0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   A A A | Print  Print this page 0

NEWSROOM & PUBLICATIONS

Debates in Higher Education

UCT correspondence around #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing

Recent protest action on university campuses nationwide has drawn attention to critical issues affecting the higher education arena, and the country more broadly. What started in early 2015 at UCT with calls for the removal of the Rhodes statue has grown to include calls to end rising student fees, outsourcing of workers, police brutality and patriarchal practices on campus. Below is UCT correspondence connected to the #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing movements.


Student protest
Photo by Roger Sedres

Student protesters must move beyond hashtags to real change
Published: 27 November 2015

The Conversation

John Higgins, the Arderne Chair of Literature, with interests in higher education as well as topics in literary, cultural and political studies at the University of Cape Town, writes in The Conversation.

Read the story


Statement from UCT Alumni Zurich Chapter
Released: 21 November 2015

UCT Alumni Zurich Chapter

The UCT Alumni Association Zurich Chapter has issued a statement regarding the current events at UCT and the general context of student protests in South Africa, commending the university for its ability to contain and defuse potentially volatile situations with a broad range of groups.

Read the statement


Campus Announcement: Latest update
Released: 17h00, 19 November 2015

UCT

An overview of the most recent news from campus, particularly regarding exams, details of how the university is working to ensure exams are undisrupted, as well as other safety and security matters.

Read more


BAC statement against sexual and gender-based violence
Released: 12h00, 18 November 2015

UCT Black Academic Caucus

The UCT Black Academic Caucus is deeply concerned by the recent news that a student has been sexually violated at UCT. Rape and other forms of sexual violence and exploitation occur all too often on our campuses. BAC condemns all forms of gender- and sex-based violence. We recognise the courage of all survivors. Decolonising and transforming our universities includes addressing and eradicating all forms of violence and oppression.


Letter from the vice-chancellor on sexual violence
Released: 18h50, 17 November 2015

VC DeskVC Max Price writes to the UCT community, condemning acts of sexual violence on campus and committing the university to redouble efforts to educate a society in which such violations occur with distressing frequency.

Read more


Campus Announcement: Latest update
Released: 13h45, 17 November 2015

UCT

We appreciate the fact that the UCT community appreciates access to the latest information as soon as possible. To keep up to date with campus activities and new information, we encourage you to visit UCT's website and Facebook page regularly and to follow the official UCT Twitter account, @UCT_News. Here for your information and convenience, is the latest update.

Read more


Daily Maverick interview with VC Max Price
Released: 16 November 2015; Updated: 19 November 2015

UCT

In this two-part interview, VC Dr Max Price speaks with Marelise van der Merwe about the last few weeks in higher education, specifically regarding the nationwide (and UCT-specific) protests around university fees and outsourcing.

Read Part 1Read Part 2


Facts around disruption of exam at UCT
Released: 18h50, 16 November 2015

UCT

A small group of about seven protesters attempted to disrupt an exam at the Sports Centre on the evening of 16 November. Here are the details.

Read more


Commerce EDU staff on disruption of Senate
Released: 13h20, 12 November 2015

UCT

Staff from the Commerce Education Development Unit join a range of groupings in voicing their disquiet about acts of violence and intimidating behaviour that transpired at the special Senate meeting on the 9 November.

Read more


Campus Update on Key Developments
Released: 10h00, 11 November 2015

UCT

This note serves as an update on key developments on campus over the last few days. All updates appear on the UCT homepage first. This is collated here for your information and ease of reference.

Read more


Vice-Chancellor's Campus Update
Released: 11 November 2015

VC Desk

Exam time is always stressful; this year we have had the added stress of not knowing when exams would take place, uncertainties of whether there would be a calm environment and interruptions in access to libraries.

Read more


'Exam pressure different to other years'
Released: 11 November 2015

UCTUpper campus was calm on the day UCT exams officially started. While students and staff were upbeat about the prospect of things remaining this way for the whole of the exam period, some mentioned the uncertainty and how it added to the tension experienced by exam-writing students. View gallery

Read more


Campus Announcement: Jammie Shuttle running on schedule
Released: Wednesday, 11 November 2015

UCT

The University of Cape Town confirms one Jammie Shuttle bus was set alight in the early hours of Wednesday, 11 November 2015. The Fire Department quickly extinguished the blaze but the bus was destroyed. The busy was empty and at the depot at the time. Nobody was injured.

Read statement


EU Executive's response to disruption of special Senate meeting on 9 November 2015
Released: 22h00, 10 November 2015

UCT

UCT Employees Union condemns the physical and verbal assaults on the vice-chancellor and members of the Senate on 9 November, and calls upon UCT management to continue to exhaust all possible, alternative dispute resolution options available.

Read statement


Statements on disruption of senate meeting on 9 November 2015
Released: 08h00, 11 November 2015

UCT

A UCT Senate meeting was disbanded on 9 November 2015 after about 150 protesters disrupted proceedings. Tactics of protesters have been condemned by a range of UCT bodies.

Read their statements


EBE comments on disruption of Senate
Released: 10 November 2015

UCT

The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment is deeply troubled by the disruption of the Senate meeting on 9 November and condemns the disrespectful and abusive behaviour of the protesting group towards the university executive and academic staff. Any protest that relies on violence, verbal and physical abuse has no place at UCT. Such behaviour places the university and student body as a whole in disrepute and is not conducive to constructive debate or transformation.


