Speaking at the event, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize congratulated staff on their outstanding contribution and innovative output during the year. ‘We recognise the hard work you have put in and applaud your work ethic and commitment to the College,’ he said.
Acting College Director for Professional Services, Mrs Shantha Maharaj, added: ‘Employees respond to appreciation expressed through recognition of their good work as it confirms their work is valued by others and as a result they are motivated to do better. Congratulations to all our staff in the College for their exemplary performance and dedication over the last year. Although we were not able to give everyone an award, we really appreciate and thank you all for your commitment and hard work.’
Staff members who had long service and others who were retiring were also recognised at the function.
Academic Leader for Research in the School of Social Sciences Professor Maheshvari Naidu, who received an award for research excellence said, ‘The Awards ceremonies are always great opportunities to meet colleagues across the College and applaud each other. This year, all present deserved a special medal for turning up in such incredible heat to support fellow staff. It was no mean feat to sit through 40 degrees. The various recipients across the many awards categories were clearly appreciative of the recognition from College and all of us tucked away our vouchers while conjuring up gleeful ways of spending them!’