Honorary Doctorates
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has conferred a total of 41 Honorary Degrees upon outstanding and well known individuals for their renowned contribution to society.

The degree of honoris causa is awarded in two categories:

  • Category 1 – Distinguished services in the advancement of one or more of the branches of learning recognised by the University, and
  • Category 2 – A personal record of distinguished service and/or achievement in some other field of endeavour (e.g. the advancement of democracy and social justice, social service, community leadership, economic enterprise, public affairs, philanthropy, the performing and creative arts) which is deemed appropriate for the University to recognise. According to approved procedure, recommendations for conferral of honorary degrees are made by the Honorary Degrees Committee to Senate.
  • Kumi Naidoo
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Biography
  • Patricia Horn
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Biography
  • Vasudevan Gounden
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Biography
  • Fee Halsted Berning
  • Doctor of Literature (honoris causa)
  • Biography
  • Philip Tabane
  • Doctor of Music (honoris causa)
  • Biography
  • Andrew Kirkwood Muir
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Biography
  • Malcolm Christian
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Biography
  • Pieter-Dirk Uys
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Biography
  • Ela Gandhi
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Ranjith Kally
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Jonathan Paul Clegg
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Hugh Paul Africa (posthumous)
  • Doctor of Education
  • Daisaku Ikeda
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Thudiso Virginia Gcabashe
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka Mhinga (left)
  • Doctor of Music
  • Zuleikha Mayat
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Mahmood Mamdani
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Busisiwe Victoria Mhlongo (posthumous)
  • Doctor of Music
  • Lewis Nkosi (posthumous)
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala
  • Doctor of Music
  • Jesse Louis Jackson
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Shelagh O’Byrne Spencer
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Thamsanqa Wilkinson Kambule (posthumous)
  • Doctor of Education
  • Billy Nair (posthumous)
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Deuteronomy Bhekinkosi Ntuli
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Deborah Budlender
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Gerald Patrick Kearney
  • Doctor of Theology
  • Sibusiso Mandlenkosi Emmanuel Bengu
  • Doctor of Education
  • David Rattray (Posthumous)
  • Doctor of Social Science
  • Sri Swami Sahajananda (posthumous)
  • Doctor of Theology
  • Alan Michael Lapsley
  • Doctor of Theology
  • Lena Dominelli
  • Doctor of Social Science

Contact Webmaster | View the Promotion of Access to Information Act | View our Privacy Policy
© University of KwaZulu-Natal: All Rights Reserved