MKHWANAZI RECEIVES HIS DOCTORATE
By: Andile Nxumalo
Founding President of the Black Management Forum, Donald Mkhwanazi, was awarded a Doctorate by the Durban University of Technology at Spring Graduation on Wednesday.
His doctorate was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa.
Famous for being active in initiatives aimed at uplifting and empowering downtrodden communities, Mkhwanazi said he is very honoured and privileged to receive the doctorate.
In his address, he challenged the Chancellor Judge Vuka Shabalala to look upon the issue of students dropping out from their first year because of lack of funding.
“Countries like Brazil, South Korea and China have more universities than South Africa, yet they provide free education. Our country needs to look at this and make some change. Students’ education should be free in their early stages and maybe pay for post graduate courses,” he said.
DUT’s Vice Chancellor Professor Ahmed Bawa, also took to the podium confirming that the institution aims to produce graduates that are competitive, and can carry the flag of DUT wherever they get employed.
He encouraged those who were graduating to give back to the University and also gave thanks to lecturers who made sure that all the students reached this stage.
“We stand on the shoulders of giants, we hope these giants will make the best of this opportunity and make DUT proud about their achievements in the work place,” said Bawa.
Graduates were accompanied by their close friends and relatives who were there from the beginning of their journey.