Over 100 staff members receive qualifications over three-year period

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Several staff members at the Thomas Alty & vice-Chancellor's awards
Several staff members at the Thomas Alty & vice-Chancellor's awards

By Asephelele Shabalala

 

Rhodes University hosted its first Thomas Alty & Vice-Chancellor's Awards in three years last week, where a total of 111 staff members were recognised for earning an educational qualification during 2019, 2020, or 2021.

A Thomas Alty Award is made to a member of staff who is awarded a Masters or PhD degree or equivalent qualification while in the services of the University. A Vice-Chancellor's Award is made to a member of staff who is awarded a bachelor or Honours degree or a recognised professional qualification and matric or NQF level 1 (grade 9) qualification.

In her opening remarks, Human Resources Director Sue Robertson quoted former first lady of the United States Abigail Adams, who said, "Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence."

Robertson congratulated all those who were to receive awards. "We are here to celebrate your success," she said.

In his address to the delegates and awardees present, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sizwe Mabizela commended those who had succeeded in their educational goals despite the pressures of the pandemic. "The fact that you are here, having completed your qualification, is testament to your incredible resilience, resolve and fortitude to rise above all the hurdles that lay on your way. Indeed, it was your resolve, dedication and commitment to succeed that carried you through," he said.

When asked about what pulled her through the challenges of getting her qualification, Louisa Verwey, who works for the Cory Library and received a Vice Chancellor's award, said, "You have to believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, you will push through."

Below is a list of those who received either a Thomas Alty award or a Vice Chancellor's award. Rhodes University congratulates you all on your success.

Thomas Alty Award recipients

Ms Stella  Buthelezi - Master of Arts                     

Ms Thandiwe Matyobeni - Master of Arts                         

Ms Nqobile Msomi - Master of Arts, with distinction

Dr Clement Simuja - Master of Arts  

Ms Catherine Parkinson - Master of Arts, with distinction

Mr Abner Accom - Master of Arts

Dr Trust Kabungaidze - Master of Arts          

Ms Sandisiwe Nabo-Bazana - Master of Arts                               

Ms Julia Ruzyczka de Rosenwerth - Master of Arts, with distinction

Ms Kelly Kilian - Master of Arts, with distinction

Ms Bridgitte Le Du - Master of Arts, with distinction

Ms Sibusiso Klaas - Master of Arts                       

Mr Nathan Trantraal - Master of Arts, with distinction

Dr Deborah Ann Seddon - Master of Arts, with distinction

Ms Veliswa Mhlope - Master of Business Administration

Ms Lisa Maholo - Master of Commerce                             

Mr Ronald Griqua - Master of Education, with distinction

Ms Heide Kuhlane - Master of Education     

Mr Sikhumbuzo Sibanda - Master of Education                           

Ms Corinne Cooper - Master of Music                              

Mr Benjamin Miller - Master of Science, with distinction

Ms Jaqueline Anne Van Dyk - Master of Science                        

Mr Francis Chindeka - Master of Science, with distinction

Ms Getrude Tshithukhe - Master of Science                     

Ms Olwethu Dlangamandla - Master of Science                          

Ms Emma Mostert - Master of Science, with distinction

Ms Thandiswa Nqowana - Master of Science (Pharmacy)                      

Dr Samukeliso Chikiwa - PhD                               

Dr Fortunate Gunzo - PhD                        

Dr Bulelwa Nosilela - PhD                         

Prof Juanita Praeg - PhD                          

Dr Samuel Nkopane Motitsoe - PhD                     

Dr Alan Parker - PhD 

Dr Clement Simuja - PhD                          

Dr Karl Van Der Schyff - PhD                    

Dr Gugulethu Baduza - PhD                     

Dr Tamaryn Jean Friderichs - PhD                       

Dr Kavish Jawahar - PhD      

Prof Helen Julia Kruuse - PhD                              

Dr Pedzisai Makoni - PhD                         

Dr Sine Memela - PhD                              

Dr Thoko Sipungu - PhD                           

Dr Guy Sutton - PhD                     

Dr Natasha Engelbrecht - PhD                              

Dr Catherine Gorham - PhD                       

Dr Phemelo Hellemann - PhD                               

Dr Anna James - PhD                    

Dr Sandile Phakathi - PhD 

Dr Nomalanga Mashinini - PhD                       

 

