In remembrance: Heinrich Nicolai Christians

27 July 2021

Dear colleagues and students

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our colleague, Mr Heinrich Nicolai Christians (53), who passed away in the early hours of Monday, 19 July 2021 due to COVID-19 related complications.

Mr Christians joined the university in August 2016 and worked as chief technical officer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Colleagues will fondly remember him as a key member of the workshop team and a confident professional who took great pride in his work. He was an expert craftsman on his machines, creating the most amazing things for researchers and students alike.

“You knew that you could count on him to bring your drawings accurately to life,” said head of the department, Professor Brandon Collier-Reed.

Details of the memorial and funeral services are yet to be finalised.

He leaves behind his wife, Natasha; and two sons, Curwen and Enrique.

The university has reached out to offer support to the Christians family, and our sincere condolences go out to them and all who knew Mr Christians.


The UCT Executive

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