Reflecting on 25 years of service to UCT at the UCT Annual Awards

02 December 2020 | Director Lerato Maduna. Camera Evan Zerf. Video editors Evan Zerf, Nico Badenhuizen.

After 25 years at UCT, recipients of the Long Service Award Tasneem Salasa, Bernard Soules and Penny Thompson reflect on the wonderful moments they’ve had at the university. They were honoured along with 27 other staff members for 25 years of uninterrupted service to UCT.


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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.