“AYO AYO” performed by Lady Day Big Band

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

Stars shining so bright they illuminate the entire world – that’s how the Lady Day Big Band and the UCT School of Dance celebrated UCT staff members in a rousing performance during the virtual UCT Annual Staff Awards on 2 December 2020.



Mangangane & A. Tiffin


The Lady Day Big Band
Amanda Tiffin
Lana Crowster
Leah Joy Adams
Anathi Mobo


The UCT School of Dance
Choreography by Brigitte Reeve-Taylor & Lisa Wilson
Julio Jantjies
Carla Scholtz
Donnlyn Fischer
Bjorn Cupido
Bran-Leigh Challens
Unathi Makhambi


Amanda Tiffin

Lana Crowster


Paige Fiddes


Candy Links


Production Assistant
Aimee George


Lighting Design
The Beanstalk SA


Commissioned by UCT’s Communication and Marketing Department

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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.