UNISA will on Friday confer an honorary doctorate of Philosophy in Theology [Honoris Causa] on St. Engenas Zion Christian Church leader Bishop Engenas Joseph Lekganyane.

The event will take place during a graduation ceremony at the Unisa Muckleneuck Campus in Pretoria, Gauteng.

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The University decided to honour the spiritual head of the St. Engenas Zion Christian Church of Moria during its council meeting on 29 June 2023.

This is in recognition of his outstanding achievements and globally impactful societal contributions to peace, social cohesion, and social capital. As well as successful and resilient African-initiated institutions in the 21st Century.

This includes the primacy of peace as a principle and value for human interaction and spirituality. The foregrounding of African-conscious theology and philosophy. Anchoring the moral fibre of society in our world today.

 Promotion of social cohesion, social capital and social justice and capacity to build and rebuild large, complex and resilient institutions.

  Unisa to confer Bishop Engenas Joseph Lekganyane with an Honorary doctorate
President Cyril Ramaphosa with Bishop Engenas Joseph Lekganyane

UNISA TO CONFER BISHOP ENGENAS JOSEPH LEKGANYANE WITH HONORARY DOCTORATE

Chancellor of Unisa, former President Dr Thabo Mbeki will preside over the ceremony. The Principal and Vice Chancellor of Unisa, Professor Puleng LenkaBula will deliver the keynote address.

Amongst the dignitaries attending the graduation ceremony will be the South Africa Deputy President Paul Mashatile, the Premier of Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi and former Premier of Gauteng David Makhura.  

Bishop Engenas Joseph Lekganyane was installed as the Spiritual Leader and Bishop of the St. Engenas Zion Christian Church in 1975. He has also become the custodian of the values and norms of the church as laid down by his predecessors.

The Church was founded in 1924 by Bishop Engenas B. Lekganyane, the grandfather of Bishop Engenas Joseph Lekganyane.

When the Founder of the Church passed on, He was succeeded by His Son, Engenas Joseph Lekganyane, the father of Engenas Joseph Lekganyane in 1949.

The long-awaited book launch of the Culture and Liberation struggle in South Africa: from colonialism and post-apartheid took place at the Unisa Library, Polokwane Campus on Tuesday 21 March. 

The 33-chapter book is authored by more than 20 activists from different spheres of life. It is edited by Dr Lebogang Lance Nawa with also over 600 pages. The launch was attended by some senior government officials including Limpopo provincial government  Director-General, Nape Nchabeleng, Unisa students and also members of various book clubs. 

The book Culture and Liberation struggle in South Africa: from colonialism and post-apartheid
The book Culture and Liberation struggle in South Africa: from colonialism and post-apartheid

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“The concept of the book took almost 20 years to work around. Do your research on the depth that you see in academia and so on,” said Nawa.

“It also took two years to assemble the chapters from the authors. It became a resounding success to the point where we had to do volume two. 

People came in numbers for theCulture and Liberation struggle in South Africa: from colonialism and post-apartheid book launch
People came in numbers for the Culture and Liberation struggle in South Africa: from colonialism and post-apartheid book launch

“It’s a whole inter generation of writers. The book says Culture and Liberation struggle so from colonialism to post-apartheid in the words of Mama Leta Mbulu it’s not yet Uhuru.”

CULTURE AND LIBERATION STRUGGLE IN SOUTH AFRICA: FROM COLONIALISM AND POST-APARTHEID AUTHORS

 Those who contributed to different chapters include Aubrey Sekhabi, Moses Lechuti, Thabang Chiloane, Sandile Memela. Wally Serote, Judy Seidman, Gita Pather, Vusi Mahlasela, Styles Lucas Ledwaba, Akhona Ndzuta, Ismail Mahomed, Vukile Pokwana, Obakeng Kgwasi.

Kenny Mathivha, Vonani Bila, Prof Ndwamato Mugovhani and Dr Thabang Chiloane

Ali Hlongwane, Robert Pearce, Sam Mathe, Vonanai Bila, Nakedi Ribane, Fatima Dike, Jabulani Mkhize. Kenneth Fhumulani Mathivha, Seshia Mahlabe, Cornelia Fick, Ndwamato George Mugovhani, Sandile Memela, Obbet Motaung, Motsumi Makhene.

The book is available from Nwa at R 595 and he can be contacted on 064 615 7918. Also by email: Nawaz.lance@gmail.com