Hard work definitely does pay off. Legends in both fashion and art were honoured as fashion designer David Tlale, musician Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and self-taught artist Esther ‘Nostokana’ Mahlangu were conferred honorary doctorates by the Tshwane University of Technology.
Seasoned designer David was awarded the degree of Doctor of Arts and Design (Honoris Causa) in the Faculty of Arts and Design for putting South Africa at the forefront of fashion, and for serving as an inspiration to young creatives studying in this cut-throat industry.
Speaking at the award ceremony that was held at the Pretoria campus David dedicated the degree to his late mother Joyce who always made sure that him and his siblings looked presentable despite the little she had.
“Never underestimate small beginnings. Humble beginnings have a tendency of leading to greatness,” he said.
While internationally acclaimed painter Esther was awarded the degree of Doctor of Arts and Design (Honoris Causa) in the Faculty of Arts and Design in recognition of capturing the imagination of the world with her unique Ndebele art, and for her tireless efforts to ensure that this art form, with its rich history, is preserved for future generation.
Speaking in her mother tongue, Esther said that she’s grateful for the accolade.
This is not the first honorary degree that has been bestowed to Esther Mahlangu.
The 86-year-old who’s referred to as the matriarch of contemporary Ndebele art has also been honoured by they University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) for her immense contribution in the arts sector.
In absentia the University also conferred the Degree of Doctor of Performing Arts (Honoris Causa) in the Faculty of Arts and Design to Yvonne Chaka Chaka in recognition of her contribution to the South African entertainment industry for several decades, and for using her celebrity status in aid of humanity.
This is not Yvonne first honorary doctorate, earlier this year she was bestowed with an Doctors of Law (LLD) by Rhodes University.
An honorary doctorate is a degree that pays tribute to those whose life and work exemplify professional, intellectual, or artistic achievement. It recognizes and appreciates those who have made significant contributions to society, the state, and the University.