UCT hail staff donors

26 March 2009 | Story by Myolisi Gophe

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    <td class=Good will: VC Dr Max Price, centre, with some of the staff donors. From left is Dr Ian Mackintosh, Prof David Aschman, Emer Assoc Prof J. Juritz, Tasneem Salasa, John Donald and Jerome September

Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price has saluted staff members who have pledged donations to UCT, saying their contributions have "multiplying effects", encouraging others to give as well.

"Your support benefits the university because when we speak to other donors it is encouraging to show what commitment we, the staff, have made," Price said during the Vice-Chancellor's Staff Donor Recognition Luncheon on 25 March.

Price said staff's support was a clear indication of their commitment to the institution.

At the event, UCT thanked around 300 staff members who, over the years, have made different kinds of donations. Staff received certificates of recognition.

Abdu Mohamed, technical officer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, has been taking photographs of almost all staff functions and physical changes at the faculty since 1995. He has created a free archive from this collection of images.

Emeritus Professor of Medicine Ralph Kirsch began donating while he was in the funding committee for the same faculty, "because I could not ask others to give without first committing myself".

"As alumni our reputation is as good as our current graduates," he said. "Our job is to do all we can to maintain the high standards of the university."

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