Thohoyandou – The Tshivhase Dynasty under the leadership of His Majesty Mailausumbwa MPK Tshivhase will be honouring four distinguished scholars, namely: (a) Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice- Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg. Marwala was recently appointed the Rector of the United Nations University and will resume his responsibilities in 2023 based in Tokyo, Japan. Before his departure, the people of South Africa through the Tshivhase Development Foundation Trust would like to bid him farewell and most importantly recognise his contribution to society with specific reference to his efforts on the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Marwala will be honoured amongst, (b) Prof Mashudu Tshifularo, a South African scholar and Otolaryngologist. Tshifularo led the first team in the world to use 3D-printed bones for reconstructive middle ear implants in 2019 at the University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Throughout his career, he has also contributed to the body of knowledge by publishing books.

The event will also see the recognition of (c) Dr Bernard Nthambeleni, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda. The much-anticipated event will also honour the first black female Paediatric Oncologist in South Africa (d) Dr Vhutshilo Netshituni-Loff. Netshituni-Loff is an experienced healthcare practitioner who qualified first as a Paediatrician in 2014 and then as a Paediatric Oncologist in 2016. She subsequently commenced duty at the Paediatric Oncology Unit of Pietersburg Tertiary Hospital in Polokwane. She is currently the Head of Clinical Unit of Paediatric Oncology, the only paediatric oncology unit in the Limpopo Province – providing the much- needed skills. She also runs a multifaceted paediatric private practice with a wide range of paediatric services.

The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 26 November 2022 at 10h00 at the University of Venda Auditorium, Thohoyandou in the Limpopo Province. Dr Nthambeleni is an accomplished and successful executive manager with more than 24 years of experience in the National System of Innovation landscape of South Africa. Amongst his key contribution to society, he has been providing overall strategic and operational leadership relating to research management and administration, teaching, and learning, managing and leading research capacity programmes and managing the National Research Foundation’s granting instruments, managing international research and development initiatives.

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