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Ms Prudy Seepe, Professor Rob Slotow and
Ms Bongiwe Ndlovu.

Professor Rob Slotow, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Health Sciences, held a congratulatory luncheon in honour of the College’s recent recipients of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Women in Science Awards.

Dr Sengeziwe Sibeko, Ms Prudy Seepe and Ms Bongiwe Ndlovu received special recognition at the luncheon where Slotow encouraged other members of the College to aspire to the same standards of excellence in their research.

Currently registered for PhDs in their respective fields, Slotow said the recipients stood good stead in developing South Africa’s research capacity, and they had the College’s full support which included: ‘best knowledge, best practices and best technology.’

‘It’s really a chance to celebrate these achievements; not only as recognised by the College, but as done by DST.

‘Moving forward, you are going to be role models for younger scientists… You should have ambitions and set yourselves lofty goals.’

Congratulated in absentia, Dr Sengeziwe Sibeko is an Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellow currently based at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where she is registered for a PhD in HIV mucosal immunology of the female reproductive tract.