A message from the Chair of Council at the 2021 UCT Annual Awards

06 December 2021 | Director Charles Meadows. Videography and video edit Incubate Productions. Photo Supplied.

University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Chair of Council, Babalwa Ngonyama highlights the achievements for the year despite challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating UCT fires. Ms Ngonyama thanked staff members for their resilience and commitment to UCT. She delivered her message at the 2021 UCT Annual Awards.

Follow the celebration on YouTube and Twitter via #UCTAwards2021.



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Charles Meadows
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Poppy Modisane

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UCT Annual Awards 2021

On Monday, 6 December, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng hosted the UCT Annual Awards 2021, which serve to honour and celebrate exceptional individuals at UCT for their contributions through excellence and dedication in research, teaching and service.

The celebration acknowledges 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 recognises those staff members who have received ad hominem promotions this year.

The UCT Annual Awards 2021 event premiered on this page, as well as on UCT’s social media channels, from 18:00 to 19:30 on Monday, 6 December 2021. The ceremony recording and individual video segments are now available on this page, along with written stories about some of the award winners.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards

There is an appreciation from the Vice-Chancellors’ Excellence Awards committee that teamwork, collective action, collaboration and leadership have contributed towards the health and wellbeing of colleagues and ensured the sustainability of the university. Awards are made in the three categories: global citizenship, service excellence and transformation.

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.