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Motion on Minister Pandor Honoured by Leiden University

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

1) welcomes the recognition and inauguration of Minister Naledi Pandor by the Netherland's Leiden University as an honorary Oort Visiting Professor of Astronomy for Development, on Monday 26 February 2018;
2) notes that Minister Pandor gave a ceremonial lecture on astronomy for development on Monday 26 February followed by an interdisciplinary symposium on science diplomacy and development at the Leiden University Campus in The Hague on 27 February;
3) understands that Minister Pandor's appointment as Leiden University's honorary visiting professor for Science and Development is in recognition of her inspiring and charismatic promotion of science and astronomy in South Africa, Africa and globally;
4) recalls that Professor Jan Oort, whom the Professorship is named after, was the Director of Leiden Observatory for many years and has played a pioneering role in many aspects of modern astronomy;
5) believes that in awarding Minister Pandor the Leiden University considered her as an inspirational and charismatic ambassador of science as a tool for development, particularly in the field of astronomy;
6) thanking the executive authorities of the University of Leiden for honouring one of our dedicated servants of the people, Minister Naledi Pandor; and
7) congratulates Minister Pandor on adding one more accolade in her achievements.

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