In remembrance: deaths of colleagues

04 August 2017
In remembrance
4 August 2017

Dear colleagues and students

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the recent deaths of three of our staff members – Mrs Juliet Booysen from Cleaning Services, Mr Lamla ‘De Villiers’ Sele from Grounds and Gardens, and Mrs Anna-Marie Joubert from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Mrs Juliet Booysen (60) died in the early hours of Saturday morning, 29 July 2017, at the Groote Schuur Hospital. She had been medically boarded from work last year due to her serious illness. Mrs Booysen had been in and out of hospital for months, but she finally succumbed to her illness last week.

She worked for SuperCare cleaning services for 20 years before being insourced to UCT in July 2016. Her colleagues say that she was a kind, loving, outspoken and jolly person who would always listen. She had a golden and pure heart and was also very outspoken. She will surely be missed by everyone.

Mrs Booysen leaves behind her husband, Sammy; two daughters; four sons; 22 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be held on Friday, 4 August 2017, at 11:00 in the Jolly Lecture Theatre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) building. Her funeral will be on Saturday, 5 August 2017, at 6 Dortreck Court, Eureka Estate, Elsies River.

Mr Lamla ‘De Villiers’ Sele (52) died on Saturday morning, 22 July 2017, at 03:00 after suffering a stroke. He worked for Grounds and Gardens as a gardener’s operator.

His colleagues say that they have lost a good friend, a colleague, a father and most of all a good loving soul. They called him Ingodlomana and say that not even a day passed without them laughing when he was around. They said they will miss his jokes and how he would act them out in a dramatic way. He loved his job and did it with passion. He will be deeply missed.

Mr Sele is survived by his partner, Zameka Mpini, and six children. His memorial service has not yet been confirmed. He will be buried in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, 5 August 2017.

Mrs Anna-Marie Joubert (51) died on Friday, 21 July 2017, after a long battle with cancer.

Mrs Joubert joined the Division of Medical Virology in 2000 and moved over to the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) in 2005 as a medical technologist. She eventually became a purchasing officer at the IDM. She took leave in 2014 to face her second battle with cancer, fighting courageously to witness her children growing up.

Colleagues say that she always had a way of calling a situation exactly how it was, was never shy and never minced her words. She will be dearly missed and remembered fondly for her spontaneity.

Mrs Joubert is survived by her husband, Johan, and two children. She has already been cremated and her memorial service will be held on Friday, 4 August 2017, at 11:00 in the Wolfson Pavilion Lecture Theatre.

On behalf of the UCT community, I extend heartfelt condolences to the families of Mrs Booysen, Mr Sele and Mrs Joubert. I know there will be many who are holding the families and friends in their thoughts as they come to terms with their loss.


Dr Max Price

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