One of the country’s top composers‚ Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo‚ and internationally-renowned civil engineer Sir Jack Zunz are to receive honorary doctorates from the University of the Witwatersrand this week.

Over 1‚900 students will graduate at Wits University in seven ceremonies that will be held between Tuesday and Friday. At the graduation ceremonies‚ Prof Khumalo will receive an honorary doctorate in music and Sir Jack an honorary doctorate in the science of engineering.

“Prof Khumalo is a colossal figure in South Africa’s academic‚ cultural and public landscape‚ effortlessly moving across the spheres of scholarship‚ cultural production and social life. He is currently Emeritus Professor at Wits after a long academic career where he was acknowledged as an authority in African Languages and Literature. He is also known as for being a prominent folksong arranger‚ choral composer and choir director‚” the university said on Monday.

Sir Jack graduated in Civil Engineering from Wits in 1948. He is perhaps best known for leading the team that solved the engineering challenges on the Sydney Opera House’s now an iconic roof structure‚ the university added.

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