Annual Jakes Gerwel Award
This award honours graduates of the UWC School of Public Health, who have through their work made an impact on public health through professional or academic leadership and innovation.
Since 2012 the SOPH has annually honoured one of its alumni, who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public health, with the Jakes Gerwel Award.
The Annual Jakes Gerwel Award in Public Health, made possible through a grant by The Mauerberger Foundation Fund, honours the former Rector and Vice Chancellor of UWC Professor Jakes Gerwel as a visionary leader who went on to join President Nelson Mandela as the Director General in his cabinet office.
As UWC Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerwel advocated passionately for and supported development of South Africa‘s first School of Public Health. He clearly saw the need for UWC to focus on public health practice that led to measurable improvements in peoples‘ health and policy that was based on solid science. Over the last few years the UWC School of Public Health has achieved these aspirations.