David Lewis was awarded an honorary doctorate in economic science. A unionist and academic, his life's work has focused on serving to uplift the poor and marginalised, addressing social issues and broad-based economic development.
Lewis served as general secretary of the General Workers Union between 1975 and 1985, and then as national organiser of the goods transport section of the Transport and General Workers Union until 1990. He worked as an academic at UCT from 1990 to 2000, teaching and publishing with distinction.
He was a founder and director of the Development Policy Research Unit – a major research unit still in existence at UCT – and a director of the Industrial Strategy Project.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.