Bobby Peek, Director of groundWork, receives Honorary Doctorate

16th of April 2014 - Bobby Peek, Director of groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa) today received an Honorary Doctorate from the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Chairperson of groundWork’s Board of Trustees, Joy Kistnasamy, explains why he is so richly deserving of the prestigious award.

At a local, national and international level, he has shown outstanding leadership, ethical administrative and socially responsive skills in bringing to the fore, environmental justice challenges and its associated public health impacts. Further, together with groundWork, he has valiantly sought to find feasible solutions to these challenges. I have constantly witnessed his untiringly passionate and compassionate endeavours to empower affected people, unite impacted communities and proactively engage with academia, industry, the media, NGOs and various governments at many levels, inclusive of Parliament.

Under his able leadership, groundWork has interacted with academic departments of many national and international universities in order to help staff and students obtain a better, more holistic understanding of real world dynamics and how best to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical-on-the-ground situations, in the midst of various social, political and financial constraints. These interactions have in turn, produced community engagement projects, research outputs and technical reports which were presented to various stakeholders and at numerous fora.

Therefore, the embodied ideals of the DUT’s Faculty of Health Sciences Vision and Mission Statements, and core Faculty goals were met par excellence by Bobby and are inclusive of but not limited to the following:

  • ensuring the offering of leadership skills;
  • developing community based projects to foster social responsibility through collaborative practices; and
  • developing applied research to community needs.

On behalf of the groundWork Trustees, groundWork staff and empowered communities worldwide who have had the pleasure of working with such an energetic, dynamic and consummate professional, the Environmental Justice world salutes you!