Doctorate for Artscape CEO

2017-04-11 06:01
Honorary Doctorate in Education recipient Marlene le Roux with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Honorary Doctorate in Education recipient Marlene le Roux with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Life owes you nothing, is the mantra by which Honorary Doctorate in Education recipient Marlene le Roux lives her life.

Le Roux was recently awarded this honour by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

She was honoured for her contribution to the performing arts, education and social transformation in South Africa.

Le Roux is chief executive officer of the Artscape Theatre Centre and the first woman and black person to fill this role since its inception in 1971.

Le Roux told the excited graduates that she was pleased to be honoured by CPUT because the education offered at the university is relevant and important.

“I stand here today to receive this honour from a university that focuses on vocational skills and technical training, innovative problem-solving and career-directed courses with communities as end users – the kind of graduates sorely needed in our country.

“ The doers, the engineers, the artisans, the teachers – produced right here”.

Le Roux dedicated her honour to all persons living with disabilities, especially young rural girls.

“I count myself fortunate enough to be one of the few with a disability who is gainfully employed. The motto with which I live my life is ‘Life owes you nothing’. Your attitude in life will determine how people will perceive you. Share with others your wealth, and life will become simple and manageable,” she advised.

Then, speaking directly to Archbishop Tutu, who was also in the audience, she thanked him for his presence at the event.

“Tata Arch, you made my day! In fact, you made all of our day. You are our spiritual leader who keeps the world accountable,” she said.

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