A gala dinner was held on the 5th November 2011 at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Microbiology. It was attended by approximately 150 current members and post-graduate alumni of the department, with a previous Rector, Prof Andreas van Wyk, a previous Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof Fritz Hahne, and the current Dean, Prof Eugene Cloete as special guests. Unfortunately the current Rector, Prof Russell Botman was called at short notice to speak at a dinner in honour of Prince Charles and the Dutchess of Cornwall.  Three short speeches to highlight the history of the department were given in person and one was read out on behalf of all four of the previous and current chairpersons of the department. The evening provided a wonderful opportunity for ex students and staff to renew contact with fellow students from their own era plus their previous supervisors and other staff. We wish to express our gratitude to all of those that were present for making it such a memorable evening and regret that some of our alumni were unable to attend.

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‘n Galadinee is op 5 November by die Stellenbosse Instituut vir Gevorderde Navorsing ter viering van die Departement Mikrobiologie se 50ste bestaansjaar gehou. Die geleentheid is deur ongeveer 150 huidige lede en nagraadse alumni van die departement bygewoon, met die vorige Rektor, Prof Andreas van Wyk, oud-dekaan van die Fakulteit Natuurwetenskappe, Prof Fritz Hahne, en die huidige Dekaan, Prof Eugene Cloete, onder die eregaste. Ongelukkig moes die huidige Rektor, Prof Russel Botman, op kort kennisgewing ʼn toespraak by ʼn dinee ter ere van Prins Charles en die Hertogin van Cornwall lewer. Drie kort toesprake om die geskiedenis van die departement uit te lig is persoonlik en een voorgelees namens al vier vorige en huidige departementele hoofde gelewer. Die aand was ʼn wonderlike geleentheid vir oud-studente en personeel om kontak met medestudente, studieleiers en ander personeel van dieselfde era te hernu. Ons wil graag almal wat die funksie bygewoon en dit so ʼn heuglike aand gemaak het, opreg bedank en ons spyt uitspreek dat nie al die alumni die aand kon bywoon nie.

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