Foreword by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo

10 Oct 2013 - 11:00

Great divideThe previous quarter has been nothing if not eventful.

The visit from US President Barack Obama at the end of June marked a special moment in UCT's history - the first time a US president has given an address on campus .

As the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price (currently on sabbatical), observed in his welcome address before Obama's inspirational speech, the president's visit was rich in symbolism and echoed the 1966 UCT visit by the late Senator Robert Kennedy, whose words of support and encouragement gave hope during the darkest days of apartheid.

Shortly after President Obama's visit came the news that research by Dr Kelly Chibale's team at the H3-D drug discovery and development centre had received a significant international accolade. H3-D's effort to find a single-dose cure for malaria was named the 2012 project of the year by the Medicines for Malaria Venture.

Research advances are a feature of life at UCT throughout the year. In this issue we discover the innovative use of drama to build community support in the Worcester area ahead of forthcoming clinical trials by the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI). Based at UCT's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, SATVI remains Africa's largest dedicated TB vaccine research group.

August witnessed Dr Max Price take up his second term as Vice-Chancellor and he gave members of the UCT community an opportunity to ask questions about some of the University's advances - and corresponding challenges - in relation to many aspects of university life, including transformation, student access and employment equity. Read more...

You may be particularly proud to know that August also saw SHAWCO celebrate its 70th anniversary. While several events helped mark this milestone for one of the world's largest student volunteer organisations, we take the opportunity to reflect on SHAWCO's origins and see how it continues to be of service to communities throughout the Cape Peninsula ).

As an alumnus, we continue to value your role as a graduate of our institution and as a UCT ambassador in which ever role your find yourself. We bring your news of these highlights and other notable endeavours from around the university with the hope that news of our staff and students will continue to inspire you and strengthen your bonds with your alma mater.