North-West University honours iconic alumni

The North-West University (NWU) honoured some of its most remarkable alumni at an awards ceremony in Sandton on 26 November.

The university’s prestigious Alumni Awards of Excellence gave recognition in nine categories to prominent alumni who have excelled professionally in their respective fields of expertise and who have made exemplary contributions to society – nationally and internationally.

The honour roll for this year’s recipients includes an advocate for the development of and research into the origins of Afrikaans, a leading light in the international training and development community, a born teacher who shares the secrets of code, a star athlete involved in developing the next generation of champions, a legend in university management, an academic ahead of his time, an advocate at the forefront of fighting corruption, an acclaimed opera singer and a world-class tenor.
Alumni Award winners

  • Prof Andries Coetzee, Research Award
  • Mr Elroy Gelant, Sport Award
  • Ms Dimakatso Mohapi, Community Involvement Award
  • Ms Charlotte Mokoena, Business Leadership Award
  • Ms Mercy Malieloa, Young Alumni Award
  • Mr Siyabonga Maqungo, Arts and Culture Award
  • Adv Lekgoa (Andy) Mothibi, Public Service Award
  • Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg, Education Award
  • Prof Johan van der Vyver, Lifetime Achievement Award

(Full details of every recipient and photographs are available at

The coveted NWU Alumni Awards were presented to deserving alumni for the seventh time. Previous recipients include respected South Africans such as Prof Anis Karodia, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, Dr Bismark Tyobeka, Prof Pieter Stoker, Mr FW de Klerk, Judge Frans Kgomo and Prof TT Cloete, among others.

Prof Dan Kgwadi, principal and vice-chancellor of the NWU, saluted the award recipients and said they can be proud of their alma mater. He said the NWU is an excellent institution and is doing very well as is evident in its performance in the sector regarding rankings and ratings, locally and internationally.

He said some of the highlights include the NWU being ranked as the safest university in South Africa by students and consistently being ranked among the cream of the crop of local universities.

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Submitted by BELINDA BANTHAM on Sat, 11/27/2021 - 08:15