Long service awards were handed out to staff of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science at ceremonies on the Pietermaritzburg and Howard College campuses.
Family and friends of award-winning staff members joined in the celebration as the College acknowledged service periods of 15 years, 25 years and 35 years, as well as retirement.
A total of 36 staff members received awards while six were acknowledged on their retirement.
The gatherings were opened by Professor Kevin Kirkman who thanked staff for their loyal service before the presentation of gifts and certificates.
He read out citations by line managers, which detailed the service history of the long-serving staff members.
Six staff members with service totalling 35 years or more were Mr Vinay Sarup, Professor Philip Everitt, Mr Gan Moodley, Mr Vahunth Singh, Mr Gonasilla Ganesan and Professor Jennifer Lamb.
After the formalities, guests enjoyed a light meal and refreshments.
On a sad note, it was announced that former employee of the School of Life Sciences, Mr Jabulisa Isaac Dlamini passed away the day before the ceremony. Staff stood for a moment of silence in memory of ‘a cheerful, good-humoured, jovial colleague who was pleasure to work with and always willing to assist.’