Dedicated trauma unit head honoured for his life-saving work in child safety

29 November 2019 | Video Shadley Schroeder. Journalist Kim Cloete. Video editor Alasdair McCulloch. Photo Michael Hammond.

Head of the trauma unit at Cape Town’s Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Professor Sebastian van As, has been recognised with the prestigious 2018 Pifer Research Award for his tireless work in the child safety arena. Van As is also the head of Childsafe. He has poured his heart and soul into preventing and treating childhood injury over the past few decades.

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UCT Annual Awards 2019


On 28 November Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng hosted the 2019 UCT Annual Awards, an evening that saw the university community gathered together to celebrate the outstanding contributions of professional, administrative support and service (PASS) and academic staff.

The event serves to acknowledge and honour no fewer than 127 long-serving staff and the recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award, the Alan Pifer Research Award, ad hominem promotions and the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and Transformation.

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