Development Dialogues Cycle 1 June 2023 to 31 May 2024

15 May 2024 | Emeritus Professor Daya Reddy

Dear colleagues

The Development Dialogue (DD) is the agreed system for performance contracting, management and development at the University of Cape Town (UCT) for permanent professional, administrative and support service (PASS) staff in payclasses 1 to 12, and for senior staff in payclasses 13(5) to 13(1). It aims to create alignment between the university’s strategic goals and individual performance goals by ensuring effective feedback and forward planning.

As you are aware, 31 May 2024 marks the end of the 1 June 2023 to 31 May 2024 DD cycle. While regular, formal and informal performance and development engagements take place throughout the cycle, the formal cumulative/summative DD must be completed and documented by the end of June 2024. The 2024-2025 DD cycle commences on 1 June 2024, and performance and development plans and objectives for that cycle must be completed and documented before the end of June 2024.

As an employer of choice, our focus is not only on the past cycle of performance, but also on the future with a focus on individual and team development plans, career and succession planning, and the identification of scarce and critical skills. We ask development forums to engage deeply and meaningfully with these critical talent planning activities.

For more information about the DD process, please refer to the Development Dialogue Resource Guide, which is available on the HR website.

Your Human Resources Business Partner is available to guide you through the process. They will distribute comprehensive timelines in due course.


Emeritus Professor Daya Reddy
Vice-Chancellor interim

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