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The 2022 Chancellor's Calabash Awards

Image of a DevMan employee with a UNISA team at the 2022 Calabash Awards where DevMan was a sponsor.
Back: Collen Kuanda, Data administrator at DevMan3 Front (from left): Martin Dougiamas, Founder and CEO of Moodle; Thabo Mbeki, His Excellency and Unisa Chancellor; Professor Puleng LenkaBula, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor; Unknown. Image supplied by UNISA.

The 2022 Chancellor’s Calabash Awards was held on Friday, 25 November 2022, at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg.

This event was held on behalf of the Unisa Chancellor, His Excellency, Dr Thabo Mbeki in support of Unisa’s efforts in recognising the contributions of South Africans in the development and transformation of the society.

The Awards

“This is synonymous with Unisa’s vision of being the African university shaping futures in the service of humanity…” – Unisa Chancellor, Dr Thabo Mbeki

Awards were given to the following recipients:

  • Dr Gaby Thono Mahomola, recipient of the Robben Island Alumnus award, with Dr Thabo Mbeki, Unisa Chancellor and Prof Puleng LenkaBula, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor
  • Dr Yeshnee Naidoo, recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award on behalf of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation
  • Kgomotso Mabalane accepted the Outstanding Alumna Award on behalf of Zanele Joyce Matlala
  • Coach Desiree Ellis accepts the award on behalf of the Banyana Banyana team for their Outstanding Public Service for Social Cohesion
  • Dr Yakub Essack recipient of the Outstanding Public Service Award on behalf of Gift of the Givers for social justice

DevMan's Invitation

Collen Kuanda had the privilege of attending the 2022 Calabash Awards on behalf of DevMan and said that it was “pretty cool”. A three course meal, a chance to look good, and entertainment will always go down well with anyone. Since Collen plays client CRM for Unisa, it was only fitting that he would be the one to dress up and attend.

Acknowledgement of sponsorship list
DevMan's table
Collen Kuanda did not disappoint

DevMan was one of the sponsors for the event. But we also play a key role in the universities need to collect pledges and distribute bursaries.

“Over the past years, the Chancellor’s Bursary Fund has benefited master’s and doctoral degree students to enroll across the different colleges and disciplines to build the next generation of academics, particularly Africans and women. In addition, the Chancellor took the opportunity to encourage individuals and corporates to make monthly or annual pledges towards the bursary and scholarship programmes on offer at Unisa.” – Unisa

Our role is to provide Unisa with the tools to be able to capture and monitor these pledges made by generous donors. Not only are the pledges captured, but the system manages the distribution and monitoring of bursaries provided to individuals. 

Unisa and DevMan have been partners on this journey for over a decade, and we look forward to working with this outstanding university for many more years to come.

Watch the 2022 The Chancellor's Calabash Awards here

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