The Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosted a celebratory gala dinner at the Southern Sun Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg last Thursday, 26 April 2018 to honor its honorary doctorate recipient, Dr Andrew Mlangeni.
Speaking during the dinner, Dr Mlangeni expressed his sincere gratitude for the honour that was bestowed on him by the University. “I see this as a huge achievement because in the past the apartheid regime did not recognize some of the efforts or achievements by black leaders, it is only now that our educational institutions are breaking away from what the National Party used to do. They are now getting to recognize the contribution made by some of us. We are really thankful for that, thank you DUT for recognizing those who came before me and saying Mlangeni you have made a contribution, we are where we are today partly because of your contribution, and that makes me feel very happy,” said Dr Mlangeni.
DUT Council Chairperson, Wiseman Madinane said the DUT community is honoured to have a rare opportunity to honour a living legend in the struggle for the liberation of our country. “Your immense contribution to our society renders this award but a small token of appreciation for your sacrifice and commitment to our country and fellow countrymen. Your role in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa cost you 26 years of your precious life, spending most of that time in prison after the Rivonia Trial was concluded. This makes it a supreme honour for DUT to award this honorary doctorate to the true son of the soil such as yourself. DUT prides itself in recognition of worth recipients of the honorary doctorate, and we are proud to refer to you as one of our own. We are deeply humbled by your acceptance of this award, “said Madinane.
KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo who was one of the dignitaries who attended this dinner, applauded DUT for the honour it has conferred on Dr Mlangeni, and also expressed his appreciation for the remarkable role that was played by Dr Mlangeni in the liberation of our country.
“When I received this invitation I did not hesitate to come here because of the immense contribution of Baba Mlangeni. I did not hesitate to come and see you in person, I have seen you in many places, but today is a special day because I get to share a table with you. It is a great honour and privilege for me to share a table with uBaba uMlangeni, someone who is very dearest to us,” said Dr Dhlomo.
Pictured: Dr Andrew Mlangeni receives a token of appreciation from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Chancellor, Ms Nonkululeko Nyembezi and they are flanked by DUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Thandwa Mthembu (far left) and DUT Council Chairperson, Mr Wiseman Madinane (far right) during the gala dinner hosted by DUT at the Southern Sun Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg on 26 April 2018.