Standing ovation for academic achievers in commerce and IT

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:59

Standing ovation for academic achievers in commerce and IT

Ask any university graduate and they will tell you that their graduation day remains to be one of the most memorable days in their lives. For several high-performing students from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark, the memory of the recent graduation ceremony evokes an extra special feeling of accomplishment.


During the graduation week which took place at the Quest Conference Estate, several Top Achiever Awards were made within the fields of commerce and information technology to celebrate the academic achievements of graduates within the different degree courses. The recipients were:

  1. Franco Bosman, BCom in Chartered Accounting (CA)

Franco was born in Pretoria. He was home-schooled until Grade 9, and from Grade 10 he attended Dr Malan High School in Meyerton. He was chosen as Dux learner every year until he matriculated in 2014 with seven distinctions. In 2015 he enrolled for a BCom Chartered Accountancy degree at the campus in Vanderbijlpark.

He completed the degree within the minimum prescribed period of three years and passed all 29 of the 29 prescribed modules with distinction. Franco maintained an average of 91,93% during the course of his studies. Due to his outstanding academic record, he was offered membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society for three consecutive years. At the Student Excellence Awards, Franco has also been named the top achiever in the School of Accounting Sciences for three consecutive years.

Franco is currently enrolled for a BComHons in Chartered Accountancy at the NWU. After his studies are completed, he would like to complete his articles as a chartered accountant at Deloitte.

  1. Shaundouglas Hlape Mohlamme, BCom Economics and Risk Management

Shaundouglas was born in Vereeniging on 12 September 1996. He went to General Smuts High School where he achieved academic colours in 2013, and served as a class representative in 2014. In the same year he was conferred the honour to represent General Smuts High School at the Annual Monetary Policy Committee Challenge of the South African Reserve Bank, where his team obtained third place out of 140 schools from the Gauteng and Limpopo provinces.

In 2015, Shaundouglas enrolled for a BCom in economics and risk management at the campus in Vanderbijlpark. Throughout his studies, he obtained an average of 85% across all of his majors and achieved a total of 29 distinctions out of 31 modules. In 2016 he became a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and in 2017, he served as a treasurer for Think Like An Economist – an affiliated student society of the NWU. He also served as a student assistant since 2017.

He is currently busy with his honours degree in economics and risk management at the campus in Vanderbijlpark. He plans to do an MBA degree in the near future.

  1. Gift Sithembile Nkosi, Diploma in Sport Science

Gift was born on 16 July 1995. She matriculated in 2013 from the Rhodesfield Technical High School. In 2015 she was accepted at the campus in Vanderbijlpark to study towards a diploma in sport science. During her second year in 2016, she became the team manager of the NWU’s ladies’ soccer team, a position she kept until the end of her third year. Throughout her studies, she maintained an average of 87,86% in the core modules and achieved 29 distinctions out of 30 modules.

She dreams of opening a fitness studio for young girls in her community. She yearns to teach young girls that they have the ability to feel better about themselves by being active and being conscious about what they put into their bodies.

  1. Lindall Stadler, BCom in Industrial Psychology and Labour Relations Management

Lindall matriculated from Afrikaans High School Sasolburg in 2002. In 2015 she enrolled at the campus in Vanderbijlpark for a BCom in industrial psychology and labour relations management. She completed the degree within the minimum prescribed period of three years, and passed 32 of the 32 prescribed modules with distinction. Lindall maintained an average of 86,95% during the course of her studies. Due to her outstanding academic achievements she has been offered membership to the Golden Key Honours Society for three consecutive years.

She is currently enrolled for an honours degree in industrial psychology as a part-time student at the campus in Vanderbijlpark.

  1. William Madgwick, BSc in Information Technology

William was born in De Notter, near Nigel and was raised in Vereeniging. He attended high school for two and a half years at Hoërskool Ellisras and the remaining time at Hoërskool Overvaal, were William matriculated in 2014.

In 2015, William enrolled at the campus in Vanderbijlpark for a BSc in information technology. He completed his degree in 2017 within the minimum prescribed period of three years. He passed 23 out of the 29 prescribed modules with distinction. Due to his outstanding academic achievements he has been offered membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society for three consecutive years. William started a software development company with his friend and is currently self-employed.