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Magona, Yvonne Chaka Chaka honoured by Rhodes University


Two of South Africa's leading cultural icons, acclaimed author Dr Sindiwe Magona and multi-talented performer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka, will receive Honorary Doctorates from Rhodes University at its 114th graduation from 5-7 April.

Other honorees include Prof Peter Mtuze, Dr Andrew Mlangeni, Professor Vishnu Padayachee and Judge Dikgang Moseneke.

Dr Sindiwe Magona, is a world-renowned author, poet, playwright, storyteller, activist, language ambassador and inspirational speaker who worked her way up from being a domestic worker. She is the official biographer of Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane and is currently working on abridged versions of multi-lingual books on struggle stalwarts, Walter and Albertina Sisulu. She will be conferred with a Doctor of Letters doctorate.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka was chosen by Former President Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his Children’s Fund and ambassador for the 46664 campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids. She also serves as a UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and was named one of the Top 100 Heroes of South Africa by The Star Newspaper. Prior to her involvement in humanitarian work, Ms Chaka Chaka had a musical career spanning three decades. Dubbed the Princess of Africa, she is one of the first South African artists to break through to the international stage. She will receive a Doctor of Laws degree.

“It is a privilege for us as the Rhodes University community to honour such outstanding citizens for their many and significant contributions," said Rhodes Vice-Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela.

"We warmly congratulate them for their notable achievements. Not only have they made it their life’s work to enrich the lives of others, they are also excellent role models to us all."

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