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Alumnus announced winner of 2019 Ghana Insurance Awards (Published September 2019)


Achumile Majija, BCom '05 and former Alumni Rising Star Recipient, bagged the Ghana’s 2019 Insurance Awards in the Young Achiever of the Year Award Category.

The Awards includes categories for life and non-life companies, re-insurers, brokerage firms and other intermediaries, health insurers, actuarial firms and other insurance service providers.


Majija has demonstrated excellence, resilience and perseverance throughout his career. These are qualities which many young professionals should be guided by.

It comes as no surprise to the Black Management Forum (BMF) that Majija exemplifies these qualities as he is one of the founding members of BMF Young Professional (BMF YP) which plays a critical and pivotal role in grooming and refining our country’s future leaders, visionaries and change agents. Majija career trajectory is a true affirmation of this.



#R2BP #AlumniNews #MandelaNews (Published September 2019)

It is with pleasure that we announce that Dr Gaathier Mahed has been appointed as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science effective from 1 October 2019.

Dr Mahed has a background in Hydrogeology with a focus on fractured rock. He has received extensive technical training in aspects of Geophysics and Isotopes in Germany and Morocco, the latter sponsored through the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has worked in gold, uranium and coal mining as well as on shale gas research. He has served in his capacity as a consultant on various projects in the Earth Sciences for government, industry and academia and also tenured as COO for a diversified energy start-up firm which ventured into Biofuel, Shale Gas and Drilling.


He has served on technical panels in South Africa to help water research projects focus on sustainable development. At the Water Research Commission of South Africa, for example, he was involved in a pilot project related to geothermal energy. Dr Mahed also served on the International Association of Hydrogeologists Early Career Network as a steering committee member as well as on the Young Earth Scientist's Network as the CFO and Vice-President for Career Advancement.

Gaathier was voted one of the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa for the year 2010, Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans to take to lunch for 2011 and a World Islamic Economic Forum Global Young Fellow for 2013. He recently received the Nelson Mandela Alumni Rising Star Award for 2017 and was also admitted into the Royal Society of South Africa. He has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, amongst multiple other prestigious funding opportunities, for exchange at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. More recently, Gaathier was awarded the Science Faculty Excellent Teacher award for 2018.

Congratulations, Dr Mahed! We wish you well on this new journey.



Top 100 Future leaders announced (published September 2019)


#GradstarSA2019 - These incredible Future leaders of our country have been named the Top 100 University students in South Africa:
Adrianne Johnson [BTech Public Management Graduate]
Funeka Mbatha [Development Studies BA Graduate]
Lesego Nkosi [BA Student & Future Mandela Graduate]
Ntsako Mogatosi [BPsych Graduate]

Congratulations to Mandela alumnus Ntsako Mogatosi who was selected as the #TenOfTheFinest

GradStar is a programme that recognizes the Top 100 students across the country based on leadership qualities and readiness for the workplace. Over 3,500 entries and narrowed then down to the top 100, ‘then the 10 of the Finest’.


Navigating triple eStrategy to success (Published 16 September - Business Report) 
Mandela graduate, Siyabulela Mandla MBA '13, who describes himself as a township entrepreneur says his success in modelling businesses can be distilled into what he calls a triple E strategy entrepreneurship, enterprise and employment.
He had to defy his background of being a product of a township in Nelson Mandela Bay and like most he almost did not get the opportunity to go to college because of financial difficulties. Only after approaching his then boss at a US-based firm, Visteon South Africa where he managed to get work as a machine operator and cleaner could he fulfil his dream of studying after the firm granted him the opportunity to study. 
His career path opened up leading him to hold different positions from being a machine operator to production team leader, technical assistant, technician and then becoming an electrical engineer.