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We would like to congratulate our Alumni for their hard work and dedication. You have made Nelson Mandela University proud!


Cape Town based alumnus, Linda Grootboom LLM ’03 is the Executive Chairman and CEO of The LeanGRO Group, a Leadership & Strategy Consulting company. He has worked for various organizations (private sector, local government, academia and the public sector) in various managerial, senior management and executive capacities.
He recently published his first book titled “Virtuosic Leadership” and challenges traditional perspectives and beliefs around leadership. The 11-chapter is aimed at enabling leaders to be emotionally wired with employees or organizational members, maximize their collective value creation initiatives and embed an ethical, metanoic culture in their organizations. It also empowers organizational leaders to transform themselves and the organizational cultures of their workplaces.
Read full article here: Alumni in the News


Congratulations to Mandela University alumna, Denise van Huyssteen NDip (Public Relations) ’93 who has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Board. The automotive executive takes over from another Alumna, Nomkhita Mona, who was recently appointed as Group Executive Officer for the South African Post Office.   
Denise has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry in leadership roles. During her time at General Motors South Africa she was a member of their Executive Committee and led Communications teams in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and Dubai. She began her career in the automotive manufacturing industry in July 2000 as Manager of Corporate Communications at Delta Motor Corporation.
She has served as the Chairperson of General Motors’ International Women’s Council, as a Trustee of the GM South Africa Foundation and was a Director on the Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board from 2013 to 2020. (Photo: The Herald file).

Achumile 'Ace' Majija, BCom ’06 and 2012 Alumni Rising Star award recipient has been appointed as the CEO of Prudential Uganda from 01 May 2021. Prudential is a British multinational insurance company incorporated in the UK with over 20 million customers and listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.  
Ace's previous role was as Chief Executive: Individual Life, Corporate & Strategy for Cote d’Ivoire-Cameroon-Togo, a role he assumed after a four-year stint with Prudential Life Insurance Ghana as Chief Commercial Officer. He worked in the UK and Poland for Prudential. Ace also serves as a Regional Management Team member for Prudential Africa.
He has kept his links to South Africa, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Black Management Forum.


Loyiso Manjezi, BCom ’05 was appointed Head of Finance and Director at Traxys Africa (“Traxys”) in February 2021. He joined Traxys in December 2017 initially as the Head of Treasury and Risk after spending almost 10 years in the Financial Services industry.  
Traxys is a physical commodity trader and merchant in the metals and natural resources sectors, headquartered in Luxembourg. Its logistics, marketing, distribution, supply chain management and trading activities are conducted by over 400 employees, in over 20 offices worldwide, and its annual turnover is in excess of USD 5 billion.
In addition to his executive role at Traxys, Loyiso also serves as a Non-Executive Vice Chair at Sefateng Chrome Mine (Pty) Ltd.  Prior to joining Traxys, Loyiso had been employed by Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”), where he performed various functions within the Bank’s Client Coverage team and notably serving as the Executive Assistant to the CEO (Ebenezer “Ebby” Essoka).
Loyiso was the first recipient (06’) of the LĂ„nekassen Master’s Degree Scholarship between the Nelson Mandela University and the University of Agder (Norway) in 2006.


Prof Tembisa Ngqondi BTech (IT) ’03 and an MTech (IT) ’06 has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Information and Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) as from 1 April 2021. Ngqondi joined CPUT from the University of Mpumalanga, where she was head of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.
Prof Ngqondi worked as a domestic worker three days a week and worked two days helping a woman making leather products before completing her matric year. Based on her matric results she was awarded a bursary to study further.  “I would never have imagined that I would one day end up as a dean, but by the grace of God, who directs our steps, I did. I never had the mindset of not succeeding.” she said. 
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Original Article Written By Shanice Naidoo, Apr 24, 2021
Published By: Weekend Argus 
Adapted by Nelson Mandela University Alumni Relations Office