Senior Manager for the City’s Heritage and Museum Services Fhatuwani Rambau was honoured with an honorary doctorate degree in Indigenous Knowledge and Public Administration on Saturday, 4 September 2021.
He was honoured during an academic graduation ceremony of traditional healers at Moses Molelekwa Art Centre.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chancellor of Mhlabuhlangene School of African Medicine Prof Sithembiso Calvin Shabalala said that Rambau was honoured for his role in reviving and restoring the culture of indigenous people.
“Dr Rambau has played a huge role in helping revitalise and preserve the culture of indigenous people. We wish he could continue with the wonderful work he is doing,” Prof Shabalala said.
Dr Rambau said, “It means a lot to me because people are beginning to notice my contribution towards deconstructing the definition of knowledge-based curriculum in favour of Recognition of Prior Learning approach, a process that enables people of all ages, backgrounds and attitudes to receive formal recognition for their skills and knowledge.”
Dr Rambau is a qualified teacher from the Venda College of Education. He holds a BA Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Cape Town, majoring in film, media and visual studies. He also acquired an honours degree in Heritage and Museum Studies from the University of Pretoria.
He joined the City of Ekurhuleni in 2007 as a heritage officer until he resigned in 2014. It was during this time he contributed immensely towards policy development on geographical names as well as Conferment Policy of the City.
Dr Rambau rejoined the City in 2018 as senior manager in Heritage and Museum Services responsible for the protection and promotion of heritage within the City. He also serves on the Gauteng Geographical Names Committee.
“Communities must be the custodian of their own culture. This can be achieved by ensuring that they bequeath cultural values and norms to the next generation. It is also important to take advantage of technology, and ensure that our culture becomes an integral part of the knowledge economy and ensure that it is preserved and promoted.”
Member of the Mayoral Committee Community Services, Cllr Nomadlozi Nkosi congratulated Dr Rambau.
“This is a sign of the cream we have in our skills disposal. We wish you all the best Dr Rambau,” MMC Nkosi said.