Vice-Chancellor's Award recipients

Ms Nozuko Kuhlane - Bachelor of Education (Hons)

Ms Alyssa Williams - Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) with distinction

Mr James Brook - Bachelor of Science

Ms Anna Talbot - Bachelor of Education (Hons) with distinction

Ms Sinegugu Blose - Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)

Ms Zizipo Lusizi - Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)

Mr Nkosekaya Hlitane - Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Ms Louisa Verwey - Bachelor of Information Systems

Mr Emiel van Son - Bachelor of Science

Ms Emma Marwa - Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)

Mr Gerald Brown - Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)

Mr Evert Knoesen - Catalyst Certificate

Ms Jay Pillay - Postgraduate certificate in HEI

Dr Eugene Grosch - Catalyst Certificate

Dr Sukhmani Mantel - Catalyst Certificate    

Prof Aretha Phiri - Catalyst Certificate          

Dr Jane Tanner - Catalyst Certificate

Dr Karl van der Schyff - Catalyst Certificate 

Dr Nokubonga Mgqatsa - Catalyst Certificate

Dr Sandie Phakathi - Catalyst Certificate

Mr Lungile Penxa - Catalyst Certificate        

Ms Mbali Khoza - Catalyst Certificate           

Mr Kanyiso Ntikinca - Catalyst Certificate     

Prof Lizielle Jacobs - Catalyst Certificate     

Dr Jono Davy - Catalyst Certificate   

Prof Eduard Jordaan - Catalyst Certificate   

Dr Nomalanga Mashinini - Catalyst Certificate      

Dr Sibanisezwe Khumalo - Catalyst Certificate        

Dr Mandisi Majavu - Catalyst Certificate       

Ms Kelly Kilian - Catalyst Certificate 

Dr Kimmera Pillay - Catalyst Certificate        

Ms Amy Langston - Catalyst Certificate        

Dr Jessica Cockburn - Catalyst Certificate   

Ms Sone Pretorius - Catalyst Certificate       

Dr Alan Parker - Catalyst Certificate 

Prof Ben Smit - Catalyst Certificate  

Ms Yolani Ndamase - Catalyst Certificate    

Ms Nomonde Tsepo - Catalyst Certificate    

Dr Candice Coombes - Catalyst Certificate  

Ms Laura Dingle - Catalyst Certificate          

Prof Nomusa Dlodlo - Catalyst Certificate    

Dr Catherine McLean - Catalyst Certificate  

Dr Ntethelelo Sibiya - Catalyst Certificate     

Mr Evert Knoesen - Certified Director certificate      

Ms Ncebakazi Ntsokota - Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

Mr Tsepo Lepelesana - Bachelor of Laws

Ms Nomathamsanqa Yawa - Postgrad Dip in Enterprise Management

Ms Lusanda Klaas - Postgrad Dip in Enterprise Management

Mr Luyolo Mapekula - Postgrad Dip in Enterprise Management

Ms Sive Mpapha - Postgrad Dip in Enterprise Management

Ms Odette Hilpert - Postgrad Dip in Enterprise Management

Mr Anthony Maccario - Postgrad Dip in Enterprise Management

Mr Siyabonga Mtembu - Postgrad Dip in Enterprise Management

Ms Denetha Peters - Postgraduate Certificate in Education, with distinction

Ms Masego Mabaso - Postgrad Diploma in Higher Education

Mr Silence Balele - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

Ms Tracy Nicole Bowles - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, with distinction

Prof Sibhekinkosi Nkomo - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, with distinction

Prof Oghenekaro Odume - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, with distinction

Prof Nomusa Dlodlo - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

Dr Sheunesu Ruwanza - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

Dr Kevin Alan Lobb - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

Dr Candice Owen - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, with distinction

Dr Ntethelelo Sibiya - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

Source:  Communications