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Gold Award for Excellence winners at RUCE 2013 Awards

Date Released: Fri, 11 October 2013 11:59 +0200

Michelle Ellis volunteers at Sakhulunthu – she has become an integral part of the Sakhuluntu team, she goes the extra mile, sensitively caring for the children and their well-being, forming positive, constructive and meaningful relationships with all parts of the organisation. Michelle’s commitment to the arts and her work at the organisation goes beyond her required volunteer commitment have made a positive impact on the programme and to fellow volunteers.

Mapula Maponya has volunteered at little flower preschool, raglan road pre-school and tylilulwazi pre-school. She is the Oppidan community engagement representative, the Golden Key CE representative and this is her second year serving as a student leader for Little Flower. Mapula has contributed immensely to the student volunteer programme, assisting with student training and actively encouraging new volunteers and mentoring new volunteers. After joining the SVP and working within early childhood education, Mapula decided to take her lessons back home to Limpopo, running a book drive. The overwhelming response she received has led her to establish  the “Lesedi Literacy and Early Childhood Education Project”, a programme encouraging reading and improving literacy in primary schools.  

Khanyisa Nomoyi has served as the president of SHARC in 2013. Over and above her work with HIV education on and off campus, she also volunteers at Upstart as a business studies tutor for grades 10-12. She has also served as the community engagement rep for Walker House. Her glowing nomination commended Khanyisa for her critical thinking when it comes to CE initiatives, commitment, motivation and creativity.

Luvuyo Leon Kiti is a volunteer at ABSA achievers and is a volunteer at Upstart. He has been involved with teaching computer literacy at various schools, as well as assisting with running of reading clubs. He currently tutors economics as a part of the Absa tutoring programme. . Luvuyo has served as a community engagement representative for Joe Slovo House in 2012 and this is his second year serving as the Student Leader at Upstart. His enthusiasm, sensitivity and organised nature have made him an invaluable asset to the SVP. 

Nosiphiwe NgqwalaNosiphiwe has been an active volunteer in and outside of Rhodes. She is a volunteer at Village Scribe’s AwareNet Programme and a member of Activate innovation leadership program, a national a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Founding the Young Minds programme, she later joined the Masisukume Career Information and Youth development program in the Mount Frere area.  Numerous nominees stated that Nosiphiwe has worked with numerous CBO’s in Grahamstown, contributing her time and valuable skills to assisting in various areas of youth development.

Thobeka Mhlongwe volunteers at Ikamva Youth, and has served as one of the three student leaders in the organisation. Thobeka has made a significant contribution to Ikamva this year, and was consequently selected to the “logistics portfolio” in the branch committee of the organisation. Thobeka has gone beyond her required task as a student leader, organising a two-week winter school, recruiting new tutors, assisting with training, planning excursions and arranging for ikamva learners to have science practical’s at Rhodes. Her exemplary leadership and organisational skills are met with a compassion and love for tutoring, which have made her an asset to the SVP programme.

Nathalia Von Witt volunteers at Inkwenkwezi and has served as the events coordinator on the committee of the inwenkwezi society; she has performed all of her tasks and duties with enthusiasm and a proactive attitude. She has successfully organised numerous events including training workshops, a skills development workshop, meet and greets and the society’s annual general meeting. Nathalia has come up with an innovative way to help volunteers engage with their learners called the “imagination station.” Nathalia’s professionalism and hard work have ensured the society maintains its excellent commitment from volunteers and good relationships with various partners.

Gorata Chengeta is a volunteer at Kuyasa Special School, where she has been a one on one mentor for the past two years. She has been a committed volunteer, with commendable attendance each week. She has also served as the CE representative at Amina Cachalia residence, where she has been a volunteer at Rainbow Kidz Preschool. Gorata helped establish the relationship between Aminaa Cachalia House and the pre-school by organising events such as the mother’s day tea, arbour month tree planting initiative and a part of the planning committee for the “thrown away” documentary screening which raised over R5000. Gorata has shown great leadership skills and is well informed and approachable volunteer.,

Amirah Kolia an Allan Grey fellow volunteers at Gadra, she has tutored business studies and mentored a number of matric students. She also offered her prior experience and experience in mentoring the whole group of Gadra mentors. Bringing her academic skill together with her keen leadership skills, Amirah has helped make the new Gadra Mentoring programme into a success. In her nomination form, the Director of Gadra Education remarked “Amirah is an A level student and a an A level volunteer”.

Andile Hlanti has been a committed student leader at Nompumelelo Preschool in Joza. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Guy Butler Community Engagement Participant of The Year. In 2013 he has served a their CE representative, organising events and ensuring that his events have a two way benefit and ensure that they create a lasting relationship between us as a residence and the community partner. Andile has also worked with Rhodes University Department of Economics. He volunteered to be a economics tutor for Nstika High School in the first semester. Of Andile’s work, his warden remarked, : “Andile remains humble and doesn't like to be in the spot light or take recognition for his community engagement achievements.”

Source:Gold Award for Excellence winners at RUCE 2013 Awards