First Lady gets US honorary doctorate

2014-05-11 20:26

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Cape Town - First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma on Sunday received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina during the university’s commencement ceremony.

Shaw University, which was founded in 1865, is the oldest historically black university in the southern US.

Ngema-Zuma was honoured for "her service to South Africa and the global population especially in the field of healthcare".

Additionally, she was heralded as a "healthcare trailblazer, visionary and global leader".

Ngema-Zuma, addressing more than 300 students, discussed the importance of increasing healthcare access to not only South Africans, but to all Africans, particularly in the area of diabetes.

She cited the pandemic numbers of South Africans currently living with diabetes and encouraged the graduates to use their education to solve healthcare issues worldwide.
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