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ANC congratulates Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on her new appointment as UCT Vice Chancellor

S Mchunu

The ANC congratulates Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng for being appointed the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. Professors Phakeng's career has an extraordinary range, from an outstanding academic to long standing leader in the Higher education space to a fearless social activist which makes her the best candidate to take the University forward. Throughout her life, Professor Mamokgethi has won many awards for excellence in service. These honors include: The Order of the Baobab in Silver in 2016 for her excellent contribution in the field of science, the CEO Magazine award for being the most influential woman in education and training in South Africa in 2013 and NSTF award for being the most outstanding Senior Black Female Researcher over the last 5 to 10 years, in recognition of her innovative and quality research on teaching.

We are therefore confident that whilst at the helm of the University, Professor Phakeng will ensure that the University continues its rise in global rankings. She will ensure that the quality of UCT professors and researchers continues to improve even further. We are fully confident that she will further expand the University's ability to raise funds for its work, and that indeed the University should never be apologetic about its aspirations to be the best. Equally, we know she will ensure that the university will develop policy changes without losing its academic standards and its aspirations of being an elite African University.

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