despite enduring an extraordinary learning and teaching environment during the 2020 academic year, Nelson Mandela University’s accounting graduates achieved an impressive 83% pass rate at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) initial test of competence exam, the results of which were released last week. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University students were the big winners at the recent Corobrik Student Architecture Awards.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Chemistry lecturer, Dr Gletwyn Rubidge, broke two national records and matched a third at the Freediving World Cup held in Egypt last month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Director of Madibaz Sport, Yoliswa Lumka, has been appointed to serve as the Chairperson of the SASCOC High Performance University Sport Working Group. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A group of 2020 3rd year IsiXhosa language students, assisted by their lecturer, Professor Linda Kwatsha, have written a book of poetry entitled Umphanda Wolwazi.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Fourth year Education student and Madibaz Sport Student Assistant, Thabiso Letselebe was recently appointed to the International University Sport Federation (FISU) Media & Communications International Working Committee.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Final year law student, Liso Zenani, flew the flag high at the annual Uhuru World Debate Championship (UWDC) held recently, making it to the grand finals of the English Second Language category.  

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz Water Polo player and 3rd year Pharmacy student, Ashleigh Vaughan, was named Player of the Tournament at the recent Senior Nationals (Currie Cup) held in Durban.

 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Computing Sciences Distinguished Professor, Andre Calitz, has been honoured with a Distinguished Service in ICT Award at the 2020 Institute of IT Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) President's Awards.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz swimmer and BTech Construction Management student, Alaric Basson set the National Olympic Swimming Trials on fire last week as he swam his way to gold in three events in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Student Entrepreneurship Specialist in the Department of Student Governance & Development at Mandela University, Karen Snyman, has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the Community of Practice for Student Entrepreneurship.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Associate Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies at Nelson Mandela University Dikeledi Mokoena, was elected as the new Treasurer of the African Association of Political Science at its recent conference.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The UNODC’s E4J (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Education for Justice) project, of which Nelson Mandela University is one of four participating universities in the world, recently received the 2020 UN Secretary General Award for Innovation.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Final year Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies student, Zikhona Matolengwe has been elected to serve on the EDHE (Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education) – a student entrepreneurship Community of Practice.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University scientists from the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, have been awarded the annual prize for the 2020 best paper in the field of Applied Physics Research from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Russia. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Department of Computing Sciences has received funding from The British Council Creative Commission as part of Project-ArC – an international consortium of 12 universities that will collaborate to deploy local initiatives for Climate Change accountability and responsibility.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Chris Oosthuizen, a Nelson Mandela University postdoctoral fellow hosted by Prof Pierre Pistorius, was recently awarded a prestigious CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) Scientific Scholarship.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Geosciences lecturer Navashni Naidoo, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study towards her PhD at the University of Illinois in the Unites States.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Fourth year Education student and former SRC member, Thabsio Letselebe, has been appionted as the Team SA Media & Communication Officer for the 2021 World University Games to be held in Ghengdu, China in August.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second year BComm student, Ndivhuwo Malange, has been named winner of the Undergraduate Category in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Nelson Mandela art and design alumni are flying the flag high in Hollywood!

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mechanical Engineering student, Wian van Aswegen from Port Alfred, has designed and created a unique 3D metal printed golf putter.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Economics students, Ndivhuwo Malange and Lehlohonolo Domela, have been selected as two of the Top 20 finalists in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz judo star, Lwazi Mapitiza, achieved a major career highlight when he returned with a bronze medal from the African Judo Championships in Madagascar recently.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: During the recent Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Virtual Presidential Tour and Awards Ceremony, BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying graduate, Michael Venter, won the ASAQS Gold Medal Award for outstanding academic achievement during the 2019 academic year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lesego Nkosi, a Mandela University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology student, recently graduated from the sought-after Democracy Works Academy.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Prof Brenda Scholtz (Department of Computing Sciences) and Prof Lynn Futcher (School of Information Technology) have been appointed as the South African representatives on The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Project Leader for the Open Education Influencers, Gino Fransman, has been appointed to the Board of Advisors on UNESCO’s international open education programme, Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: KaziHealth, a mobile application developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), has received a merit award at the 4th Commonwealth Digital Health Awards.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Representing South Africa, Nelson Mandela University students Randolph Meth and Kwanda Jakalase will receive resources and mentorship for developing their visionary idea to make an impact on campus and beyond.

