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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Life owes you nothing

 MOMENTOUS: Honorary Doctorate in Education recipient Marlene Le Roux with CPUT management MOMENTOUS: Honorary Doctorate in Education recipient Marlene Le Roux with CPUT management

Life owes you nothing is the mantra by which Honorary Doctorate in Education recipient Marlene Le Roux lives her life. Her capping took place this morning during the Education Faculty graduation ceremony and cheering her on from the front row was a very special guest Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Le Roux was honoured for her contribution to the performing arts, education and social transformation in South Africa. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Artscape Theatre Centre and the first woman and black person to fill this role since its inception in 1971.

Le Roux told the excited graduates that she was pleased to be honoured by CPUT because the education offered at the university was relevant and important.

“I stand here today to receive this honour from a university that focusses on vocational skills and technical training, innovative problem-solving and career directed courses with communities as end users- the kind of graduates sorely needed in our country. The doers, the engineers, the artisans, the teachers- produced right here!” 

Le Roux dedicated her honour to all persons living with disabilities especially young rural girls.

“I count myself fortunate enough to be one of the few with a disability who is gainfully employed. The motto with which I live my life is ‘Life owes you nothing’. Your attitude in life will determine how people will perceive you. Share with others your wealth and life will become simple and manageable,” she advised.

Written by Lauren Kansley

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Liaises with the media and writes press releases about interesting developments at CPUT.