On Wednesday 12 April, the University awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Pieter Groenewald, former Head of the Department of African Languages.
Professor Groenewald served on various HSRC committees and also acted as an examiner of applications for study bursaries and awards for attending congresses overseas. From 1973 to 1976, he acted as an advisor for radio and TV (Sotho Service) at the SABC and also acted as an adjudicator of radio and TV programmes (Sotho Service). JL van Schaik and the JMB also used Professor Groenewald's services as an advisor. He has been a member of the Sepedi Language Board since 1976 and also serves on various committees of the Board.