SAEF Recognises Staff Excellence


The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) hosted an event to recognise professional and academic staff for their hard work, dedication and positive impact.

Speaking at the gathering, Dean and Head of the School, Professor Mabutho Sibanda said the awards are tailored in line with the strategic goals of the University to recognise individuals who have excelled in various portfolios within the School.

‘I would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2019 excellence awards, and encourage others to emulate this achievement,’ said Sibanda.

The awards recognised staff for operational, academic, community engagement, teaching and learning, and research excellence.

The following awards were made:

  • Top Professional Services Staff – Ms Meena Hoosen and Ms Varuna Bandu
  • Top Academics – Ms Shelley Donnelly, Dr Bomi Nomlala and Mr Alastair Marais
  • (Distinguished Teacher) Teaching and Learning – Dr Msizi Mkhize
  • Top Academics in Teaching and Learning (per cluster) – Dr Kerry-Ann McCullough (Finance), Dr Jessica Schroenn Goebel (Economics) and Mr Alastair Marais (Accounting)
  • Top Researcher (Top PUs) – Professor Paul Muzindutsi, Professor Harold Ngalawa and Dr Gerry Bokana
  • First Publisher – Ms Navitha Sewparsad
  • Top Reviewer – Dr Patricia Shewell
  • Community Engagement Excellence – Dr Msizi Mkhize, Dr Sanele Gumede and Ms Hlengiwe Ndlela
  • Dean’s Award – Ms Sherry Badernhorst and Mr Yoshin Chetty

Winner of the Top Researcher award, Muzindutsi said, ‘It is encouraging that our School acknowledges staff members’ hard work and excellence. I would like to congratulate my colleagues who received excellence awards in other categories.’

First Publisher Award winner Sewpersadh said, ‘I am extremely grateful to my colleagues Dr Rajendra Rajaram and Professor Anesh Maniraj Singh for affording me the opportunity of co-authoring with them. I felt a sense of relief and excitement when the article was finally published.’ The article, Business rescue: Adapt or die, was published in the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences in October 2018.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Supplied