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Friday, 27 March 2015

UCT protest is not about Cecil

Zetu Makamandela-Mguqulwa

UCT Ombud Zetu Makamandela-Mguqulwa speaks of the transformative opportunity that the #RhodesMustFall campaign presents.


UCT and Oxford collaboration: established universities with emerging solutions

Great Minds

The Universities of Cape Town and Oxford are the oldest universities in their respective countries. However, as a recent visit by the University of Oxford demonstrated, longstanding and recent research collaborations are producing innovative solutions to problems of the present and creating a better future.


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.


Cry for transformation rings out at packed assembly

Student Assembly

Heritage, signs and symbolism were superceded by the harder issues synonymous with transformation at Wednesday night's University Assembly in a jam-packed Jameson Hall. These were equity, institutional culture and racism, curricula, higher education, and colonialism.


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


Marlene van Niekerk among Man Booker International finalists

Man Booker

South African author and poet Marlene van Niekerk, author of Agaat and Triomf, is one of four African authors among the ten finalists for the Man Booker International Prize 2015.


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.


Black academics support #RhodesMustFall campaign

VC Desk

TranformUCT, a grouping of black academics from different departments and faculties at UCT, stands in solidarity with students in the #RhodesMustFall campaign and the removal of the statue.


From the VC's Desk: Progress in discussing the removal of Rhodes statue

VC Desk

The proposal that the statue of Rhodes be removed from its current location has been supported by the Senior Leadership Group (SLG) of UCT, namely the deans, the Executive Directors, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Directors of Institutional Planning and the Transformation Office, UCT's Vice Chancellor Dr Max Price has said in a letter to the UCT community.


UCT alumni shine at Fleur du Cap

War Horse

UCT alumni excelled at the 50th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards on Sunday evening. Likened to the Tony's in New York, Fleur du Cap celebrates the crème of Cape Town's arts and theatre community, and no fewer than eight UCT-trained artists walked home with prizes.


Denny heads new national gynaecological cancer centre

Prof  Lynette Denny

With HIV and TB taking the lion's share of South Africa's medical resources, diseases like cervical cancer take a back seat. But the new South African Medical Research Council's Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre hopes to change that.


Major neurosciences initiative launched at UCT and Groote Schuur

Neurosciences Initiative

A major neurosciences initiative has been launched at UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences in partnership with Groote Schuur academic hospital complex.


Until the lion has its own storyteller

Rhodes Memorial lion

Russell Ally, executive director of the Department of Alumni and Development and a UCT alumnus, puts the current #RhodesMustFall debate on campus in context: highlighting how critical this robust debate is in shaping students' understanding of their place in the world, how history is currently being written, and a shared future being built.


Students continue peaceful occupation of Bremner

Bremner Protest

A small group of students remained in the Bremner Building on Monday morning, continuing Friday afternoon's peaceful protest and subsequent occupation of the Archie Mafeje Room in the building.


Whose heritage are we preserving?

Heritage debate

At a transformation seminar planned for Monday 16 March 2015, focused on symbolism, heritage and signage, SRC President Ramabina Mahapa gave the following address before leading a student walk-out.


UCT Student Parliament's statement on Rhodes statue

Student Parliament

It is deeply problematic that when individuals criticise white supremacy they are accused of discriminating against white people and being 'racist'. All systems of oppression must be eradicated, UCT's Student Parliament said in a statement.


Price applauds students for bringing transformation issues into focus

Bremner protest

UCT plans to make a day available to hold discussions on campus about the controversial statue of Cecil John Rhodes on upper campus, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price told protesters on Friday afternoon.


UCT response to posting of swastika photos on Jameson Hall


The University of Cape Town urges all students and staff to respect one another and exercise care in their manner of expression. We condemn any action where people are intimidated and urge all to be sensitive to other people's views.


Transform UCT: It's about more than race

Rainbow UCT

Transformation goes beyond issues of race. This is the message a group of student organisations wants to bring home with a series of events. The first of these is a fun day on Saturday 21 March 2015.


Reflections on Rhodes: A story of time

Rhodes Viewpoints

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes overlooking UCT has been at the heart of heated debates on transformation. In his introduction to Viewpoints, published in November 2013, former Vice-Chancellor and Emeritus Professor Njabulo Ndebele writes of the vexed legacy Rhodes left UCT.


