Recognition awards 2012

Category 1: The Arts

Colette Flipo (Hyman – 1953) is a world-renowned educator and artist in Oriental arts, and more specifically ikebana studies. More recently she has worked as an ikebana scribe in France and has held seminars on the topic of ikebana all over the world. Colette graduated from the Sogetsu School with the highest grades, and has accomplished an enormous amount in this unique area.

Category 2: Business

Nicola White (1989) is the Group Executive: Investor Relations at Telkom. Nicola holds a BA degree in law and economics and an LLB degree from Wits University. She qualified as an attorney with Webber Wentzel in 1998. A year later, while at SG Frankel Pollak Securities, she was voted fourth-best small-market capitalisation analyst in the Financial Mail analysts’ ratings. Nicola featured in the 2010 Mail & Guardian’s Book of South African Women. We recognise with pride Nicola’s accomplishments.

Gill Orde (1963) is an independent events caterer in Scotland. Her company grew from small beginnings in her home to becoming a company with an enviable reputation as the Scottish Borders’ premier catering company. Because of Gill’s high standards of service, she is regularly invited to cater for dignitaries, who have included the Queen. She is described as the hardest-working woman in catering, and we applaud her for what she has accomplished.

Category 3: Community

Lerato Mbele (1994) is a South African journalist. Her career began as an intern at the SABC, where she rose through the ranks of radio current affairs to host a diplomatic programme titled Ambassador. Lerato pursued postgraduate studies in England before returning to South Africa to work as a political scientist at the SA Institute of International Affairs. She then returned to the SABC to anchor the newly launched News@10 programme, where she remained for several years. She currently anchors the daily programmes Regional Roundup and Beyond Markets, as well as anchoring the weekly flagship show Captains of Industry. We are very proud of Lerato and all she has accomplished.

Category 4: Role Models

Yumna Laher (2007) is a Masters student in International Relations. This year Yumna was elected as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, the only Wits student among them. Yumna completed her BA degree in 2010 cum laude and her BA Honours in International Relations, also cum laude. The scholarship aims to help build leadership excellence in Africa, offering recipients an educational opportunity unique on the continent. During her studies, Yumna will benefit from access to leadership development programmes, rooted in the principles underpinning the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. We are very proud of her!

Category 5: Sports

Natalie Grainger-Pedersen (1995) was born in England, brought up in South Africa and now lives in America. In 2003 Natalie reached world number 1 in squash and remained in the top 5 world ranking until she retired at the end of 2010. Natalie has represented South Africa and America, and was president of the Women’s World Squash Association. She is a remarkable all-round sportswoman. We feel she would be proud, too, of the growth in squash at St Mary’s and the remarkable results that are achieved in this sport.