Unizulu confers Honorary Doctorate upon King Goodwill
‘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