Open letter from former SRC presidents: 'Rhodes must fall'

Rhodes must fall

Nine former presidents of the Student Representative Council (SRC) support the widespread call for the immediate removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes situated on UCT's upper campus.


College of Accounting comes out tops in new exam

College of Accounting

Results for the final board exam for prospective new chartered accountants in South Africa show that students who completed the UCT College of Accounting Board Course APC Professional Programme did better than students who participated in other programmes.


Academics Union Executive Statement on Rhodes

Academics Union Executive

We appreciate the expressions of alienation articulated by student representatives and recognise the importance of the sentiments that have motivated the campaign and the wider issue. However, as academics, we also believe that contentious issues are best dealt with through reasoned debate, the Academics Union Executive has said in a statement.


UCT's elephant in the room: #RhodesMustFall


Chevening scholar and UCT fine arts alumnus Wandile Goozen Kasibe comments on the Rhodes debate.


It matters who teaches: A response to the UCT Chancellor

Graça Machel

Transform UCT, a grouping of black academics from different departments and faculties at UCT, respond to Graça Machel's graduation address on 16 December 2014.


UCT innovations triumph at science and technology expo

RCIPS expo

Hydrogen fuel cells, a fire detector for informal settlements and computational fluid dynamic software, all developed at UCT, generated much interest from potential investors and commercial partners at the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) recent expo.


Sexual offences summit goes to the heart of community

Heritage Debate

A desire to work with government and other stakeholders to collaboratively improve the status quo was the main thrust of the recent three-day civil society led summit on sexual offences, held in a community centre in Delft.


Climate of trust needed for transformation

Heritage Debate

New and creative ways are needed to engage students and build a climate of trust before transformation can be discussed and debated on campus. This sentiment was expressed after the first in a series of transformation seminars stalled following a student walkout.


Students campaign for Rhodes statue removal

Rhodes Protest

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes overlooking the UCT rugby fields must go, say students. UCT's Student Representative Council (SRC) is planning various protest action unless a date is set for its removal.


UCT showcased at Absa Cape Epic Prologue

Absa Cape Epic Prologue

The 12th edition of the Absa Cape Epic literally took off with a bang at the University of Cape Town on Sunday morning when Jonathan Stones, UCT's head of Sports and Recreation, fired the gun at 06h45 to send the first team off.


From UCT to your TV: An inside look at the Cape Epic media coverage

Sara Harrop and Rifumo Mdaka

Rifumo Mdaka, a third-year student in Media Studies at UCT, had the opportunity to visit the Absa Cape Epic Media Centre during the Prologue hosted at UCT on Sunday. Here is his story.


UCT's first MOOC starts


With more than 6 000 enrolled students from over 100 countries, UCT's first free online course or MOOC (massive open online course) starts today, with enrolment open until the very last day of the course. It is free, and open to anyone around the world.


Evidence base for parenting programmes on global and local agendas

Parenting Seminar

Does existing research on the impact of parenting programmes show promising results? UCT's Children's Institute and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business recently collaborated on a seminar focused specifically on parenting programmes, and their critical role in early childhood development.


Q&A with Absa Cape Epic Team Nexus

UCT riders

UCT PhD student Marc Brighton will be competing in the 2015 Absa Cape Epic with his team mate, UCT alumnus Steven Mitchell. Here's a quick Q&A with the cyclists before the big event.


African Research Universities Alliance launched


Fifteen universities from eight African countries have launched an alliance of research universities, at the African Higher Education Summit in Senegal's capital Dakar. The focus of the group will be to build African research excellence as a "vital precondition" for the continent to develop and exert control over its future.


What UCT's signs, symbols and signatures say – join the discussion

Rhodes statue

Have you ever wondered why the statue of Rhodes still stands on upper campus, or found yourself in a heated debate on what's African about UCT? These are the kinds of questions UCT will be tackling in a new series of discussions, under the banner of transformation, starting on Monday 16 March. You're invited.


Do you think the SA economy will be better in five years?

David Lipton

A few hands went up when the question was asked: "Do you think the economy in South Africa will be better in five years' time?" David Lipton, the first deputy managing director of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund, was speaking to a packed School of Economics' seminar room on a whirlwind visit to UCT earlier this month.


