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.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.