Prizes for top CAS students

04 June 2007
The winning team: Award and medal winners Gerard Ralphs, Emma Bedford and Daniel Davson with the director of the Centre of African Studies, Professor Brenda Cooper, and Professor Crain Soudien, the chairperson of the Harry Oppenheimer Institute's committee of management, at the CAS awards ceremony.

The Centre for African Studies (CAS) honoured its top students for 2006 with class medals and awards, presented on 25 May.

Postgraduate students received Heinemann Book Awards, while undergrads were awarded class medals.

Alexander Santillanes, who couldn't make the event, picked up two accolades, one for Debate in African Studies and the other for Images of Africa, both master's courses.

Public-culture master's student Gerard Ralphs was given a book award for his work on Problematising the Study of Africa: Interrogating the Disciples.

Emma Bedford, who is doing her master's in art history, also received a book award for the Collection Representation and Display course.

Among the undergraduates, engineering student Daniel Davson received a class medal for Africa: Culture, Identity and Globalisation, and Francis Palmer received a medal for Culture, Identity and Globalisation in Africa.

Harry Oppenheimer Scholarships were awarded to master's students Mwenya Kabwe and Nandipha Mntambo, who each received R10 000.

Professor Crain Soudien, chairperson of the Harry Oppenheimer Institute's committee of management, noted that despite the challenges, the CAS still produces exceptional talent every year.

"It is a pity that we can't present awards to all of our students," he said.

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