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  Back (from left): Thabo Shingange and Henrico Barnard (SRC), Prof Charles van Onselen and Prof Tania Hanekom. Front (from left): Dr Molapo Qhobela (CEO NRF), Dr Khotso Mokhele (guest speaker), Prof Stella Nkomo, Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal), Prof Stephanie Burton (Vice-Principal), Mr Piet Botha (Vice-Chair of Council), Barbara-Ann Ribeiro (Council), and Prof Tinyiko Maluleke.
in the CEO Global Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business
and Government Awards, and earlier in the year, the CEO Lifetime Country Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership excellence in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Prof Robert Millar received the Platinum Scientific Achievement Award of the South African Medical Research Council.
Prof Christof Heyns, Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, received the 2016 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award by Advocates for Human Rights in Minnesota, USA, in recognition for his work in the United Nations.
Prof Ann Skelton, Director of the Centre for Child Law won the Juvenile Justice Without Borders International Award bestowed by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, in recognition of her work in protecting the rights of children and improving the juvenile justice system in South Africa.
Prof Dave Berger of the Department of Plant Science was
awarded, at the 2016 NSTF-South 32 award ceremony, the Special Annual Theme Award: Crop Science and Food Security in recognition of the 2016 International Year of Pulses declared by the United Nations.
Prof Celia Abolnik, who holds the Poultry Health and Production Research Chair in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, received a 2016 Regional Award of the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards Programme as one of Africa’s top five female scientists.
Dr Heinrich Badenhorst, senior lecturer and SARChI Chair in Carbon Materials, received the Royal Society of South Africa’s Meiring Naudé Medal, in recognition of outstanding early career contributions.
Prof Lizette Jansen van Rensburg, Department of Human Genetics, received the Oettle Memorial Medal for 2016, CANSA’s highest honour awarded to South Africans who have made valuable contributions to cancer research and treatment.
Prof De Wet Swanepoel, Professor of Audiology at UP, received
the S2A3 British Association Medal, one of the highest awards for original scientific research in southern Africa.
The South African Institute of Architects bestowed an Award of Excellence on the late Prof Karel Bakker, Emeritus Prof Roger Fischer and Mr Nicholas Clarke of the Department of Architecture for their publication Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens: A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa, which was the outflow of a UP research project co- funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in South Africa.
A number of UP academics were honoured at the annual awards of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns: former UP academic and Vice-Chancellor and Principal, and current Council member, Dr Johan van Zyl, received the Frans du Toit Medal for business leadership; Emeritus Prof Ivan Horak of the Faculty of Veterinary Science was awarded the MT Steyn Medal for Scientific and Technical Achievement; and Prof Robert Pattinson of the Faculty of Health Sciences received the Havenga Prize for Health Sciences.
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