Awarded for service

2019-05-01 06:01
Dr Ellen Blekie being presented the Chancellor’s Excellence Award by Prof. Samson Mashele (Dean: Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences) at the Central University of Technology, Free State.

Dr Ellen Blekie being presented the Chancellor’s Excellence Award by Prof. Samson Mashele (Dean: Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences) at the Central University of Technology, Free State.

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The Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, has bestowed the Chancellor’s Excellence Award on Dr Ellen Blekie, recognising her role serving the community.

The retired doctor was honoured on 11 April at the institution’s autumn graduation ceremony.

Justice Mahube Molemela, CUT’s chancellor conferred the coveted award to Blekie, who was nominated by the institution’s council as deserving recipient.

Blekie is the third recipient to receive this award since its inception in 2017. Other recipients are Dr Maleho Seane in 2018 and Teboho Loate in 2017. The award is conferred to individuals who have contributed profoundly to the progress of human society based on their leadership abilities demonstrated consistently and their capacity to guide and motivate others to excellence, with a proven commitment to serving and improving the community.

Blekie is recognised for her distinguished service, leadership role and business leadership as well as her unwavering work towards improving the Thaba Nchu community. Her strides are measured with well-established distinction and achievements in community service initiatives and innovations in the region. On accepting the coveted award, Blekie expressed sincere appreciation and thanked CUT for thinking of her contribution to society.

“I never expected this. To me, I was just doing my job and helping people. I hope the students who are here will take it to heart that whatever you do, someone is watching. It is up to you to see that this country is becoming a better place to live in, and I hope that you will try to have the qualities that will one day land you on this platform.”

Born and bred in Nigel, Heidelberg district, Blekie attended school at the Lovedale education centre in Alice, Eastern Cape. Upon matriculating, she furthered her studies at the University of Fort Hare where she completed her BSc in 1953. After completing her studies, Blekie served as a medical doctor in Durban, Benoni and the Baragwanath Hospital. From 1968 to 1971, she was invited to work in Swaziland, where she met several exiled members of the ANC – thus became part of the struggle for liberation from the apartheid regime.

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