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SA’s First Black Chartered Accountant Wiseman Nkuhlu Awarded Honourary Doctorate

Wiseman NkuhluWiseman Nkuhlu, South Africa’s first black chartered accountant and subject of Wiseman Nkuhlu: A Life of Purpose by Luvuyo Wotshela, recently had an honourary doctorate conferred upon him by the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Unisa commended Nkuhlu for his significant academic and professional achievements, and for his dedication to developing human capacity. Because of “his instinctive leadership ability and growing reputation as a man of exceptional wisdom”, Nkuhlu has played an important role in development in South Africa in his capacity as economic advisor to the president, and at various commercial and academic institutions.

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Unisa shared a picture of Nkuhlu at the conferment ceremony on their Facebook page:

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Nkuhlu was‚ a Unisa statement said‚ the “first black South African chartered accountant‚ pathfinder and role-model to many aspirant black CAs”.

“Unisa acknowledges that the conferment of this honorary degree is a fitting affirmation of Professor Nkuhlu’s sterling role and immense contribution as a nation builder‚ a natural scholar and seasoned academic‚ an intuitive leader with deep-rooted values and a wise man investing his wisdom in changing people‚ institutions‚ South Africa and Africa‚” the statement said.

According to a biography on the Presidency website – posted when Nkuhlu received The Order of the Baobab in Silver – Nkuhlu completed a BCom degree in 1967 at the University of Fort Hare and in 1976 qualified as the first black CA in South Africa.

Nkuhlu‚ the biography said‚ “played an important role in the area of socioeconomic development in South Africa”.

Source: RDM News Wire

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