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DVC Named Africa’s Most Influential Woman
Prof Jesika Singh, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Partnerships at UL

DVC Named Africa’s Most Influential Woman

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for Research, Innovation and Partnerships at the University of Limpopo (UL) Prof Jesika Singh has been recognised by the CEO Global Pan African as the Africa’s Most Influential Woman in the Education and Training Sector, in the SADC region. 

Singh was awarded two awards (Regional Winner-SADC and Country Winner-RSA) at this year’s annual CEO Global Pan African Most Influential Women Awards held on Friday at Sandton, Johannesburg. The awards recognise the valuable contribution to the development of the continent by small and medium enterprises, agriculture, civil society organisations, arts and culture, education, pharmaceutical, mining, manufacturing and many others.

Singh was recognised for her contribution in the development of women in the education sector. “The recognition is humbling and inspires me to make a difference, especially among young women at my university (UL). I have a responsibility to ensure that future women leaders become trailblazers in the development of Limpopo Province and South Africa,” she pledges. She says although this is an individual award, “I appreciate everyone who supports me daily – my husband and daughters, friends, and colleagues at UL.”

Singh is a founding member of the University of Limpopo Women’s Solidarity Academic Association (ULWASA) where she’s been mentoring women academics for the past 10 years. And she has also mentored women throughout her career as a teacher and school principal. She obtained   Masters in Education (Cum Laude) and Doctorate in Education from the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) in 2000 and 2004 respectively. She also holds Bachelor of Education Honours and Bachelor of Paedogogics (B. Paed) degrees attained in 1992 and 1994 respectively from the then University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu-Natal).

Her career is focused on the development of education as a teacher and researcher. Before her current Deputy Vice-Chancellor role at UL, she served as head and later Director of Research Administration and Development.

Chief Executive at CEO Global Pan African Awards, Annelize Wepener says the nominees are subjected to three evaluation processes, namely country winners, regional winners and lifetime achievers. “Our winners become part of a network of achievers,” she states, adding that all the winners portrayed individual leadership skills, good governance, growth, and development of others. Wepener further encouraged women to never give up, saying: “Women should keep on trying until they succeed and should surround themselves with the right, positive people.”

Courtesy of University of Limpopo

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