Doctor recognised for excellence

2018-09-19 06:02
Dr Sylvan Seane (right) receives the Chancellor’s Excellence Award from Dr Paks Tondi, de­puty re­gistrar of the Central University of Techno­logy (CUT).Photos: Supplied

Dr Sylvan Seane (right) receives the Chancellor’s Excellence Award from Dr Paks Tondi, de­puty re­gistrar of the Central University of Techno­logy (CUT).Photos: Supplied

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Astute Dr Sylvan Maleho Seane has received a feather in his cap at a coveted Chancellor’s Excellence Award ceremony.

The Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, honoured the respected medical practitioner for his invaluable contribution to serving the community.

Seane was recognised on Tuesday, 11 September, adding to CUT’s Spring graduation highlights of 2018.

His recognition is for exceptional leadership, consistently demonstrating the capacity to guide and motivate others to excellence with proven commitment to serving the community, and improving the lives of others.

A family physician by profession, Seane served in the CUT Council from 2003 to 2018, during which he also served as chairperson of the council from 2010 to 2016.

He made important contributions in his capacity as chairperson, and as a member and chairperson of various other standing committees.

Furthermore, he availed his skills and expertise to a host of other organisations throughout his career.

Seane has expressed a great deal of gratitude for being recognised for his contribution.

“I am honoured and excited about this award. My gratitude extends to the CUT Council for its guidance in policy making and ethics in governance that creates the ambience to procure essential support, and office stewardship over, above and beyond the duty of their call.

“It is in people like Cllr Boysie Phehlukwayo who serves the council with a purpose that we find an affirmation to the adherence of individual and institutional objectives,” Seane said.

“This, in turn, delivers the programmes that we see here and our commitment to excellence is clear in the number of cum laude graduates. We come here and celebrate an institution that stands out to make sure that indivi­duals within it come out as different people with different attributes and determination to make life different for all people outside,” he said.

Seane said the Senate and the community of CUT remain critical in the execution of the job that needs to be done daily – to impart knowledge, skills and competencies with the courage to create, innovate and inspire.

“I will forever be indebted to my family, more so to my lovely wife Refiloe, who allowed me time to avail myself for CUT’s calling and to the CUT community.

“My spirit is indeed lifted, and there is joy and satisfaction of accomplishment. To the students, you may have struggled and met with repeated challenges and failures, but you persevered, and finally, you succeeded.

“What is critical is not how you entered but how you exit, and I think it’s honourable for all of us to make sure that our exits are honourable,” he said.

The couple has three child­ren, Letshego, Kabelo and Boitumelo.

Seane was born in Bloemfontein and matriculated from the Moroka High School in Thaba Nchu in 1971.

He holds a BSc degree from the University of Fort Hare, an MBChB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an MFamMed degree from the University of the Free State.

He has owned a medical practice in Bloemfontein since 1983.

Currently Seane is employed as a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor of final year medical students at the University of the Free State

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