Long serving staff members in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science were recognised for their contribution to the University at functions held on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.
A total of 42 staff were honoured – 17 for 15 years’ service, 14 for reaching their quarter century at the University, and a further three for a remarkable 35 years at the Institution. In addition, eight people were bid farewell on their retirement.
The collective contribution to UKZN of those assembled was 924 years!
Colleagues and friends at the events enjoyed hearing about the personal and professional achievements of the award winners over the course of their careers at UKZN. Several of those retiring shared their personal reminiscences.
Professor Derek Stretch said it was the students and the staff who made working at the University worthwhile; whilst Professor Bala Pillay shared his personal experiences of occupying the full spectrum of University posts over the course of his remarkable 42-year career ranging from technician to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC).
DVC for the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Professor Albert Modi said the awards and events were a way of paying tribute to the depth of service provided by UKZN’s long serving employees. Staff and family members present were unanimous in their appreciation of the effort made by the College to acknowledge their role in making the University what it was, in both the academic and professional sphere.
Award winners received a certificate and gift from the College.
Words: Sally Frost
Photographs: Ntokozo Dladla and Bheki Mthembu