In remembrance: Funeral service for Steven Ganger

03 January 2019

Dear colleagues and students

The funeral service for Mr Steven Ganger, the investigations manager in the Campus Protection Services of the University of Cape Town, will take place on Friday, 4 January 2019, at the Vriend van God AGS Church on the corner of Frans Conradie and Vasco Boulevard, in Goodwood. Viewing will begin at 09:00 and the service will begin at 10:00.

Steven will be remembered for his calm professionalism, persistence and wide experience in investigating reported incidents of crime at the University. In an article published by UCT’s Properties & Services Department, he said: “I always tell those working in this unit: Don’t give up easily. If you keep on looking you will find something.”

He will also be remembered for his warm heart, generous spirit, sense of humour and his love of sending uplifting WhatsApp and email messages to his colleagues and friends. He treated colleagues and students as equals under the law and was always respectful, even in the most trying circumstances.

One of Steven’s many talents was in building relationships with people. He helped to establish and maintain good relationships with police stations near the UCT campuses and worked with the security officers that formed the patrols for the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District.

Steven joined UCT in 2004. Previously he served as National Senior Manager for Security and Investigations at the SA Postal Service and as a forensic investigator for two leading investigation companies. He once confided to a colleague that his dream as a child was to be an engineer, but his family had no money to send him for tertiary education. “So I joined the police,” he said. “It has been an interesting career.”

Steven is survived by his wife, Diane, and their daughter and son in law, Jill and Ivor Ockhuis.

The university has reached out to the family to offer support in this time of bereavement. Our sincere condolences go out to Steven’s family, friends, colleagues and all who knew him.


The UCT Executive

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