Unisa SBL’s Douglas Boateng honoured with lifetime achiever award

DouglasBoateng_leadThe Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership’s (SBL) Prof Douglas Boateng, was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achiever Award at CEO Global’s “Titans Building Nations Awards”.

Africa’s first Professor Extraordinaire in Supply and Value Chain Management, Boateng was recognised for his extraordinary contribution to regional, national and continental socio-economic development—especially with regard to the promotion of regional and continental collaboration for long-term socio-economic success.

The awards—which are held across the continent—honour the achievements of individuals in Africa who have not only played a pivotal role in advancing economic development and progress, but have also impacted directly on the people and communities connected to their respective regions. Similar ceremonies are set to take place in Zambia, Mauritius, Kenya, and Ghana later in the year.

“While our continent faces numerous challenges including extreme poverty and conflict, these awards recognise leaders like Boateng—“Titans”—working selflessly to build nations and unite the people of Africa. His contribution and commitment to emerging world development is inspiring to all of us at the SBL, reminding us of our individual power to do greater good and make an impact. We congratulate him on this outstanding achievement,” noted Dr Renosi Mokate, Executive Director and CEO of the Unisa SBL.

For the past 16 years, the annual Titans Building Nations Awards have been recognising leaders from various sectors who are committed to advancing the development and prosperity of Africa. This year more than 4 900 nominations were received from across the continent. Vigorous judging processes are then used to select finalists, with the winners being chosen by independent judging panels after a series of Skype interviews.

Extensive global influence

Boateng proved a compelling candidate, having been at the forefront of various vertical-specific industrial developmental initiatives. He is currently an independent distinguished extraordinary chair in operations and supply chain management for the Institute of Operations Management (IOM) Africa, the chairman of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’s (CIPS) Africa Strategic Advisory Board (CIPS is the world’s largest procurement and supply chain related professional body), a Postgraduate and Doctoral supervisor for supply and value chain management at UNISA’s SBL, the president of the Institute of Operations Management (IOM) Africa, the international chartered director of IOD (UK), and an adjunct academic and elected fellow of at least eight global professional organisations including IOD, CIPS, CILT, SOE, iPlantE, IC, CMI, and IODSA.

His extensive global influence additionally extends to areas of supply chain strategy (international and local), operations, engineering and management, procurement, logistics strategy, e-commerce, TQM, BPO, international business development, corporate governance and director development, and business strategy.

This award is the third lifetime achiever award to be bestowed upon Boateng. He was previously awarded the CIPS South Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in 2013, and was presented with a Lifetime Platinum Achiever award by CIPS Ghana and the Association of Ghana Industries in January this year.

“I am humbled and honoured to have won this award,” said Boateng. “It means that the world is increasingly taking note of one’s measurable contribution to individuals, business and society alike. I would like to dedicate it to all who courageously and selflessly try to make a real and sustainable difference to the lives of others within and beyond their communities.”

*Submitted by Cilla Boucher


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.