Humanitarian Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Dr Basil Kransdorff; a visionary and lobbyist for affordable, effective, bio-available nutrition that results in nutrient repleteness, received an Honorary Doctorate at UKZN’s College of Health Sciences Graduation ceremony.
Kransdorff’s vision is to ‘find every Einstein on the African continent’ through ensuring that people become nutrient replete. His commitment is to halt poverty using state-of-the-art understandings of nutrition to end micro nutrient deficiencies.
Speaking at the ceremony Kransdorff said: ‘Healthy, physiologically functional human beings are better able to participate in sustainable solutions in the development of communities. Nutrient replete children are better able to focus, co-ordinate and concentrate and therefore be educated.
‘Malnutrition is rampant across the continent, and with such population growth, it can only get worse. The magnitude and time frame means we have little time to find practical and affordable solutions to problems of malnutrition, health, poverty and sustainable development. We need to ensure thriving societies in South Africa and the continent.
‘Our species is at risk of destroying itself if we continue to use unsustainable past paradigms and part solutions to the enormous challenges ahead.’
As a social entrepreneur for the past 14 years, he has pioneered and developed the science of e’Pap Technologies, focused on achieving nutrient repleteness – redressing micro nutrient deficiencies in populations across Africa through fortified foods that are effective, affordable and tasty.
e’Pap is referred to as an African Solution and was chosen by the International Marketing Council of South Africa as a brand champion. It sells in 15 countries across Africa. Through word of mouth marketing (e’Pap Effect) up to 2 million food portions a month and over 150 million portions have been distributed since its inception.
Kransdorff’s message to UKZN’s graduates was, ‘The skills and knowledge this University has given you will be critical in helping us find the inter-connected solutions necessary to implement in the little time we have left. You have grown up politically free, with open, uncensored access to information and ideas, through social media and the Internet. You are far better equipped for “rapid change” than we were.
‘This prestigious University has provided a cocoon for your learning. Now - get ready to meet the reality of communities living in extreme poverty across our continent and especially, in your own back yard here in KwaZulu-Natal.’
Kransdorff is an Ashoka Fellow and internationally recognised for his work by Ashoka, a Washington based NGO focused on supporting social entrepreneurs who have developed important solutions to address poverty and health issues in communities.
He holds a BSC degree with majors in Chemistry and Geology and a BSC Honors in Chemistry from the former University of Natal (1969). In the field of nutrition he has written and researched on micronutrients and their bio-efficacy and works closely with international experts in the field.
He has published a number of articles on bio-available nutrition and its importance for corporate wellness programmes and productivity, education, nutrition as a management tool in TB, HIV and AIDS, stigma and denial.
- MaryAnn Francis