Dr Sooliman Receives Honorary Doctorate For His Charity Work
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) awarded Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of Gift of the Givers, an honorary doctorate this week for his decades of charity work.
UWC grants the awards to those who have “exemplified creativity, scholarship, selflessness and the courage of their convictions to make a difference in society” in 2021 and 2022, according to reports.
Alongside Dr Sooliman, the ceremony on Wednesday, 30 November, honoured several other noteworthy South Africans who have made an impact on their country; including Dr Allan Boesak (theologian, author and political activist) and Professor Zoë Wicomb (author and academic).
Ghanian Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah – who is internationally recognised as an Africanist thinker, author, sociology professor, and founder of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society – was also awarded an honorary doctorate for his extraordinary achievements.
The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu was also remembered for his 25 years of service as Chancellor of the university. Previous award recipients include icons such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Trevor Manuel and Zackie Achmat.
Gift of the Givers have just celebrated their 30th “birthday” earlier this year. The non-governmental organisation provides disaster relief, hunger alleviation, water provision, healthcare, education and humanitarian aid wherever it can.
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