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The NMMU/Allan Gray Academic Achievement Awards were held on Monday night 22nd October 2012 at the Allan Gray Brookes Hill offices.

Only the top achievers in Accounting and Business Management were invited to participate in this competition, where students needed to write an essay.

While the Accounting students took the undergraduate awards, the Business Management Honours students took first, second and third prize in the post-graduate section.                              

Well done to all of these students on a great achievement.

The top 3 Business Management Honours students who won are: 1st place - Nqobizitha Ngwenya, 2nd place - Letlhogonolo and 3rd place - Shahzia Soomar.

A small extract from Nqobizitha Ngewenya’s winning essay reads as follows: “It takes a leader to raise another leader. Therefore business leaders ought to be grooming and raising leaders who will be able carry over the leadership qualities and knowledge that the current business leaders possess.”

                           Top (from left to right): Hein Wagner; Nqobizitha Ngwenya; Letlhogonolo Letsapa and Shahzia Soomar. 

At the awards function, Hein Wagner, a global adventurer, motivational speaker, corporate entertainer and lover of life, delivered a motivational speech to the students.

Below is an extract from his biography:   

“Hein Wagner was born blind and matriculated at the Pioneer School in Worcester, South Africa. His childhood years was challenging and it took a couple of extreme adventures to make Hein see the light and today he sees his blindness as the biggest gift he could ever dream for. Some of his adventures include: Sailing from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, skydiving and participating in Ironman events. Hein is also the current holder of the World Blind Landspeed Record at 322.52 km/h.

Hein Wagner is living proof that despite the challenges that come our way, anything is possible. He does not allow his blindness to stand in the way of his dreams and people often refer to him as a blind man with exceptional vision.”