Dear colleagues and students
I write to bid farewell to Ms Gerda Kruger, who has decided to take early retirement from the University of Cape Town (UCT) after many years of serving as the Executive Director for Communication and Marketing.
Ms Kruger joined UCT from AngloGold in 1999 as director of communication. She was later appointed as executive director of the Communication and Marketing Department (CMD). In this position her responsibilities included development, implementation, and monitoring of professional and strategic communication and marketing across UCT and all its stakeholders, and ensuring the appropriate positioning of the university publicly in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.
This portfolio fell under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, to whom she reported directly, thus she worked closely with a number of vice-chancellors over the years.
Some of the highlights during Ms Kruger’s time at the helm include:
Most recently, governance shortcomings at UCT also had an impact on Ms Kruger. Following the report of the independent panel of investigation, and the subsequent resolutions of the UCT Council regarding implementation of the report’s recommendations, the Chair of Council placed on record the university’s apology to Ms Kruger.
Gerda Kruger’s last day at UCT was 31 October 2023. We thank Ms Kruger sincerely for her leadership over the years and in particular for ably leading a team that had the task of enhancing and safeguarding the image and reputation of the university. I express, on behalf of the university, our appreciation and gratitude to Ms Kruger for her many valuable contributions to UCT.
Emer Prof Daya Reddy
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