UCT to host Absa Cape Epic Prologue for the first time

Cape Epic

The University of Cape Town will for the first time play host to the Absa Cape Epic Prologue on Sunday, 15 March 2015. This year's race will see 1 200 participants ride 20km and climb 600m on the slopes of Table Mountain to earn their seeding in the seven days of stage racings to follow.


Leadership is not for the faint-hearted says Manuel

Trevor Manuel

A group of young African leaders are currently at UCT for a two-week residential course titled Leading in Public Life. The course forms part of the Building Bridges programme offered by the university's Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice. Former finance minister Trevor Manuel outlined what challenges they would face as leaders at the course's launch.


UCT declares 9 to 15 March 'Cycling Week'

UCT cycling

Thanks to an initiative from the University of Cape Town's 80-member strong cycling club, the university has declared the week of 9 to 15 March UCT Cycling Week.


Praise for PRAESA's Nal'ibali campaign


Nal'ibali, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education's (PRAESA) reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has been awarded the Best Contribution to Language Development prize at the annual Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards.


Baboons under fire


The fires that have been ravaging the Cape Peninsula have raised concerns about the survival of local animal populations – especially the area's already beleaguered baboons. Professor Justin O'Riain, head of UCT's Baboon Research Unit, talks about what measures are in place to help baboons in a crisis.


Peninsula fires right on cue

Man Booker Prize

As devastating as the ongoing fires around the Peninsula have been to property and tracts of nature reserve, regular fires every 15 years are critical to the rebirth of fynbos-dominated ecosystems, says fynbos ecologist Dr Adam West.


Reflecting on the life and work of André Brink

Man Booker Prize

Past and present members of UCT's Department of English remember a writer, a friend, a colleague, a teacher, and a source of inspiration – the late André P Brink.


Man Booker International at the University of Cape Town

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker International Prize will be announcing its 2015 finalists at UCT – the first time an event of this nature is being held on the African continent. In celebration of this partnership, UCT will be hosting a series of associated events.


A time traveller's guide to the next ten years in SA

SA RoadDr Frans Cronje – CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) – paints a less-than-rosy picture of South Africa's mid-term socioeconomic and political future. At a seminar in February, he outlined three political scenarios for the country, and their possible outcomes.


Literary giant remembered

Brink MemorialAt a memorial service on Monday 2 March, André Brink was remembered as a friend, a colleague, a teacher, a source of inspiration, and a writer whose "sympathy was always clearly with the downtrodden".


Young entrepreneurs making a difference

Sizwe Nizma In current economic times the need for entrepreneurs is greater than ever. The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development's Cape Town campus – based at UCT's Graduate School of Business – aims to empower young people on their entrepreneurial journeys to rise above social, financial and academic constraints to reach their full potential.


Kidney transplants a viable option for some HIV-positive patients

Professor Elmi Muller The survival rates of HIV-positive patients who have received kidney transplants from HIV-positive donors are showing significant success, according to a recently published paper by UCT academics.


The conundrum of provisional truth in science

Professor Bengt Gustafsson Leading astrophysicist Professor Bengt Gustafsson asked researchers to consider the way they express 'provisional truth' in their quest for knowledge, when he addressed a packed lecture theatre in the New Snape Building earlier this month.


Trackers show vultures on decline

Bearded Vultures

The third of March is World Wildlife Day. Did you know that there are only 400 bearded vultures left in the wild in southern Africa? A team of UCT researchers has used aerospace technology to study the role humans play in the steep decline of this critically endangered species.


Ad hominem promotions celebrated

Faculty of Health Sciences ad hominem promotions

The university celebrated the achievements and recent ad hominem promotions of 104 members of staff at an event on 17 February 2015 at Smuts Dining Hall.


UCT launches student start-up revolution

UCT dance troupeAn uprising of a different kind was launched recently when Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price announced the start of a 20-week initiative in which UCT students are invited to imagine a new Africa.


Study tips for new students

Load shedding

Student life is exciting, but it can also be bewildering – especially when it comes to the actual work. Here are some tips to help you navigate the challenges and make the most of your student experience.


UCT three get royal honours

Queen's Award

Three UCT philanthropists are among 60 young leaders to receive an award from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of their work in local communities.


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