Dear colleagues and students
I am writing to inform you that Mr Sakkie Janse van Rensburg, the executive director of Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS), has taken early retirement. He will be leaving the university on 30 September 2018.
Mr Janse van Rensburg took up his current position on 1 February 2009 and has over 36 years in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Before joining UCT, Janse van Rensburg was director of ICT at the University of the Free State (UFS). He holds a Master of Business Administration from UFS.
He has a strong track record of developing ICT strategies in the higher-education sector and of aligning these with the university’s systems. He was the chair of the Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology from 2009 to 2011 and served on this committee for an additional five years.
Under Janse van Rensburg, ICTS not only became the lifeblood of research at UCT, but it responded to wider institutional demands with appropriate infrastructure and expertise. He established the eResearch Centre at UCT in 2014 and is currently a board member of the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa. He also serves on the South African Federation for Identity Management for Research and Education implementation committee.
With an in-depth knowledge of the industry, as well as of the university strategy and operating models, Janse van Rensburg demonstrated his passion about service and his understanding of the needs within the teaching and research communities. Moreover, he facilitated key technology decisions, and oversaw the successful implementation of various systems, all of which improved service to the university.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mr Janse van Rensburg for his total commitment to UCT and for carrying out his mandate to align and harness technology for the benefit of the university’s academic, administrative and research functions.
Please join me in thanking him for his service at UCT and in wishing him well in his future endeavours.
Associate Professor Lis Lange
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