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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Namaqualand community pick-up needed – Marianna's story

Namaqualand community pick-up needed

UCT’s Plant Conservation Unit is still without a research vehicle after their bakkie was burnt during recent campus unrest. This has affected long-term socio-ecological research that supports a fragile Namaqualand herding community − and the work of people like Paulshoek’s Marianna Lot.

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Obituary: Richard Wake, 1935-2016.

RICHARD WAKE, who has died aged 80, was an artist and teacher who enabled huge shifts in artistic practice in South Africa in the late 1960s and 1970s. Following a move to Germany in 1973 he continued to work prolifically into the 21st century producing permanent public works and influential exhibitions.

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Statement by the UCT Alumni Advisory Board

The UCT Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) supports the recent constructive call for all Capetonians who can, to offer to take in a student lodger. The UCT Off-Campus Student Accommodation Service (phone 021 650 4934) will be happy to assist.

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Celebrations as IFAC-Handa UCT Opera Endowment Fund launched

On Thursday 28 January, under the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain set within the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens against a perfect sky, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, announced the launch of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC)- Handa UCT Opera Endowment Fund. IFAC is a non-profit organisation established by Dr Haruhisa Handa for the purposes of promoting the arts and social welfare activities through musical and arts-related events. Dr Handa, Chairman of IFAC, is a humanitarian, businessman, philanthropist and is himself a trained opera singer.

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LEGO Foundation partnership with UCT to support ECD interventions in South Africa

In 2015, the LEGO Foundation concluded a partnership with the Bertha Centre at the Graduate School of Business, to support the development of a social impact bond model, with a view to increasing focus on- and funding for ECD programmes in South Africa.

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Alumni weigh in on transformation at nationwide roadshow

Last year, the chairperson of the Alumni Advisory Board, Ms. Dianna Yach, as well as the Head of Alumni Relations, Mr. Lungile Jacobs, hosted an alumni roadshow in five cities in the country, with the aim of introducing Ms. Yach as the AAB Chair, and discussing with alumni the very relevant topic of transformation at UCT.

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The University of Cape Town's Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) has officially opened its new world-class chemical laboratory, with the aim of boosting efforts to develop life-saving medicines. "The new medicinal chemistry laboratory is expected to attract significant Foreign Direct Investment as well as world-class partnerships and talent," said Professor Kelly Chibale, the Founder and Director of H3D.

H3D has become internationally recognized for its groundbreaking research into a single-dose cure for malaria.

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Celebrating UCT Opera - Ndiphilela Ukucula: I live to Sing

On Saturday, 29 August 2015, UCT hosted the first South African screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary Ndiphilela Ukucula: I live to Sing at the Baxter Theatre. Read more ...

Pioneering medical alumna passes away

Dr Khairunisa Parker at her 50 year medical reunion

UCT Alumna, Dr Khairunisa Parker, passed away at the Rondebosch Medical Centre on Sunday 12 July, after taking ill last week.

Parker, 81, was one of Cape Town's first Muslim female doctors. She lived and schooled in Salt River and enrolled for the medical degree in 1953 - an unusual step for a young woman at the time - graduating from UCT in 1959.

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UCT Phonathon 2015 - student callers off to an energetic start

UCT Phonathon callers at the 2015 training weekend

As the excitement of the June graduation ceremonies wears off, the energy of the student callers in the Weston Room at the Baxter Residence gives life to a quiet campus.

The UCT Phonathon is an important component of the UCT Development and Alumni Department's fundraising efforts. Over fifty student callers will be reaching out to more than 15, 000 alumni over the next four weeks.

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Answers to alumni FAQs re: Rhodes statue

Rhodes statue

Do you still have questions about UCT's decision-making process in the run-up to the removal of the Rhodes statue, and its response to recent protest action on campus? In this letter to UCT's alumni, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price looks to address some of the main questions and concerns that have been articulated by former students.

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Role model scientist: prestigious award for Farrant

Professor Jill Farrant

Professor Jill Farrant of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is this year's recipient of the Erna Hamburger prize. This is awarded by the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) WISH Foundation (Women in Science and Humanities) to leading women in science, engineering and architecture worldwide.

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Great Minds: Eight activists who studied at UCT


As the June graduation season comes to a close – seeing some 1 379 students hooded, capped and on to the next adventure – we reflect on just a handful of the many UCT graduates who have gone on to dedicate themselves to creating positive social and political change in the country and around the world.

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Art and education can dowse flames of xenophobia

June 2015 Graduation

The 2015 mid-year graduation season ended on a high note with two honorary doctorates awarded to pre-eminent scholars concerned with African art and history. Recipients of the UCT Book and Creative Works Awards were also presented with their prizes.

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Struggle hero toasts honorary class of 2015

Ahmed Kathrada

Despite feeling a bit "presumptuous" in doing so instead of his non-retired colleagues, it was like a "disciplined prisoner that still obeys orders" that struggle hero Ahmed Kathrada accepted the task of responding to UCT's vice-chancellor on behalf of himself and his fellow honorary graduates and graduands.

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Active citizenry can change society – Sandile Zungu

GSB Graduation

Engaged and active citizens can improve transparency and accountability, build trust and precipitate important reforms in society, philanthropist and businessman Sandile Zungu told graduands at the Faculty of Commerce and Graduate School of Business (GSB) graduation ceremony on Friday morning.

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Re-ACT conference gets to grips with social responsiveness


Student leaders and the Department of Student Affairs will be holding a conference to explore how students are engaged in social responsiveness initiatives and will explore the ways in which students navigate the social, political and other issues of the day.

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Award-winning book gives voice to feminism in Islam

Sa'diyya Shaikh

Assoc Prof Sa'diyya Shaikh has won the 2015 UCT Book Award for her exploration of the ideas of a 13th century Sufi mystic, poet and scholar in Sufi Narratives of Intimacy. Her twin interests are Islam and feminism, two themes she artfully weaves together in the book.

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Appointment of Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Transformation

VC Desk

In order to ensure the necessary executive focus on the transformation project over the next 12 months, I am appointing a Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Transformation, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price has announced in his latest VC Desk.

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