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Univen honours Cyril Ramaphosa

News - Date: 29 March 2002

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Well-known public figure Cyril Ramaphosa is to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Administration from the University of the North (Unin) next month.

Unin's Prof Abram Mawasha said this week that the doctorate had been awarded in recognition of Ramaphosa's role in the business world. The ceremony will be held on Saturday 13 April, 2002, in the Great Tiro Hall.

Ramaphosa, a former student of the university, who became a leading trade unionist after graduating, is best-known for his skills as a negotiator during the political transition to a fully democratic system in South Africa, and his contribution towards the drafting of the country's present constitution.

Since leaving the political arena seven years ago, Ramaphosa has made his mark in the business world, where his skills have been particularly effective in promoting black empowerment ventures. He is currently Executive Chairman of both Rebserve Ltd and Johnnic Holdings.

Frank Chikane, Pandelani Nefolovhodwe and Onkgopotso Tiro were among Ramaphosa's contemporaries while he was a student at Unin. He joins a list of outstanding achievers, such as Deputy President Jacob Zuma, writer Es'kia Mphahlele, clergyman Beyers Naude, statesman Kenneth Kaunda and Judge Bernard Ngoepe, who all received honorary degrees from the university.

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