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Zakes Mda, Marlene Dumas and Others to Receive Honorary Doctorates from UCT


The University of Cape Town (UCT) will be awarding Zakes Mda an honorary doctorate at their June graduation ceremony. Mda is considered a key figure in SA literature and commutes between South Africa and the US, where he is a professor of creative writing at Ohio University.

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Mda will be honoured alongside Public-health icon Dr David Sanders who will also recieve an honorary doctorate in June. Artist Marlene Dumas, physicist Jonathan Ellis, business executive Allan Gray, constitutional expert Nicholas Haysom, and Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company will all receive honorary doctorates at the December graduation ceremony.

Acclaimed writer Zakes Mda has been named as the eighth public figure who will receive an honorary doctorate from UCT in 2012. Mda will be presented with an honorary doctorate in literature (DLitt) at a June graduation ceremony.

Novelist, poet, playwright, painter, composer and filmmaker, Mda was born in the Eastern Cape in 1948. He spent his early childhood in Soweto, but left the country in 1963 – when his father went into exile – at age 14, returning only after three decades in exile.

Over this period away from South Africa he would finish his first play, We Shall Sing for the Fatherland, which won the first Amstel Playwright of the Year Award in 1978.

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