CUT honours well-known writer

2015-04-30 17:01

PROFESSOR ZAKES MDA was recently honoured with an honorary Technology doctorate in Language Practice by the Faculty of Humanities of the Central University of Technology (CUT) for his contribution to contemporary literature and creative writing.

Born in 1948 in Herschel in the Eastern Cape, Mda completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

An internationally acclaimed novelist, poet and playwright, Mda is also full professor in creative writing at the Ohio University in America.

His books have been translated into 21 languages.

Most notable of these are: We Shall Sing for the Fatherland (1979), The Hill (1980), Ways of Dying (1995), Melville 67 (1998), The Heart of Redness (2000), The Madonna of Excelsior (2002) and Black Diamond (2009).

His anthology of four plays titled The plays of Zakes Mda has been translated into nine official languages of South Africa, which demonstrates the relevance and popularity of his works.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony last Wednesday (18/03), Mda said: “I must express my gratitude for this honour you have bestowed on me today.

“I pass my congratulations to all graduates who are reaping the rewards of dedication, devotion and hard work.

“You are graduates of an institution that boasts of unique achievements in our democratic South Africa.

“This university prides itself on being a ‘CUT’ above the rest with 44% enrolment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“The crowning glory of this university is that women have come to excel in fields that have previously been dominated by men,” he said

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