The Chancellor's Calabash Awards
The Chancellorís Calabash Awards are a way of recognising excellence and the exemplary achievements of Unisaís alumni, as well as South Africans who have contributed significantly to society through their distinguished roles in our society. The Calabash is a symbol of bringing people together in celebration of society.
The event is intended to profile the work of the university and in particular inform decision makers in the public sector, business and civil society about the role and importance of the University to South Africa in the continentís socio-political and economic development. The intention of the event is, in part, to showcase the achievements of Unisa over the preceding years as well as to develop good relations with the individuals/organisations that have the capacity to support the University through various means, including making financial donations to the university.
Objectives of the awards
- Acknowledge Unisa alumni and recognise their outstanding achievements over the years
- Recognise South Africans who have made a positive contribution to society
- Showcase the successes of the university and also create awareness of the institutions developmental needs
- Build and consolidate relationships with key stakeholders
- Profile Unisa to the South African and African community
The Chancellorís Calabash Awards were historically presented in two categories.
- The Outstanding Educator Award acknowlegdes the contribution of any outstanding educator who has excelled in or advanced teaching learning, skills development and/or research in his/or her area of expertise.
The recipient need NOT be a graduate of Unisa, but must have made a significant contribution to our society in the area of primary/pre-primary, secondary or tertiary education as well as research.
- The Outstanding Alumnus Award acknowledges an outstanding alumnus who has excelled in his/her areas of expertise and who has made a significant contribution to our society.
In 2012, a new category was added namely, the Unisa Robben Island Alumnus Award. This award is intended to recognise the Robben Island alumni who sacrificed so much for the liberation of our country and our ongoing commitment to being a University that provides opportunities to all.
Prof Billy Gundelfinger, Chairperson of the Unisa Board of Trustees, Chancellor of Unisa Judge Bernard Ngoepe and Principal and Vice Chancellor of Unisa, Prof Mandla Makhanya
Retired Judge President Bernard Ngoepe (Chancellor of Unisa), Geoffrey Qhena (CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation), Sello Hatang (CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) accepting the award on behalf of Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (South Africaís first democratically elected President), Saki Macozoma (Chairman of the Liberty Group) & Prof Mandla Makhanya (Unisa Principal & Vice-Chancellor)
Dr Mamphele Ramphele