Three scholars with UCT ties were awarded national orders by President Jacob Zuma in April. Former staffer Professor Apollon Davidson was awarded the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo: Silver for his contribution to the struggle against apartheid and in the development of a democratic South Africa. Davidson was head of UCT's Centre for Russian Studies until 2001. Professor Christopher Dugard received the Order of the Baobab: Gold for his "immense" work and achievements in the field of law, especially in human rights and international law. Dugard received an honorary doctorate of law from UCT in 1996. Professor Barry Schoub, who couldn't attend, was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe: Silver for his contributions to the study of infectious diseases and science in South Africa and abroad. Schoub is a visiting lecturer at UCT's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine.
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