Edition 3

Honorary Doctorates*

Together, LET US BUILD this beloved South Africa Robert Michael “Bobby” Godsell

“Each generation faces its own challenges. You are called to design a new order for both identity and relationships. Encourage each other when the hill looks impossible. Together, help us build this beloved South Africa”. This was the message of renowned South African businessperson, Robert Michael “Bobby” Godsell who accepted an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg. Inspirational leadership Dr Godsell’s inspirational leadership style paves the way for executive management and leadership roles. Prof Daneel van Lill, the Executive Dean of the University’s College of Business and Economics (CBE), said the University community takes inspiration from the wisdom and humanity that Dr Godsell exercised throughout his life in each of the executive positions that he held at national and global levels. These include positions as the CEO of companies such as Anglo- American Corporation, AngloGold, Ashanti Limited, and the President of the Chamber of Mines, Chair of Business Leadership South Africa, and the World Gold Council. “Throughout these positions and beyond, Dr Godsell has facilitated dialogue between business, government, labour and other stakeholders”, said Van Lill. “Being the rational voice, and often the only voice, reinforcing what is ethical and morally correct is no easy assignment”.

Recognition of black workers

to reconnect national leaders with the people of South Africa. A business leader anchored in Africa “Dr Godsell counts among the most capable and connected South African business leaders”, argued Van Lill. “He is anchored in Africa. He inspires others to transform. He serves the future of South Africa and our continent”.

Dr Godsell played a pivotal role in ensuring that the power of black workers was recognised in the workplace through initiating the first negotiations with unions. He continues to facilitate issues of collective interest to business, the economy and society. He strives

* UJ has awarded a number of honorary doctorates during its first two series of graduation ceremonies, five are profiled in this edition, the remaining three, Dr Kumaran (Kumi) Naidoo, Prof Romain Murenzi and Prof Phillip L Clay will be featured in the next edition.



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