SHARON WILSON AWARD FOR HALE
By: Mandisa Magwaza
The Durban University of Technology held a luncheon for the annual Sharon Wilson Award at the Rendezvous Restaurant in Steve Biko campus on Wednesday.
The top English and Communication student received an award for getting over 88 percent for the subject. More than 7000 students take English as a subject at DUT.
Clive Wilson initiated the award 26 years ago after the death of his wife, Sharon Wilson, who worked in the university’s English Department.
Wilson said, “Every year I set up a prize for the best student. I started by investing R2000 at Old Mutual which accumulated to more than R90 000,” he said.
Winner of the cash price award of R24 000, Rachel Hale from the Video Technology Department, was grateful to Wilson for making the awards possible.
“To the English Department, it is a great honour to win this award. I’d like to dedicate this award to my high school teacher Mrs Beuger who was a great influence in my life and made me realise the importance of the language,” said Hale in excitement.
Dr Lolie Makhubu, Head of the Media, Language & Communication Department congratulated Hale on her achievement.
“This event started small and is going stronger, the award is always given to the best studentwho have excelled in English studies,” said Makhubu.
She mentioned that the awards are meant to encourage students, not change the language as English is the 3rd language in South Africa.
“I am always excited when students excell, she said.”