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Vincent Carolissen passed away suddenly due to a massive heart attack on 26 December 2014. His passing has left a space in the department that will be hard to fill – his humour, humility, loyalty, kindness and willingness to go the extra mile for anyone are sorely missed. Vincent was only 56 years old but his youthful demeanour, energy, ready smile and zest for living were those of a man many years younger.
He started his career at the Department in June 1990, as an Assistant, rising to Senior Assistant by 2007, and then to Junior Technical Officer in 2014. The variety of tasks Vincent handled made him the go-to man in the department. It do not matter if it were mail to be collected, confidential documents to be delivered, extra help on a Saturday or a broken practical to be fixed just minutes before the students were due to arrive, Vincent would do it.
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The Cape region of southern Africa is endowed with a variety of plant diversity, unmatched on the planet, representing a unique resource of potentially useful compounds rarely found elsewhere. Many of these compounds are valuable in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and nutraceutical industries. The sub-continent is also rich in indigenous plants known to contain bioactive compounds and essential oils that have been used for thousands of years as herbal remedies. Some, like buchu, aloe, hoodia, and rooibos, have been domesticated and industries have flourished for their exploitation.
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2014 saw the start of our postgrad soccer. Apart from good exercise, the Tuesday soccer sessions formed new friendships and strengthened old ones. The soccer cultured a team spirit amongst us which carried through to the inter-faculty activities.
We started off with a borrowed ball from Tope and borrowed cones from Vincent, Niel and the workshop. Prof Clarke then organised funding for our very own brand-new equipment. This transformed the soccer from an amateur afternoon ball-kick to a near professional event.