The late Taliep Petersen received an honorary doctorate in literature.
He studied at the Fitznell School of Music in the United Kingdom. He joined forces with David Kramer in 1986 when they wrote their first musical, District Six. This was followed by Fairyland, which ran for three years. Kat and the Kings was their big international success, which was performed for 10 years, including a run on the West End and Broadway.
A family member of Petersen accepted the degree on his behalf.
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