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The statue of Cecil John Rhodes on UCT's upper campus has been the subject of much debate. For some, it's a symbol of imperialism and a marker of what remains untransformed about UCT. For others, it's an undeniable part of the university's past. UCT has initiated a process to review statues, building names and other symbols that affect the institutional climate of UCT, and how these affect the sense of inclusiveness or alienation felt by staff and students.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

From the VC's Desk: Update on Rhodes statue and occupation of Bremner Building

VC Desk

Herewith an update on the matter of the Rhodes statue and the occupation of the Bremner building by protesting students.

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UCT Great Minds: Nine of South Africa's most well-known poets

Georgina Harwood

UCT has been privileged to play host to some of our country's most talented poets – as teachers, and as students. Here are just nine.

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Skydiving centenarian is 'inspired to live'

Georgina Harwood

100-year-old Georgina Harwood, née Mitchell, graduated with a BA from UCT in 1934, but it's her more recent escapades that have grabbed headlines. If you imagined her 100th birthday party would involve much sitting, and perhaps a spot of tea – perish the thought.

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UCT Great Minds: 18 of the best local contemporary writers

Great Minds

Whether as students, teachers or fellows, some of South Africa's top contemporary novelists, playwrights and satirists have found a home at UCT. Here are just a few.

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UCT Great Minds: Four of South Africa's most important writers

Writers

On Tuesday 23 March 2015, the 2015 Man Booker International finalists were announced at UCT – the first time this announcement has been made in Africa. In celebration, we've curated lists of some of the distinguished South African writers to have studied or taught at UCT. Here are four titans.

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Tribute to physics' luminary Perez

Sandy Perez

UCT's Physics Department, under the headship of Professor Andy Buffler, will pay tribute next month to Professor Sandy Perez, who passed away on the morning of 8 January this year.

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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsElectrical Engineering celebrates academic excellence

To celebrate their academic achievements, third and final year electrical engineering students on the 2014 Dean's merit list, were invited to join Department of Electrical Engineering staff on a hike to visit an old radar station at Slangkop recently.

Professor Mike Inggs, who heads up the Radar Remote Sensing Group in the department, gave a brief account of the history of radar and the role that a UCT professor, Basil Schonland, played in its development. South Africa was at the forefront of radar?s early development and this critical technology helped the Allies win the Second World War.

The students were given the opportunity to explore the various radar buildings before visiting the old naval guns above Simonstown. They were also treated to a braai and had an opportunity to interact with HoD, Prof Ed Boje, and the academic staff.

"The outing was not only to celebrate achievements, but to encourage students to keep up their good performance and to think about postgraduate possibilities," Prof Boje said.

Caption: Third and final year students from the Department of Electrical Engineering explore the old radar station at Slangkop.

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