By: Poelano Malema
South African businesswoman, Shauwn Mkhize, has received an honourary doctorate.
Mkhize was honoured by the Good Shepherd College of Religion, Culture and Training over the weekend.
The event took place in KwaZulu-Natal and was attended by hundreds of people.
She was honoured for the philanthropic programmes she has done to improve the socio-economic conditions of women and children in the rural province.
“Her very strong belief in the God Almighty and her unwavering compassion for impoverished communities led us, as an institution, to consider her as the most relevant person to receive our honorary doctorate degree. We are extremely proud of the woman she is and the work she continues to deliver,” Professor GAS Mhlongo, founder, deputy chancellor and rector of the college told Sunday World.
Mkhize said she was grateful to be honoured while she was still alive.
She was accompanied by her sister, Dr Nozipho Mkhize Ngubo, who has a PhD degree.
“Dear Mama and Papa. Here we are…your daughters are both doctors. I hope you and dad are watching over this moment and you are beyond proud. Thank you Lord for this day and thank you to oKhabazela ka Mavovo kayihlandla. It’s moments like this that I cherish from the bottom of my heart , being celebrated and acknowledged whilst I’m still alive. It’s official you can now address me as Dr President Shauwn Mkhize,” she wrote on Instagram.
Mkhize’s family threw her a party to celebrate.
“Last night my family and friends put together a spectacular celebratory dinner for me. I’m so grateful for them, the immense love they showered me last night was so heartwarming. The greatest gift you can ever give somebody is showing up for them and boy, oh boy did they show up for me. Thank you to each and every person that made my day super special,” she wrote on Instagram.
See the celebration below.
Image courtesy of Instagram/ @ kwa_mamkhize