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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

Awards categories

The Chancellorís Calabash Awards were historically presented in two categories. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Unisa Robben Island Alumnus 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.

Last year, Unisa instituted a new award Ė the Unisa Robben Island Alumnus Award. This award is singularly meaningful to all at Unisa given its legacy and contribution to educating South Africaís leaders during the dark days of apartheid. The inaugural recipient of the award was former President Nelson Mandela. The 2013 recipient, Dr Ahmed Kathrada (politician, former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist), is equally no stranger to South Africans and is a fitting candidate.

The Chancellorís Outstanding Educator Award acknowledges 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. Prof. Sibusiso Bengu (Former Minister of Education 1994 Ė 1999) was this yearís recipient.

 


The Chancellorís Outstanding Alumnus Award acknowledges an outstanding alumnus who has excelled in his or her areas of expertise and who has made a significant contribution to society. This year, Fred Phaswana (Chairman of the Standard Bank Group Limited) was the recipient, noted for his passionate involvement in the areas of environmental consciousness and humanitarianism and his commitment and contribution to South Africa in these and other fields. His son, Howard Phaswana (pictured) accepted the award on his behalf.

 >> Chancellor's awards 2013 photo gallery