Deserving Or Not, Ramaphosa Will Be Awarded Honorary Doctorate


Reports from government says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will bag a Honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) award at the University of Venda on Friday.

As learnt, the University of Venda today, related that the Deputy President will be awarded the Honorary Doctorate by its Chancellor, Kgalema Motlanthe, during a graduation ceremony come Friday.

Confirming this, University spokesperson Takalani Dzaga added that former MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture in Limpopo and Member of Parliament, Joe Maswanganyi, will also graduate from his Masters in Political Science.

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“Maswanganyi’s research title is ‘Tourism’s Contribution to the Limpopo Province’s Economic Growth and Development: A critical Analysis’. This demonstrates that the university is effectively implementing its objective of creating future leaders,” Dzaga stated.

BuzzSoutAfrica gathered that a total of 450 certificates, diplomas and degrees will be awarded to deserving students.

According to the University, these students “achieved high levels of academic excellence in the fields of law, human and social sciences, mathematical and natural sciences, health sciences, environmental sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences and management sciences.”

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Connie September, has welcomed the waiver on fee increases for poor students and the missing middle.

“…of particular interest to the committee is how the missing middle has been accommodated in the fee structure. Now more students are exempted from fee increases. We share the sentiment that students who can afford to pay should do so, because government cannot subsidise everyone,” September stated.

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With that, she informed that the Presidential Fees Commission is still in progress and encouraged students to make submissions.

She said “recommendations from that process will have a long-lasting impact on the funding models for the sector.”

September also called on university management, students and other stakeholders to continue with engagements saying the nation needs stabilization in higher education and training.