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Friday, 20 June 2008

CPUT salutes its staff at Long Service Awards

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CPUT management once again paid homage to staff members who have served the institution for several years at the annual Long Service Awards. The event was held on 6 June 2008 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton and was also attended by family and friends of the recipients.

Those awarded had served the institution between ten and thirty-five years. During this period, the 160 recipients of the awards had spent 2 685 years of service with an average of 16, 7 years of service contributed by each. They were amont others couples, professors, heads of department, lecturers, administration staff and service staff.

Welcoming the guests, Prof Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga, Vice-Chancellor of CPUT, thanked the spouses of the awardees for attending the function. She said many of the awardees have sometimes worked till late at night over the years and thanked them for their perseverance and supporting their spouses. She mentioned that CPUT appreciates hard work and thus the awardees were honoured on that night. Prof Mazwi-Tanga also announced that it was Mrs Stoffels’ last day at work as she was retiring. Mrs Stoffels, who ‘had taken care of us’ had served the institution for 25 years.

Mr Jayanthlal Bhana, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Operations, said the awards were recognising those who have served CPUT for the better part of their lives. He said each and every person had in his or her way contributed to making the institution a better place. “No person is an island. A lecturer can only teach in a lecture hall that is clean” and whose electricity has been properly connected,"" he said demonstrating how each job fits to the whole. Mrs Ingrid Coetzee received the award of her late husband, Mr Adriaan Coetzee who passed away in February, posthumously. The late Mr Coetzee was in the twenty years category. Only one recipient, Mr J.A.D. Human, electrical engineering, braced the thirty-five years service category.

In his vote of thanks, Prof Anthony Staak, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, said the awardees were a ‘rare breed’ with a different set of aspirations. He thanked and reminded them that they were very special people who have been loyal and committed to CPUT. After the formalities the guests danced to the music of the Gary Hendrickse Trio.

By Thami Nkwanyane, Marketing and Communication Department

Photograph: Ms Naseema Allie, secretary at the Information Technology department, receives her award for ten years of service from Mr Jayanthlal Bhana, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Operations

Written by CPUT News

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