Nelson Mandela University Business School’s Research Associate, Dr Bryan Robinson, has been elected President of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The 2020 academic year is one that will not be forgotten for a number of reasons – and for eight Nelson Mandela University students from the Department of Media & Communication and the Department of Visual Arts – it could become memorable in the most rewarding of ways. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lindokuhle Mvango, a second year Logistics student at Mandela University, has had her dream come true by being selected to represent South Africa at The International ARTS Talent Showcase in New York next year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Justin August, lecturer in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Nelson Mandela University has been elected as the Chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Professor Mike Roberts who holds the Chair in Ocean Science and Food Security, has been awarded a 2020 Newton Prize recognising research and innovation projects between the UK selected partner countries.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third year IT Software Development student, Athenkosi Sajini, was part of the team that took 2nd place in the recent Microsoft Safe@Home Hackathon.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Public Law Department Head at Nelson Mandela University, Prof Joanna Botha, has been invited to participate in an expert seminar of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University students and members at the Madibaz Debating Union, Sibusisiwe Jaggers and Liso Zenani, recently represented the University at the inaugural Africa Inter-Varsities Debating Championship, making it through to the Grand Final.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A quartet of teenage SPAR Madibaz netball players highlighted their potential when they were chosen for the South African U21 squad in preparation for the World Youth Cup next year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters student in Physical Oceanography from Mandela University's Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, Michael Hart-Davis, is the recipient of the prestigious S2A3 Masters Medal. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A strategic decision to prioritise digital communication at Nelson Mandela University is reaping substantive results, including an international digital communication award.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Education for Justice (E4J) Grants Programme for Higher Education Institutions of the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has selected the Centre for Law in Action in the Law Faculty of Mandela University to be awarded a major United Nations Grant.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Asanda Koyo, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Economics student, has been selected to participate at the prestigious and competitive 2020 Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival hosted by the Institute for Economic Justice.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: KaziHealth, a mobile application developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), has been named a finalist in the fourth Commonwealth Digital Health Awards.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Journalism Alumnus, Thulani Gqirana, has been appointed as the new Editor of Media24 Lifestyle’s magazine, Drum.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Final year Financial Planning student Khayalethu Khoza and Psychology student Sanele Thwala have been selected as two of the Gradstar Top 100 university students across South Africa.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The recent Propella Business Incubator’s virtual Hackathon proved to be a great platform for Mandela Uni students to excel.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: In a first of its kind, the biennial international BRICS* Skills Challenge 2020 took place in a virtual online format, and Mandela University student Jacques Welgemoed (23) was part of the experience.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three students from Nelson Mandela University claimed the third  spot in the country in the annual Propella Hackathon that was held virtually last weekend due to the lockdown regulations. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the Department of Quantity Surveying at Mandela University, Sharon Dent, has been appointed as a Board Member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Vice-Chancellor's Personal Assistant, Babalwa Sishuba was recently chosen as the public sector category winner in the OPSA (Association for Office Professionals of South Africa) National Administrative Excellence 2020 competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Danie Hattingh, Director of eNtsa (the Innovation through Engineering Institute housed at the University) and Professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been announced as one of 2020’s Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (SA Academy for Science & Art) prestigious Award winners, namely the Honorary Medal of the Faculty of Natural Science & Technology.

Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University’s Professor Richard Cowling has been elected as one of 62 Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) members profiled in the second edition of Legends of South African Science. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: First year Public Management student, Siviwe Dyubhele, has been selected to represent South Africa at the International Model and Talent Association convention, scheduled to take place in New York in July.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University's 2019 Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA-CTA) graduates achieved the highest pass rate in the country for qualification as Chartered Accountants, placing our University first out of sixteen accredited universities in the country.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third year BA Media, Communication & Culture student, Charlize van Zyl, has been chosen to compete in the World Chess Olympiad in Russia in August.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Junior Student Life Officer in the residences, Xolela Madlanga, along with three students have been invited as mentors and facilitators to the Rotary Adventures into Citizenship programme in Cape Town in June this year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: "Africa has the ability to leapfrog the rest of the world with innovation. The continent has faced its fair share of challenges but with technological change, we can not only transform the continent but lead the way with innovation."
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and the project manager for the Humanising Pedagogy Praxis and Research Niche (HPPRN), Mukhtar Raban, recently received an award for Best Presentation at an international conference in France.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: NcedisoTM, a homegrown technology tool developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), will be showcased at an event hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa later this month.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Raymond Auerbach, a research associate on the George Campus, recently launched a book “Organic Food Systems: Meeting the Needs of Southern Africa”.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) has been awarded the prestigious ISACA South Africa Contribution Award.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Senior Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, Dr Gavin Rishworth, has been selected as an Affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences for a period of five years.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Law student Samantha Msipa and Psychology student Thuli Chauke, have been selected as two of 10 South African students, to attend the 2020 Golden Key Asia Pacific Leadership Summit in Australia next month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the School of Information Technology and PhD candidate, Vuyo Mdunyelwa, recently attended and presented a paper at the 4th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Young Scientist Forum (YSF), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters in Engineering student, Michelle Ngugi, recently won first prize for the best presentation of her paper at the African Laser Centre (ALC) Conference held in Stellenbosch. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Hennie van As from the Department of Public Law at Nelson Mandela University has been appointed as the regional coordinator for Africa (south of the Sahara) and the Indian Ocean Small Island Sates for the Global Access to Justice Project.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Ayanda Simayi, a Nelson Mandela University and CERMESA* PhD scholarship recipient in the Faculty of Education will present a paper exploring cultural taboos in India this month.