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Media veteran Mathatha Tsedu awarded honorary doctorate by UWC

The South African National Editors Forum has applauded Tsedu for his achievement.

The University of Western Cape. Picture: University of Western Cape.

JOHANNESBURG - Media veteran Mathatha Tsedu was today awarded an honorary doctorate in Dphil Arts by the University of the Western Cape.

Having served as editor of the Sunday Times and The Sowetan, Tsedu is the executive director of the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef), which describes him as having served the country and continent selflessly on a number of media platflorms.

Sanef's Mpumelelo Mkhabela applauded him for his achievement, saying he represents excellence in journalism.

He also congratulated him for being a driving force in shaping policies around media freedom for the African continent.

In a 2012 interview, Mathatha described himself as "the personification of the African cliché that it takes a whole village to raise a child".

"My mother died when I was five and my father lost his job when I was in primary school. I grew up in a family that had nothing, but there were people in the community who looked after me. If there's something I can distill into a life philosophy based on this background, it is that I must always be worthy of the efforts of those who helped me."