The MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit heartily congratulates Ngoni Ngwarai who received an Exceptional Service Award for 2021 at the Faculty of Health Sciences Annual Honours Celebration held on Tuesday, 1 February 2022. His award was accompanied by this motivation:
Ngoni has been Head of Research Operations at the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), a productive and internationally recognized research entity within the School of Public Health, since 2009. Despite major responsibilities and high workload, he obtained a Master of Management in Public and Development Management degree from Wits University in 2016, and actively participates in professional bodies including the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association and the institute of Risk Management South Africa.
Over the 12 years that Ngoni has been employed within the Unit, his portfolio of work has grown significantly in volume and complexity. He has taken on substantial additional roles that include oversight of the construction of a new Data and Analytics building and leadership during Covid-19. He has had to assume increased overall on-site responsibility as other senior managers have moved their primary base from Bushbuckridge to Johannesburg. He has risen to these challenges, never complained, and always worked to an exceptionally high standard.
Beyond the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit itself, Ngoni sits on the School of Public Health’s Transformation Committee, is the Occupational Health and Safety representative for the University in Bushbuckridge, and has represented the School on the Faculty PPE Committee.
Ngoni’s work ethic and dedication brings “service’ to new levels. He identifies strongly with the strategic goals of the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit, the School of Public Health, Faculty and University.
Congratulations Ngoni, this honour is well earned!