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DUT: Top honour for political activist and late scientist

DUT: Top honour for political activist and late scientist

DUT: TOP HONOUR FOR POLITICAL ACTIVIST AND LATE SCIENTIST

Media statement by Ms Nomonde Mbadi, Executive Director: Corporate Affairs

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) will confer its first Honorary Doctors’ Degree during this year’s ceremonies. The one recipient is Mrs Phyllis Naidoo, a liberation struggle activist and the other is Dr Edgar da Silva, a scientist renowned for his work in microbiology and biotechnology, especially in disadvantaged communities.

Mrs Phyllis Naidoo will receive an Honorary Doctor’s Degree in Technology: Public Administration in recognition of her contribution to the liberation struggle. She will receive this award on 18 June at 10h30 AM in Fred Crookes Sport Center, Steve Biko campus.

Dr Edgar J. da Silva will be posthumously awarded an Honorary Doctor’s Degree in Technology: Biotechnology in recognition of his outstanding work in the promotion of the applications of microbiology and biotechnology especially in disadvantaged communities worldwide. Dr da Silva passed away at his family home in Mumbai on 28 October 2007, shortly before the University Council approved of this award. His sister Ms Vilma da Silva will receive the posthumous award on his behalf. This will be awarded on 20 June at 2h30 PM in the Fred Crookes Sport Center, Steve Biko campus.

For more information contact Mrs Phyllis Naidoo, only available after 10h00 in the morning: 031 201 3744. Ms Vilma da Silva is presently in Mumbai and will be in Durban on 14 June

Bhekani Dlamini
Media Officer
Durban University of Technology
Division of Corporate Affairs
031 373 2845