Rhodes-Investec honour 100 student leaders

Rhodes-Investec honour 100 student leaders
Rhodes-Investec honour 100 student leaders

Rhodes-Investec honour 100 student leaders

The Top 100 Rhodes University students were honoured at the annual Rhodes-Investec Top 100 awards ceremony last night in recognition and endorsement of their achievements across a range of categories.

These students are front-runners in areas such as student leadership, general excellence, arts and culture, media and society, sports, community engagement, academic excellence, commerce and finance.

Dr Chrissy Boughey, Rhodes Deputy Vice-Chancellor congratulated the students for being the epitome of excellence that the university seeks to achieve and instil in their students. “Years spent at university are not just about attending lectures and submitting assignments, that’s too simplistic. It is about becoming a different person, who knows more, a person who looks at the world with different eyes.”

She added that, “The experience is much wider and there are opportunities to learn how to be professional, culturally diverse and be a leader in teams. The students being awarded tonight are young people that have grasped all the opportunities available at this university, thus being the best”.

The keynote speaker for the night, Setlogane Manchidi, Head of Corporate Social Investment for Investec, said: “These are leadership awards, and how appropriate is it that we are handing them out at Rhodes University, where leaders learn. This partnership is based on the notion that the grass is never greener on the other side; it is rather greener where you water it. Students and academics that understand that will inevitably shape a brighter future for this country, that is why we believe in them and support them.”

The Top 100 awards emanate from nominations from students and university staff.  They are judged qualitatively based on a solid academic record, and students must be on track to complete their degree in the standard time, with no DP refusals.

The panel of judges includes thirteen Rhodes University staff members; Professor Owen Skae, Benita Bobo, Professor Gary Gordon, Sarah Green, Veronica Israel, Lynette Louw, Nomangwane Mrwetyana, Peta Myers, Siya Ngopeni, Eric Ofei, Rat Western, Gillian Rennie and Andrew Tlou, Social Investment consultant for Investec.

Editor of the media partner, Oppidan Press, Ashleigh Dean, hosted the gala evening.

 The Winners are:

Arts, Culture, Media and Society

  1. Mike da Silva
  2. Ashleigh Dean
  3. Thembela Madliki
  4. Kimara Singh

Community Engagement

  1. Nokwanda Cele
  2. Lethabo Ditshego
  3. Zuko Ntlakaza
  4. Sesonasipho Yedwa

Commerce and Finance

  1. Dale Hewitt
  2. Christopher Kale
  3. Mpiliseng Sebata


  1. Candice Rafael

General Excellence

  1. Jonathan Braans
  2. Tyran Brown
  3. Rutendo Chirindo
  4. Heather Dixon
  5. Thokozani Dladla
  6. Chido Gezimati
  7. Sean Herd-Hoare
  8. Odifentse Lehasa
  9. Mpho Mafa
  10. Thato Marope
  11. Zinhle Mavuso
  12. Zola Mbatha
  13. Kayla McEwan
  14. Javan Mnjama
  15. Namhla Mthalane
  16. Francis Nuwagaba
  17. Kimberly Nyajeka
  18. Mpiliseng Sebata
  19. Anelisiwe Tsotsi
  20. Lindiwe Tsope
  21. Samkelo Mngadi
  22. Lemogang Modisakeng
  23. Nombulelo Myeni
  24. Nobuhle Ndebele
  25. Zilindile Ngcongo

Student Leadership

  1. Shannon Arnold
  2. Dingaan Booi
  3. Abigail Butcher
  4. Lucky Dlamini
  5. Stephen Dorbor Jr
  6. Christopher Kale
  7. Rolihlahla Mabaso
  8. Vanessa Macholowe
  9. Samkelo Malgas
  10. Candice Rafael
  11. Khethobole Sekgota
  12. Sheena Talma
  13. Callie Thomson
  14. Kudzanai Tsvetu

Academic Excellence


  1. Sheldon Bruin
  2. Hannah Maclean
  3. Pule Mokwena
  4. Siphiwokuhle Mthoni


  1. Adam Butler
  2. Cayleigh Channon
  3. Kyra-Aynsli Davies
  4. Ivy Kinyanjui
  5. Claire Mccann


  1. Lili Flax
  2. Khatija Gani
  3. Vivian Naidoo
  4. Gabriella Schnabel


  1. Elisa Kirgin
  2. Lorraine Matandirotya
  3. Ndhuvazi Mkansi
  4. Andrew Nel
  5. Nangue Tasse


  1. Robert Harris
  2. Ibrahim Patel
  3. Leo Vaccaro
  4. Aiden Whitaker




Source:  Communications

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