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THE culmination of university’s sporting year was marked with the announcement of various sports awards at the annual Achievers’ Awards function.

Top awards went to Human Movement student and South African hockey player Ignatius Malgraff for the second consecutive year as 2015 NMMU Sportsman of the Year and SA senior ladies waterpolo team player and Human Movement Science student Delaine Christian as the 2015 NMMU Sportswoman of the Year.

Ignatius represented South Africa at hockey internationally this year in the FIH World League Quarter Finals in Cape Town and he played two test matches against Germany and Ireland each and one test match against the Netherlands.

He was also a member of the EP Men’s Team at IPT during August in Pretoria and will represent South Africa at the FIH African Olympic Qualifier in Johannesburg later this year.

He represented the Mecer Madibaz hockey team during the USSA Week and played a huge role in taking them to the final.

Delaine from the Madibaz Water Polo Club was selected for the SA Senior ladies team that that won gold at the European Union 8 Nations Cup in Dublin, Ireland, in May and participated in the 16th World FINA Champs in Kazan, Russia, in August.

She was also selected for the EP Senior Ladies team to participate at SA champs in March as well as the USSA water polo squad for 2014. She was also captain of the NMMU Madibaz team that ended fourth at the USSA Champs in Dec 2014.

Other awards included:

  • Sport Team of the Year: Spar Madibaz Netball A (second year)
  • Sport Club of the Year: Spar Madibaz Netball Club (second year)
  • Sport Administrator of the Year: Lisa Benjamin
  • Sport Coach of the Year: Dalan Phillips
  • Sport Technical Official of the Year: Laiken Abrahams

TOP LEADERS … Development Studies master’s degree student Mzolisi Ngcamango and third-year Economics Diploma student Ibanathi Nonkeneza won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Leadership at the recent annual Achievers’ Awards Dinner. 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding leaders in the field of co-curricular activities at NMMU coupled with academic consistency went to Development Studies master’s degree student Mzolisi Ngcamango and third-year Economics Diploma student Ibanathi Nonkeneza.

Mzolisi represented South Africa at the Southern Africa Regional Youth Forum in Madagascar during October. He is also an assistant lecturer in the department of Political Science and Conflict studies this year and was selected as a participant in the Fort Hare Autumn School.

He served on the SRC in 2013 and was responsible for students on South Campus. During his term as Residence Student Assistant he was appointed as acting Res Manager while a new Res Manager was being recruited.

Ibanathi, a tutorial leader in the Economics Department is currently the Drama Society Secretary and deputy chairperson of a political organisation on Second Avenue Campus. She completed the Beyond the Classroom Leadership programme in 2014 and has continued her volunteer work as a member of the 67 hours volunteer programme in 2015.

Believing in the importance of giving back to others, Ibanathi has been a How2 buddy for two years. She participated in the Arts & Culture short learning programme and is an active member of the Economics in Action and Ballroom and Latin American Dance Society.

She also plays netball for the Veritas Residence league. Throughout all her co-curricular activities and leadership positions, she still manages to pass most of her modules with distinctions.

Other winners included:

  • Arts and Culture Society of the Year: Ballroom & Latin American Dance Society
  • Residence of the year: Melodi
  • Student Governance Department (SGD) Developmental Society of the Year: NMMU Golden Key International Honour Society
  • SGD Academic Society of the Year: NMMU Law Student Society (sixth consecutive year)
  • SGD Society of the Year: NMMU Law Student Society

Contact information
Mr Michael Barry
Head of Department
Tel: 041 504 2508