Duma Ndlovu 'delighted' to receive second honorary doctorate

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Duma Ndlovu.
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  • Veteran playwright and TV producer and playwright Duma Ndlovu has been conferred with his second doctorate.
  • Ndlovu received a PhD (honoris causa) from the University of Zululand (Ongoye).
  • "I am delighted to receive this honorary doctorate", he said.


Veteran playwright and TV producer and playwright Duma Ndlovu has been conferred with his second honorary doctorate.

On Monday, Ndlovu received a PhD (honoris causa) from the University of Zululand (Ongoye).

"I am delighted to receive this honorary doctorate. It's a huge honour for me," said Ndlovu in a statement.

"I want to extend my sincere thanks to the university. It is humbling to see one's work being acknowledged in this way, and God has been good," said Ndlovu.

The degree was awarded by the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ndlovu said he was elated as this was the second such honour after the University of Venda bestowed an honorary PhD in English a few years ago.

Duma Ndlovu receives an honorary doctorate from th
Duma Ndlovu receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Zululand.

Ndlovu is one of the most accomplished producers, directors and playwrights with multi-award-winning work and international recognition. 

Incidentally, United States Congressman, Charles Rangel, declared 9 May Duma Ndlovu Day in Harlem in 2016 when Ndlovu travelled to the United States for the honour.

9 May has proved to be a lucky day this time around; he was honoured with another PhD by Ongoye University.

One of his long-running television programs, Muvhango, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on SABC-2 this year, marking it only the second longest-running soapie after Generations. His work spans various platforms, including politics, television, theatre, and music.

"Today, I join an august list of personalities who have been singled out by this institution for outstanding contributions to the collective [sectors] of this nation. Ladies and gentlemen, this august list includes the late icon and first president of the democratic South Africa Nelson Mandela. It includes the late iSilo samabandla onke, the late King Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu. It includes the former president, Jacob Zuma… I am in excellent company," said Ndlovu in his speech during the ceremony.

Ndlovu is the producer of TV shows such as Uzalo on SABC 1, and Imbewu on e.tv. 

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