The Merit Room features accolades and awards of Prof Kunene and Mrs Kunene. Almost every wall is filled with framed certificates that showcase achievements, from receiving his qualifications from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and many others besides during his lifetime. Of note, a recent and posthumous acknowledgment from the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) as the Lasting Legacy Award to Prof Kunene.
Prof Mazisi Kunene received many awards during his lifetime. Listed below are many notable areas of recognition.