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A monster of a win for two Unisans

Prof Godwell Nhamo (centre) received two awards at the 2018 CEO Titans Building Nations Awards in Gauteng.

Unisa's Godwell Nhamo and Mokhotjwa Dhlamini were acknowledged as winners in the field of education at the Pan African Awards: Titans Building Nations Recognition Awards 2018/19 for the SADC South region presented by CEO Magazine on 25 October 2018.

They are both regional winners for SADC South and country winners in the Education and Training: Academic sector.

Nhamo is the incumbent of the Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change at Unisa. The chair is hosted by the Institute for Corporate Citizenship (ICC) under the College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS) and Nhamo has been directing the chair since August 2009.

Dhlamini is a full professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET).

The awards are the leading Pan African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers 23 economic sectors and has for close to two decades independently recognised those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry.

Nhamo says he feels humbled to be recognised by CEO Global as one of the individuals contributing significantly towards the development and growth in the Education and Training: Academic Sector. “Both these awards show that Unisa still has dedicated workers who continue raising its flags both within and outside South Africa. For this, I will continue serving Unisa and society with distinction and to the best of my capability. The recognition further confirms authority in terms of the research work I have been and will continue to do in the fields of green economy, climate governance, and sustainable development.”

“Nominees undergo a rigorous multi‐tiered judging process,” says Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive, of CEO Global. “Quality assurance is provided by independent auditors throughout the judging and the highest possible standard is maintained. Those individuals whom have been recognised as winners in their field can be assured that they have truly excelled.”

While Dhlamini did not attend the regional awards event, he says it is such an honour to be recognised by Titans: Building Nations for his contribution to the country. “It means a lot to me, especially for my career. I am so humbled and looking forward to the continental awards ceremony.”

According to Wepener, CEO Global’s recognition programmes dispels the notion that Africa has a paucity of innovative and progressive leadership talent. “There are tremendously inspirational stories at the core of each winner’s professional and personal life story. I am really very privileged to interact with these individuals. They deserve the admiration and respect they are afforded, particularly Lifetime Achievers who have often been absolute pioneers in their field.”

CEO Global (Pvt) Limited runs two key programmes at country, regional, and continental level, namely: Most influential Women in Business and Government, and Titans: Building Nations programmes for women and men respectively.

You can see the list of all awards here.

*Compiled by Ilze Crous and Sharon Farrell

Publish date: 2018/11/19