Boniswa Matiwane, Postgraduate in Media Management student
Investec Rhodes Top 100 recently celebrated its 10th-year anniversary with a night of inspiration, hope and honour.
Investec Rhodes Top 100 is a collaboration between Investec Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and Rhodes University, which recognises and reward 100 students who show excellence in academics and sport, achievements in leadership, outstanding performance as well as extraordinary contributions to the community and cultural sphere of the University.
At the celebration, Investec South Africa’s Head of CSI Setlogane Manchidi gave an inspiration speech in context of the current issues plaguing the country. “We as the people of the Nation are the ones that ought to bring about the change – and the time is now.”
Manchidi also highlighted the importance of passion: "You can be a leader in music, poetry, cooking, or politics. You can be a leader in whatever makes you come alive. There are too many people that are half dead."
He urged members of the audience to think intentionally about what “all hands on deck” means, after which he exclaimed ‘Thuma Mina!’ to encourage prize winners to leave a lasting legacy.
The ceremony awarded students in commerce and finance, community engagement, arts, culture, media and society, and sports, before renowned social media influencer Cassandra Twala gave her speech.
Twala, with her versatile and extensive profile, is also Investec’s Brand Manager. Twala spoke to the students about self-definition, which she believes should encompass three key areas, namely courage, passion and curiosity. “Besides this, you should always remain compassionate and have humanity. Remember, we are all broken in some way.”
Next up was Benita Bobo, Coordinator for Volunteerism and Service-Learning at Rhodes University’s Community Engagement and a previous Investec Top 100 Awards recipient herself. Bobo reflected on her experience as an award recipient and how this award spearheaded a legacy of recognition in her career. Since receiving the Invested Rhodes Top 100 Award in 2015, Bobo has received a Student leadership and Community Engagement award, been named one of Africa’s 100 ‘Bright Minds’, and this year, Bobo was recognised as one of 100 South African Stars for the National Youth Development Agency and as one of the 100 Young Mandelas of the Future.
She said, “I believe none of this would have been possible without receiving my Investec Award in 2015, as it inspired me to let my passion drive me to greater heights.” She urged award recipients to use their inner flame to light up the spaces that they occupy and to actively inspire change.
Towards the end of the evening, Student Services Manager Veronica Israel and SRC Advisor Eric Ofei, expressed their gratitude to Investec for the long-standing historical relationship it has with the University.
Investec Rhodes Top 100 winners for 2019 are:
Student Leadership Awards
General Excellence Awards
Community Engagement Awards
Commerce and Finance Awards
Arts, Culture, Media and Societies Awards
Jeremy de Beer
Nike Francis Mes
Josie Anne Makkink
Claire Mary Mccann