Dr Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
As she was travelling at the time, the University arranged a small celebration with her family and friends on 13 February 2023.
The Executive Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Design, Professor Nalini Moodley-Diar, described TUT’s conferring of an honorary doctorate of Performing Arts (Honoris Causa) as a fitting honour for one of the most celebrated South African musicians. “Her work, exemplifies artistic excellence of the highest order”, said Professor Nalini Moodley-Diar.
Born and bred in Soweto, Dr Yvonne Machaka is one of the musicians who provided the soundtrack to the South African struggle against Apartheid. She is the epitome of strength and resilience.
In her acceptance speech, Dr Machaka said: “I am truly humbled to be associated with such a great institution. I look forward to a life-long partnership with my newest alma mater, the Tshwane University of Technology.
In his opening remarks Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, said: “Excellence always attracts excellence. In the way that she has executed her trade, Dr Yvonne Machaka has carried out her musical and humanitarian and ambassadorial activities with elegance, compassion and excellence. The Senate and Council of the Tshwane University of Technology has no doubt whatsoever that Dr Yvonne Machaka deserves this honour”.