On 1 July 964 service staff – gardeners, cleaners, security guards and caterers − officially became part of UCT. It’s been a long journey for many who were previously outsourced to contract companies servicing the university. But now it’s time to welcome them back. These are their stories.
After 11 years behind the wheel of his Jammie Shuttle, Nazeem Mobarah is one of the many contract staff that have recently become permanent staff members at UCT. Putting a smile on the faces of the students and staff he transports on a daily basis will now be just that little bit easier.
Born and raised in the searing heat of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, Riaan Witbooi has been working as a security officer at UCT since 2004. A talented marathon runner with aspirations of running professionally, Riaan is now a bona fide permanent staff member of the university.
Charmaine Kannemeyer joined UCT in March 2000 as a cleaner for the SuperCare team. Although she started working on upper campus, Charmaine moved down to Welgelegen on lower campus after a few months and has been based there for the past 16 years. This week, the mother of three will finally join the UCT family.
Jonathan Fritz, long-time custodian of the university’s gardens, most recently the heritage gardens at Welgelegen and the Irma Stern Museum, has worked for UCT’s estates maintenance team for over 31 years. (The story below was penned before UCT’s decision to insource service staff.) Welcome back, Jonathan.