Honouring staff at the UCT Annual Awards

06 December 2022 | Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Dear colleagues and students

As the University of Cape Town (UCT) community, we rolled out the red carpet and celebrated exceptional staff at the 2022 UCT Annual Awards held on 30 November. We honoured and recognised outstanding contributions of our professional, administrative support and service (PASS) and academic staff.

The categories of accolades celebrated at the ceremony included Ad Hominem Promotions, Alan Pifer Award, Distinguished Teacher Award, Long Service Awards and the Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) Excellence Award.

While we were only limited to celebrating staff through awards in these categories, we recognise that there are many more hardworking colleagues who put in tireless efforts in contributing to the functioning and success of our university.

We honoured more than 202 recipients of UCT’s Long Service Award. These colleagues have served UCT faithfully for 15, 25, 35 or even 45 years. Through ad hominem promotions, we celebrated scientific and technical officers, senior research officers, chief research officers, senior clinical educators, senior lecturers, associate professors and professors who were promoted to the next rank in 2022.

The winners in the various categories were:

  • VC’s Service Excellence Award – Scientific and Technical Officers Association and the Disability Service team.
  • Distinguished Teacher Award – Associate Professor Elena Moore (Department of Sociology).
  • Alan Pifer Award – Professor Karen Sliwa-Hahnle (Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine) and Professor Liesl Zühlke (Division of Paediatric Cardiology in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health).

Congratulations once again to all the award recipients!

I would like to acknowledge and thank UCT’s Communication and Marketing Department for planning and executing a successful and spectacular awards ceremony.

It is my hope that the evening of the awards was not only enjoyable to our staff, but also gave you a sense of your importance and meaningful contributions you make to UCT’s overall excellence. The executive acknowledges you for everything you do.

Thank you, enkosi, re a leboga, siyabonga, rho livhuwa, ha khensa, dankie!


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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