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Secretary General of Commonwealth at UCT
18 January 2007 | Story by Newsroom
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon, addressed the graduating ceremony of UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences on Monday, December 11. McKinnon hailed UCT as one of the great names in South African education, rating the Faculty of Health Sciences highly. McKinnon reminded the audience that this year's school leavers are the first to have spent their entire school careers in a free and democratic South Africa. He also said that the achievements in South African education over the past 12 years are nothing short of heroic. "Your achievements are exceptional," he told graduands. McKinnon, 63, was born in London - he's the son of a former New Zealand army chief - and educated in the US and his home country. The New Zealander's political career has spanned more than two decades and has seen him nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988. He was elected to Secretary General of the Commonwealth in 1999. McKinnon previously served as his country's foreign minister and deputy prime minister.