Minister Molewa was conferred the Honorary Doctorate during the VUT graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Thomson and Director General Nosipho Ngcaba have congratulated the Minister on her latest achievement.
“This is a wonderful tribute to the Minister’s achievements by the VUT Honorary Degrees Committee,” Deputy Minister Thomson said.
The Department of Environmental Affairs said Minister Molewa has worked tirelessly to place environmental matters at the forefront of the South African development agenda.
“Her contribution on behalf of South Africa to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, reached at the international climate change talks in France in December 2015, is immeasurable.
“She has also worked solidly to ensure that the work of the department is aligned with the National Development Plan and addresses the quadruple challenge of poverty, unemployment, inequality and sustainability – social economic and environmental,” Ngcaba said.
She said it was befitting that only days before Minister Molewa leads the South African delegation to the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17), she is honoured for her dedication, commitment and fervour.