Unizulu con­fers Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate upon King Good­will

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Dave Sa­vides

‘TO­DAY we pay homage to the na­ture and mag­ni­tude of his work; and his stand­ing in the com­mu­nity has el­e­vated the at­ten­tion we be­stow.’

The words of SA Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza at the con­fer­ring of an Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate in So­cial

Work upon His Majesty King Good­will Zwelithini at the Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land on Fri­day.

‘We are united in our ap­plause of his mag­nif­i­cent record of pi­o­neer­ing ef­forts and his­tory will record his so­cial and phil­an­thropic im­pacts.

‘He is a spe­cial son of the prov­ince.

‘Through his lead­er­ship of the Bayede Foun­da­tion Trust, he has im­pacted pos­i­tively for the good.

‘While most of the lin­eage of Zulu kings are en­graved in our memories for the heroic acts, he has also changed lives and the di­rec­tion of the na­tion through his phi­lan­thropy.

‘In hon­our­ing him to­day, we also honour the an­ces­tors and the brave war­riors of the past. ‘The good most peo­ple do is only re­mem­bered af­ter they have died. I salute Unizulu for its de­ci­sion to recog­nise one who is part of the story of ris­ing Africa,’ said Mabuza.

‘The King’s pas­sion for pro­mot­ing peace and unity as he in­stils the val­ues of ubuntu were praised by Pres­i­dent Man­dela.’

Mabuza enu­mer­ated sev­eral ar­eas in which King Good­will had used his in­flu­ence to bet­ter the lives of the peo­ple of KZN and the coun­try as a whole, and which formed the ba­sis for mo­ti­vat­ing the de­gree:

• The fight against HIV/Aids and TB;

• As pa­tron for ed­u­ca­tion in KZN;

• Putting fo­cus on agri­cul­tural evo­lu­tion;

• Sup­port­ing those with al­binism;

• Fight­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence;

• Pro­mot­ing in­vest­ment;

• Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of crim­i­nal


• Stim­u­lat­ing con­ser­va­tion – es­pe­cially re­lat­ing to the preser­va­tion of rhi­nos.

‘Only the ig­no­rant are not aware of how much the king has done,’ said Mabuza.

‘This de­gree is an his­toric en­dorse­ment of what hu­man ef­fort can achieve.’

Ear­lier, Unizulu Vice Chan­cel­lor, Prof Xoliswa Mtose, said the King’s award re­flected the univer­sity as a place of trans­for­ma­tion and re­shap­ing.

‘How­ever, his de­gree to­day is un­like those of the 4 147 who will grad­u­ate at 11 cer­e­monies

This de­gree is an his­toric en­dorse­ment of what hu­man ef­fort can achieve

this year. Un­like them, the King was nom­i­nated, and his Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate is the high­est ac­co­lade a univer­sity can be­stow.’

Also pour­ing praise from the podium was Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, who said: ‘Ev­ery word spo­ken to­day is true’.

‘As one who served as Chan­cel­lor of Unizulu for 21 years, I had the honour of con­fer­ring the first hon­orary de­gree upon King Zwelithini, and I am fully aware of his his­tory in up­lift­ing peo­ple – even though the amakhosi lacked the bud­get and leg­isla­tive frame­work to do enough.

‘Our King is es­pe­cially pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing peo­ple have food. He cries at the fal­low ground that could be used for farm­ing rather than peo­ple queu­ing up for so­cial grants,’ said Buthelezi.

While ac­cept­ing the honour with hu­mil­ity, King Good­will – who ad­min­is­ters the In­gonyama Trust land on which the univer­sity stands - pres­sured Unizulu to ‘de­velop African schol­ar­ships to the level of re­plac­ing western ideation’, and to ad­dress poverty prac­ti­cally rather than aca­dem­i­cally.

The univer­sity is re­port­edly in ne­go­ti­a­tions to have the prop­erty trans­ferred into its name.

Unizulu Vice Chan­cel­lor Xoliswa Mtose and Chan­cel­lor Ray­mond Zondo had plea­sure in con­fer­ring the Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate in So­cial Work to His Majesty King Good­will Zwelithini on Fri­day

Mem­bers of the tal­ented choir per­formed in royal fash­ion

Fol­low­ers salute King Good­will Zwelithini

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