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NMMU top achievers honoured

Achievers 2014

AMBASSADORS … Flying the NMMU flag as this year’s winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Achievers Awards are (from left) Sendibitiyosi Gandidzanwa, Samantha Beynon and Alexander West. Both male students are from Zimbabwe.

“Our job (at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) is to provide the conditions to develop you as responsible citizens”.

That’s as NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz told guests at the annual Achiever Awards Dinner honouring the university’s top students in the field of sport, societies and leaders in 2014.

Prof Swartz also highlighted the university’s role in nurturing students capable of seeking solutions in a world of paradoxes.

“We can put men on the moon but we have not yet solved the challenges of poverty. Such responsibilities will lie with your generation,” he urged award winners and guests in an inspiring welcoming address at the glamorous dinner at the Vodacom Indoor Sports Centre.

For the first time, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award which honours excellence in leadership and academic achievement was shared by two male students – Sendi Gandidzanwa and Alexander West - while Sam Beynon, who featured strongly in the recent One Day Leader programme on SABC 1, won the female award.

The top sports awards went to South African netball player Zanele Vimbela and SA hockey star Ignatius Malgraff. Both students attended this year’s Commonwealth Games.

For a full list of awards see our life@nmmu blog, news releases and Facebook page for a selection of photographs from the big night.

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