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Please note that demolition work will cause some noise from 20-30 April on upper campus. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
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EVENTS

UCT Open Day 2015
18 Apr

Teaching with Visuals, Part 1
20 Apr

Why I am No Longer a Non-Racialist: Identity, Difference, Citizenship by Associate Prof Suren Pillay
20 Apr

Technocrats, Elections and Social Protection in Ghana, by Ed Grebe
21 Apr

The Cape Consort Concert
21 Apr

Quantum Oddities, Realism and the Philosophy of Science by Dr Jack Ritchie
21 Apr

'Non-Normative' Sexual and Gender Diversities in Africa
21 Apr

Teaching with Visuals, Part 1 (rpt)
22 Apr

Queer in Africa Re-imagined Symposium
22 Apr

The Economic Consequences of AIDS mortality in South Africa, by A/Prof Cally Ardington
23 Apr

Transform UCT

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What started as a question around whether UCT should continue to house a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on its campus has become a much larger movement for change, a call to re-imagine and re-engage with what a transformed African and South African university looks like – whether in terms of its ethos, curriculum, research, symbols, policies or demographics.

UPDATE: While the Rhodes statue has been temporarily removed, UCT is applying for its permanent removal – a process that involves a public consultation process. Mail rhodes.statue@chand.co.za to comment on this final step.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

SRC 2015 says #NoToXenophobia

Xenophobia

UCT's Students' Representative Council (SRC) strongly condemns the xenophobic attacks against fellow Africans that have been taking place in KwaZulu-Natal and its surrounding areas.

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Give us another space, says RMF

RMF press conference

At a press conference on Jameson Plaza on 13 April, the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement made three demands: that the university provides a space to replace 'Azania House', that it does not prosecute or discipline students for inappropriate behaviour in the run up to the removal of the Rhodes statue on 9 April, and that it continue removing "imperialist, patriarchal and colonial" symbols and statues.

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TransformUCT: 'The future is watching'

The Future is Watching

TransformUCT – a group of black academics committed to transformation at the university – appeals for earnest engagement around transformation.

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Transformation: Vibrant student spaces needed

Vibrant student spaces needed

In the aftermath of the Rhodes statue's removal comes a signed statement expressing concern regarding UCT management's recent response to the Rhodes Must Fall student campaign and calling for more spaces in which students can talk and reflect on transformation transparently.

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Explorations in South African flute music

Explorations in South African flute music

"Music chooses you, and not the other way around," says flautist and lecturer Dr Liesl Stoltz, about how and why she recorded the first CD of flute music by South African composers.

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Why we should care about dust – and the crucial role it plays in our climate

Huab Valley

Dust doesn't get a lot of attention until it makes us sneeze or collects in dark corners, or blows up in dramatic storms. However, that is beginning to change.

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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsZimbabwe: rule of law under the cosh?

The rule of law is falling victim to political machinations in Zimbabwe, and this could be eroding one of the core pillars propping up that country's democracy, says Beatrice Mtetwa.

Mtetwa, a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, was speaking at UCT's law faculty on 16 March, as part of the inaugural 'Leading in Public Life' programme at the university.

The law's power over Zimbabwe's policies and actions was being compromised from many sides, said Mtetwa. For instance, the country's previous constitution was amended often, seemingly to overcome court findings of unconstitutionality. This rendered 'precedent' meaningless, she said.

It was hoped that the new Zimbabwean constitution would lead to an improvement in the independence of the judiciary, for example, but this has not proven the case. Mtetwa pointed to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's recent remarks – about a challenge to the expulsion of members of the ruling party – put pressure on the judiciary. While the chief justice made a formal statement describing the comment as inappropriate, the damage to the independence of the judiciary was already done, she said.

"Whichever way the courts find, the public will believe the decision would not have come about had the statement not been made by the president," said Mtetwa. "The casualty of this is the rule of law."

This 'arbitrariness' in the law could have dire consequences for human rights, democracy and economic development, all of which lean heavily on the rule of law.

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