A message from the Chair of Council at the UCT Annual Awards

02 December 2020 | Production Nkcubeko Media. Media Camera Tumelo Lerole. Video edit Anish Folorunsho.

Following months of disruptions and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chair of Council Babalwa Ngonyama noted sacrifices staff members made, thanking them for their resilience and commitment to UCT. She delivered her message during the virtual Annual Staff Awards on 2 December 2020, thanking staff for their excellence and commitment to the transformation agenda.


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UCT Annual Awards 2020


On Wednesday, 2 December, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng hosted the UCT Annual Awards 2020, which serve to honour and celebrate exceptional individuals at UCT for their contributions through excellence and dedication in research, teaching and service.

The celebration acknowledged 225 staff receiving Long Service Awards and the recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award, the Alan Pifer Research Award and the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The evening also recognised those staff members who have received ad hominem promotions this year.

Distinguished Teacher Award

The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university. Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university’s work.

Alan Pifer Award

This award is the vice-chancellor’s annual prize in recognition of outstanding welfare-related research. It highlights UCT's strategic goal of promoting socially responsive research, and honours a UCT researcher whose outreach work has contributed to the advancement and welfare of South Africa’s disadvantaged people.