Recognition awards 2009

Category 1: The Arts

Fiona Ramsay
Fiona has appeared in numerous stage, television, radio and theatre productions, such as Sleeping Beauty, The Merchant of Venice, Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Fiona has worked as dialogue coach and consultant on films, and her knowledge of accents, regional South African and regional UK, US and Europe, is unparalleled in the country.

Louise St Clair (Rolfes – 1976)
Louise is one of South Africa's best actresses and has starred in theatre, TV and radio. She is a fantastic asset to South Africa and is constantly in demand. 

Category 2 – Business and Commerce

Cathie Markus (Stuart – 1974)
Cathie was an executive director of Impala Platinum Holdings Limited for around nine years. All in all she was at Implats for 16 years, initially as legal adviser and then with increasing responsibilities related to stakeholder engagement (investor relations, corporate social investment, etc.) She joined Implats after qualifying and practising as an attorney and then as a legal adviser with Dorbyl Limited. 

Category 3: Community and Social Development

Judy Van Den Heever (Peterson – 1971)
In 2003 Judy, with her husband Danie, established a haven for hope near Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal. Realising the need for positive action they drove the process to form an inspirational organisation called Focus on iThemba, the isiZulu word for "hope". iThemba is a non-profit, public benefit (18a) organisation restoring hope in people's lives. Ithemba includes a housing, campus and community initiative based in KZN with a fundraising arm in the USA.

Kirsten van der Riet (Elfrink – 1989)
Kirsten studied a BPrim Ed through Wits and has taught at several schools in Johannesburg and London. She now teaches part-time at a school called The Mitzvah School, in a ramshackle old house in Morningside, which is for pupils from Alexandra township. Mitzvah actually means "good deed" and is sponsored by the Jewish community. It is for matrics only and they leave their appalling schools in Alex at the end of Grade 11 and come to this school to experience a year of major input.

Category 4: Role Models

Sheenagh Harris (Wise – 1953)
Sheenagh has worked tirelessly for many years for the Old Girls' Association. Her loyalty to the school is without question, and she continues to make a vast contribution to the school through her various trips around the world to connect with Old Girls abroad and her assistance with the Old Girls' news in the annual school magazine. Sheenagh was recently appointed president of the World Federation of Rose Societies for the period 2009-2012. Sheenagh was awarded the President's Trophy, by the President of the Rose Society of South Africa, for the most significant contribution and positive involvement in the promotion of roses.

Category 5: Sports

Claire Nitch (1989)
For a decade Claire has been South Africa’s top-ranked player, winning the national championships six times since 1992. Until her retirement from the international arena Claire was ranked between nine and 17 in the world. One of her greatest achievements was the lifting of the Liberty National crown in August 1999 – an achievement that clearly illustrates the attributes of determination, dedication, discipline and pure grit that have characterised Claire's career. Nitch won her first national colours in 1992, when she represented South Africa at the World Team Championships in Vancouver, Canada, followed by further selection in 1994 in Guernsey, in 1996 in Kuala Lumpur, and in 1998 in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2000 Claire represented South Africa at the World Team Championships.