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The H3Africa Community would like to bid a sincere farewell to a dear colleague and friend. 
Sr Veronica Francis (69), passed on 2 February 2021 due to COVID-19 complications. She joined UCT in 2007 and was a research coordinator at the Mayosi Research Group in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
She was dedicated to fostering collaborations between numerous South African Institutions and internationally. In her day to day activities she was a pillar of support. Mrs Francis is survived by her son Craig, daughter Faye and her grandchildren. Her funeral took place on Saturday, 6 February 2021. We will miss Veronica’s soft smile and bright spirit. We appreciate the contribution she made and will always remember her fondly.

Sr Veronica Francis


It is really a sad news. May God rest her in peace and give the strength and comfort to her family and friends.

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Audrey Duncanson

This is terribly sad news. Sister Veronica was amazing in her work in RHDGen and H3Africa, but also such a wonderful, warm and funny person who was a joy to be around. She will be so missed.

My condolences to you, her many close colleagues and her family.

Samira H. Abdelrahman

So sorry to hear this very sad news.

My prayers to her family and the H3Africa community.

Moussa Bamba Kanoute

So sad news.
Veronica will lack us in a physical way but will always stay with us through her works and actions.

David Téa Okou

It is heartbreaking to learn about the passing of Sr Veronica Francis. My condolences to her family and the entire consortium.

May her soul rest in peace.

Charles Rotimi

Very terrible news. At a loss for words. Condolences to her family and wishing her colleagues strength in these challenging times.

Mayowa Ogunronbi

My deepest condolences to the family. May God grant everyone the fortitude to bear this loss and may her soul rest in perfect peace.

Abraham Tekola

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I really feel sad…!!!

Guida Landoure

Sorry to hear this tragic news. My thoughts to her family and the H3Africa community. We have lost a very humanist person.

Mogomotsi Matshaba

So sorry to hear about Sr Francis passing. May her soul rest in peace.  This a big loss for the H3A family. Her friends, family and colleagues are in our prayers.

Sudha Srinivasan

MY deepest condolences to family and friends.

She was a lovely person.

RIP Veronica.

Seybou Hassane Diallo

This is sad news for the scientific world.
It is a great figure just passed away.
May the almighty lord accept  her in his paradise

Emmanuel Adamolekun

What a great loss to have Veronica. I pray God gives her family, friends and the entire consortium the fortitude to bear this loss.

Sylvan Kaboha

This is so soo sad! May we celebrate Sr. Veronica for the lady she was, her many acts of kindness, generosity and commitment to improving lives of all those around her!

Forever remember fondly, and my she Repose in Eternal Peace. AMEN!

Raj Ramesar

Truly sorry to hear of Veronica’s passing….she was a remarkable human being. The planet is poorer for her loss.  I suppose what is even more tragic is that the vaccine has just physically arrived at our ‘doorstep’ but is still a ‘lifetime’ away, as has been shown in this instance. Strength to Veronica’s family, friends and Colleagues

Zané Lombard

So sorry to receive this sad news! Thinking of her family and colleagues in this difficult time.

Dwomo Adu

Dear Michelle, that is terrible news.  Please extend the condolences of all us on H3Kidney to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace

Robin Mason

I am truly heartbroken to hear of the passing of Veronica. As you noted in the announcement Veronica was instrumental to the success of the H3Africa study coordinator group. She took on Chair responsibilities with so much enthusiasm and served in that capacity for several years. She was such a warm and gentle soul. Always had an encouraging word and positive attitude.

She will be missed.

Sola Gbotosho

So sorry to hear about the loss of Sr Veronica Francis.  May light perpetual shine on her.

May the Lord comfort her family.

Jennifer Troyer

I am so sad to hear this.  Veronica will be missed for her work and for her beautiful spirit, energy, and the warmth and enthusiasm she brought to everything she did.  Please extend my sympathy to her family.