Three politicians to receive Unisa awards

2015-10-31 23:01

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Durban – The University of South Africa (Unisa) will honour three prominent politicians at its Chancellor’s Calabash Award.  

The minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Pravin Gordhan, the governor of the Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago and former Gauteng MEC Professor Mary Metcalfe – are set to receive the various category awards in Midrand, Johannesburg, on November 5. 

In a statement, Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela said that every year, the chancellor of Unisa  retired Judge President of the North and South Gauteng High Courts Justice Bernard Ngoepe, “bestows awards in three categories on distinguished persons in acknowledgement and recognition of their outstanding achievements and broader contribution to society”.

Ramotshela said: “The Robben Island Alumnus Award, which will be bestowed on Gordhan, is awarded to recognise Unisa alumni who studied through the university while incarcerated on Robben Island for political reasons during the struggle for liberation.

“The Outstanding Educator Award, which will be bestowed on Professor Metcalfe, recognises the sterling contribution of any educator within South Africa who has excelled in advanced teaching as well as learning and skills development in their area of expertise.

“Mr Kganyago will be bestowed with the Outstanding Alumnus Award, whose objective is to acknowledge an outstanding alumnus of Unisa who has excelled in their area of expertise and made an impactful contribution to society.”

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