Honorary degrees will be awarded to Ms Louisa Mojela, a co-founder and long-time group chief executive officer of the Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD); and Prof Batmanathan Dayanand Reddy, a globally renowned mathematician.
Ms Louisa Mojela is a well-known figure in corporate South Africa having been a co-founder and long-time group chief executive officer of the Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD), a company dedicated to the empowerment of women and the creation of development opportunities. Under her leadership, WIPHOLD grew to be the country's premier black women-owned and managed investment company with billions invested across a wide array of industries. More than 200 000 black women are beneficiaries who hold a direct share of 33,6% in the holding company via WIPHOLD Investment Trust and WIPHOLD NGO Trust.
Ms Mojela graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce from the National University of Lesotho, and successfully completed the Executive Leadership Programme at Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania in the United States. She is a well-known figure in corporate South Africa, and has served on the boards of companies such as Distell, Sun International, Sasol Mining and Life Healthcare Group Holding. She has received numerous awards for her business leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. In May 2009 she received the Inaugural African Business Leadership Award in Dakar, initiated by the African Development Bank, and in 2010 she won the Africa Economic Builders Entrepreneur of the Year award in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast.
Professor Batmanathan Dayanand Reddy is a globally renowned mathematician, who has a notable record of sustained activity in strengthening the scientific enterprise. An A-rated National Research Foundation scientist, Prof Reddy’s journey into science began back in 1973, when he completed a BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), followed by a PhD at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Prof Reddy has made major contributions to the analysis of problems in solid mechanics, most notably plasticity, and to the development and analysis of mixed and related finite element methods. Beyond these major areas of expertise, he has also made significant contributions to aspects of biomedical mechanics. He is a founding member of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, chaired a steering group of academics who established the South African Centre for High Performance Computing, and is a founding fellow of the Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World. He served a seven-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Science at UCT, where he also held the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. He retired from UCT at the end of the end 2020.