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TUT celebrates Dr Chaka Chaka’s Honorary Doctorate



The Princess of Africa, Dr Yvonne Machaka, commonly known as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, was awarded a Doctor of Performing Arts (Honoris Causa) at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) last year during the Spring Graduations. In addition to Dr Esther Mahlangu, a celebrated artist, Dr David Tlale, a celebrated fashion designer, and Dr Michael Nkuna, one of South Africa’s most influential businesspeople, she was honoured with other leading figures.

TUT celebrates Dr Chaka Chaka’s Honorary Doctorate

As Her family and friends were invited to a small celebration at the University on 13 February 2023 while she was traveling.

TUT celebrates Dr Chaka Chaka’s Honorary Doctorate

Professor Nalini Moodley-Diar, executive dean in TUT’s Faculty of Arts and Design, described the awarding of an honorary doctorate in Performing Arts (Honoris Causa) to one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians as a fitting honour. “Professor Nalini Moodley-Diar’s work is the epitome of artistic excellence”, she said.

Yvonne Machaka is a musician who contributed to the South African struggle against apartheid. She was born and bred in Soweto. Strong and resilient, she is a role model for us all.

The doctor expressed her humility at being part of such an illustrious institution in her acceptance speech: “I am truly humbled.”. It is an honor to be associated with the Tshwane University of Technology, my newest alma mater. TUT celebrates

As Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tinyiko Maluleke said, “Excellence always attracts excellence.”. Aside from her musical and humanitarian activities, Dr Yvonne Machaka has performed these activities with elegance, compassion and excellence in the manner in which she has performed them. Dr Yvonne Machaka is without a doubt one of the most talented women at Tshwane University of Technology, according to the Senate and Council. TUT celebrates

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