The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Alumni Office recognises the achievements and hard work of alumni who have made significant contributions to UJ in their respective field of study, profession, industry, community, region and nations at its Prestigious Annual Dignitas Awards Dinner and Ceremony.
The UJ Alumni Dignitas Awards ceremony celebrates the exceptional achievements of UJ Alumni who have excelled in their professions by honouring recipients with Trophies presented by the Vice Chancellor. The Latin word ‘Dignitas’ refers to the physical aura that surrounds a person once he or she has fulfilled an important task. This therefore implies the meanings of deserving, merit and worthiness.
Call for Nominations
Dear members of the UJ Alumni
You are invited to submit nominations by using the online form (link below) for the UJ Alumni Dignitas Award. The Alumni Dignitas Award celebrates the achievement of UJ Alumni by honouring those who have excelled in their respective fields.
Kindly submit your nomination by using the online nomination form (which also contains the Charter of the UJ Awards Committee):
‘UJ Alumni’ means all persons who have obtained a state-subsidised (formal) qualification from the University of Johannesburg, the former Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), or the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR).
The UJ Awards Committee considers submissions for such awards and makes recommendations to Council. In order to confirm the inherent value of the award, a conservative approach is followed in making the awards.
The closing date for nominations is 20 June 2022.
IC Burger (Prof)
University of Johannesburg
Nominations are opened each year, please read through the nomination criteria
Charter for UJ Alumni Dignitas Awards Committee
Alumni Dignitas Award Winners:
- Qualified Chartered Accountant.
- Former Chief Executive Officer of JSE Limited and Chair for the Working Committee.
- Director at the brand agency Harwood Kirsten Leigh McCoy (HKLM).
- Captain of the first South Africa team to win the World Cup.
- Voted Rugby Personality of the Year by Britain’s Rugby Union Writers’ Club in 1995.
- Organiser for Top Entrepreneurs’ competition for EMS learners, and Workshops for EMS Educators.
- Entrepreneurial Project Manager at Olemera.
- Prof & Mathematician: University of Victoria in Canada.
- She was graduate advisor of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UVic for 5 years.
- Non Executive Director of Astrapak Limited and Managing Director of De Beers Consolidated Mines.
- Took over as Managing Director of DBCM from Jonathan Oppenheimer in February 2006.
Prof Nick Beukes
- Rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa since 2001 (received the Draper Medal).
- Authored or co-authored more than 100 full length research papers in International and National Journals.
- Investment banker and businessman.
- Non-Executive Director of City Lodge Hotels Ltd., since 1996.
- South African businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist.
- Top 100 Lifetime Achiever (Sunday Times Business Times) and Trustee of Pres Mandela’s Children’s Trust Fund.
- Mayor of the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, between December 2000 and 2011.
- Longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award.
Pieter du Preez
- South African quadriplegic Athlete and an actuarial analyst at Deloitte in Johannesburg.
Prof SH (Basie) von Solms
- Research Professor in the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg.
- Currently Director of the ITU-UJ Centre for Cyber Security of the University of Johannesburg and Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).
Dr Reena Ramparsad
- Coordination of Curriculum Implementation of the Gauteng Province: Education.
Prof Desiree Vorster
- Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Johannesburg.
- Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF).
Prof Herman Alberts
- Retired with a B-rating from the NRF.
- Awarded MT Steyn Medal for Scientific and Technical Achievement by South African Academy for Arts and Science in 2007.
Marthinus van Schalkwyk
- Was appointed Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the South African cabinet.
- Formerly both Premier of the Western Cape and Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of South Africa (New National Party).
- President of Progressive Professionals Forum.
- Former CEO of Government Communications and Information Systems and Cabinet Spokesperson.
- Established herself as an international multi-award-winning designer.
- She and her team received ‘Best of the Best in the World’ and ‘Best Hotel in Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean Islands’ award.
- Rolex Visual Arts Protégé for 2010/11.
- Winner of the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts 2006, and the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2009.
Tim du Plessis
- Member of the SA National Editor’s Forum and Chair of the Nieman Fund Trust of Southern Africa.
- Was Editor of Beeld at Media24 Limited, from being a Journalist since 1976.
