Vice-Chancellor visits and thanks retirees for their service to UCT

02 November 2021 | Director and Video Kamvelihle Stemela. Photo Lerato Maduna.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng visited a few retirees of the University of Cape Town (UCT), handing over gift packs and personally thanking them for their service to the university.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions, the university could not host a celebratory dinner with all the UCT retirees. The Vice-Chancellor has instead recorded a message wishing the retirees well in their future endeavours and thanked them for their service to UCT.

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2021 Retirees Recognition

This year we have the privilege of honouring nearly 90 retirees from across the university, including academic and professional, administrative support and service (PASS) staff. It is an opportunity for us to say a deserved thank you to the staff members who have served UCT for as long as they have, and for their ongoing commitment to building the university we are proud to be a part of today.


“On behalf of the entire university community, I would like to thank all the retirees for their service to the university over the years. It is through their hard work and contributions that we are what we are now: one of the best universities globally, and the best in Africa in particular. We will always cherish their collective contributions that helped grow UCT to be an even better university.” – VC Prof Phakeng

This year’s retirees

Please note: photos supplied by the retirees have been included in this gallery. Photos by UCT photographers have also been included where available, including photos taken by senior photographer Lerato Maduna on the day that the Vice-Chancellor visited some of the retirees to thank them in person for their service to UCT over the years. See the full list of retirees’ names.