Zulu king to receive honorary doctorate in recognition of efforts to combat social ills

Zulu king to receive honorary doctorate in recognition of efforts to combat social ills

- King Goodwill Zwelithini will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Zululand

- The university said it would be bestowing a doctorate in social work on him to acknowledge his leadership and his contribution to combating social ills.

- King Zwelithini is the chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust, which administers the land, material and social-welfare of the Zulu nation

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The Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Zululand next month. The university said it would be bestowing a doctorate in social work on the king to acknowledge his leadership and contribution to combating social ills.

“We are beyond delighted to be recognising his Royal Highness for his humanitarian endeavours‚” said the university’s vice-chancellor‚ Professor Xoliswa Mtose.

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One of the king’s social welfare and revitalisation projects is the Ingonyama Trust, which he is the chairperson of. The trust is a corporate entity which administers the land traditionally owned by the king for the benefit, material welfare and social well-being of the Zulu nation.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the king has revived various Zulu traditions such as Umhlanga, the colourful and symbolic reed dance ceremony, which promotes moral awareness HIV/Aids education among Zulu women.

He is also the founder of Bayethe Trust, which was formed in 2006.The trust is primarily focused on interventions on the impact of HIV/AIDS throughout the province.

Bayethe Trust CEO Rhana Naicker said the king was honoured by the recognition from the university.

“His Majesty is very humbled to accept this honorary doctorate because it is important to maintain the strong links with this knowledge hub. We have high expectations of the university to contribute to the education of our people and to advance research and innovation in ways that will support our aspirations and benefit our communities‚” Naicker said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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