- Elected as Member of Parliament in 1999.
- Nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005.
Magatho Anthony Mello
- Founder and managing partner of two businesses namely Intoto Solutions (Pty) Ltd and Maraswi Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd.
- SASCOC President.
- Former Headmaster and President of Swimming South Africa.
- Was CEO of Deutsche Bank since November 2006.
- Responsible for Deutsche Bank’s South African strategic operations direction and for the leadership of its corporate finance platform.
- Represented South Africa in 2 Commonwealth Games, 3 World Cups and at the 2000, 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
- Top goal scorer at the 2002 Women’s Hockey World Cup held in Perth, Western Australia.
- Appointed Chief Executive of City Lodge Hotels Group in 2002.
- Awarded the Tourism Business Leadership Award in 2011.
- Graduated with a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2004, followed by a B-Tech in Fine Art in 2007.
- Explores themes of gender, class and race through the sculptural representation of her alter ego, Sophie, who is dressed in altered domestic worker uniforms.
The Late Judge Ronnie Bosiele
- Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
- Reached the highest judicial office in South Africa (SA) of all UJ Law graduates and was recommended by the JSC to the President for appointment to the Constitutional Court, although he was not appointed.
- Athlete, speaker and passionate advocate for living purpose-filled lives.
- Became the youngest person ever to lead an expedition to Mount Everest at age 25 in 1996.
- Appointed as the first global African ambassador for Amnesty international.
- She Toured Europe with her previous two albums, and claimed the number 1 spot with her Kulture Noir on the German World Music Charts and the number 3 spot on the European Music Charts.
Judge Boissie Henry Mbha
- Reached the highest judicial office of Judge of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal.
- CEO of Platinum Hospitality Holdings.
- Non-Executive Chairman, Africa Development, for Marriott International.
- Motivational speaker.
- Significant contributor to social cohesion, promoting advocacy and development of the Pan-African society through her art.
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Prof Chris Brink
- Served as Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.
- He was a National Research Foundation (NRF) A-rated researcher and President of the South African Mathematical Society.
Prof William Harris
- He made important contributions to the development of methods of quantifying the optical character of eyes and to defining reference axes for eyes with applications in vision science and eye surgery.
- He made a major contribution to the establishment of research in the Department of Optometry at RAU/UJ and, in South Africa.
Mr Steve Phiri
- Steve Phiri is an admitted attorney to the High Court of South Africa and an accomplished business leader in the mining sector.
- He served as Vice-President of the Mineral Council of South Africa.
Ms Funeka Zukiswa Montjane
- Ms Funeka Zukiswaa Montjane is the Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking of the Standard Bank Group.
- Ms Funeka has been recognised as Business Woman of the Year in the Corporate Category by the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (2016) and earned the Private Sector CEO of the Year Award by the African Woman Chartered Accountants.
Mr Len Wolman
- Mr Len Wolman serves as the founder, Chairman and CEO of Waterford Group and created a powerhouse company developing and operating hotels, gaming and venue properties totalling more than $3 billion throughout the USA.
- Mr Len Wolman currently serves as Chairman of The Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality Advisory Board, is a member of New York University’s School of Professional Studies Dean’s Advisory Council and serves on the Board of the Trustees for the Connecticut Science Center.
Ms Chetty has been the Chief Executive Officer of Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE), South Africa since 2019. Prior to her appointment as CEO Ms Chetty served as President of Global Markets across four continents: North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and oversaw and drove strategic alignment of organisational operations and regional practices for about 80 countries globally.
- Ms Chetty was recognised for her contribution to leadership development through academic and entrepreneurial excellence.
She was appointed CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in October 2019. Prior to this role, she held the role of CEO of the Australian Payments Network and served as Executive responsible for Consumer Finance at Australia’s largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and served as New South Wales (NSW) Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia and on the Board Audit Committee of Lifeline Australia.
- Dr Fourie was recognised for her contribution to the finance and banking sector.
Ms Seejarim has completed numerous iconic public commissions, including the public portrait for Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu in 2013; Figures Representing Articles From The Freedom Charter in Soweto in 2008, and artwork for the facade of the South African Chancery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2008, among others.
- Ms Seejarim was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the contemporary arts.