Statement from health sciences' faculty on postponement of 9 November meeting
Released: 13h00, 10 November 2015

UCT

The Dean's Advisory Committee in the Faculty of Health Sciences voices its strong condemnation of the behaviour of a group of students and workers who disrupted the Senate meeting on Monday 9 November 2015.

Read more...


Reflecting on violence, conflict resolution and peace building
Released: 10 November 2015

UCT

Humanities' dean Prof Sakhela Buhlungu recently briefed members of his faculty on the disruption of an emergency meeting of Senate. As his letter circulated around the campus community, Assoc Prof Professor Mqhele E Dlodlo in the engineering faculty took the opportunity to build on his sentiments.

Read more...


Statement from members of Senate
Released: 11h42, 10 November 2015

UCT

Over 100 members of Senate have endorsed a statement condemning the "unlawful behaviour" shown at the disruption of special sitting of Senate on 9 November. Members express grave concern that "the office and person of the vice-chancellor has been assaulted" and the "dignity as well as constitutional rights of Senate and its members have been compromised".

Read more...


Statement of protest from CHED members of Senate
Released: 11h15, 10 November 2015

UCT

CHED members of Senate condemn acts of violence against the vice-chancellor and "the entire university community" at the disrupted Senate meeting of 9 November 2015.

Read more...


Black Academic Caucus statement in response to disruption of Senate
Released: 10h00, 10 November 2015

UCT

The Black Academic Caucus at UCT (BAC) strongly condemns the acts of violence that transpired during Monday's, 9 November, special Senate meeting. Those in attendance were subjected to humiliating, disrespectful, and unruly behaviour by individuals who disrupted the session.

Read more...


Exams go ahead as scheduled
Released: 10 November 2015

Exams

UCT's final exams started smoothly this morning, with upper campus peaceful and test venues quiet, but for the usual exam stress.

Read more...


GroundUp reports on disruption of senate meeting
Released: 10 November 2015

A UCT Senate meeting was disbanded on 9 November 2014 after about 150 protesters entered the meeting and disrupted the proceedings. Read the GroundUp article by Thembela Ntongana.


Statement from humanities' dean on disruption of senate
Released: 17h10, 10 November 2015

Prof Sakhela_Buhlungu

In this widely circulated email, Dean of Humanities Prof Sakhela Buhlungu briefs members of his faculty on the disruption of an emergency meeting of senate. In it, he emphasises how any form of protest that descends into verbal and physical abuse has no place at UCT and deserves condemnation by all members of the university community. Professor Mqhele E Dlodlo in the engineering faculty took the opportunity to build on his sentiments.


AU Executive response to the disruption of a Special Senate Meeting held on the 9th November 2015
Released: 10 November 2015

UCT

The UCT Academic Union condemns the disruption of Senate and says protesters "crossed the line".

Read statement


UCT Senate meeting disbands after disruption
Released: 18h00, 9 November 2015

UCTA Senate meeting at the University of Cape Town was disbanded today after about 150 individuals who were not members of Senate entered the meeting and disrupted the proceedings. Watch video.

Read more...


Important start to exams
Released: 9 November 2015

UCT

Medical students and those writing the exams towards a postgraduate diploma in accounting finished their papers without interruption on Monday, 9 November.

Read more...


Campus Announcement: Update on Exams and Campus activities
Released: Monday, 9 November 2015

UCT

Following the update the Vice-Chancellor sent yesterday, I write to let you know that campus activities are proceeding as scheduled today at the University of Cape Town.

Read more...


Black Academic Caucus statement
Released: 11h45, 9 November 2015

Black Academic Caucus

The Black Academic Caucus at UCT (BAC) is heartened by the contribution that various student-worker formations have made this year to transform and decolonise the university.

Read more...


Statement by the University Council
Released: 09h50, 9 November 2015

UCT

Rumours are circulating at UCT that as soon as exams are finished, outsourced workers will be victimised, dismissed and negatively treated in other ways. This is not true.

Read more...


Campus Announcement, 8 November - Exams
Updated: 12h22, 20 November 2015; released: 17h26, 8 November 2015

Exams

Exams will proceed as scheduled for students who wish to proceed with the November 2015 exams. The option to defer to January 2016 has been re-opened.

Read more...

UCT commitment to completing exams
Released: 16h30, 8 November 2015

VC Desk

This is a further update to the University community concerning the exams that continue this coming week, and the ongoing engagements that we are having with certain student groupings and workers.

Read more...

UCT & Law Library open
Released: 13h46, 8 November 2015

UCT

The UCT library and the Law library are open from 14h00 to 19h00 today, Sunday 8 November 2015. The two 24/7 facilities in the main library will be open from 19h00 this evening, Sunday 8 November 2015 to 8h00 tomorrow morning, Monday 9 November 2015.


From the VC's Desk: Update on UCT developments
Released: 19h52, 7 November 2015

UCT

I write to you at the end of a week in which much has happened. My intention is to keep everyone in the UCT community informed. I recognise and apologise that we have not been able to share updates more often.

Read more...


Update on UCT developments
Released: 18h20, 6 November 2015

UCT

This is to inform you that a group of mostly workers today marched to Bremner Building and demanded to meet with the University of Cape Town executive. They have disputed whether the NEHAWU Joint Shop Stewards Council has represented them adequately in the insourcing agreement. The executive is currently in discussions with the group in an attempt to find a way forward.

Read more...


UCT working towards starting exams next week
Released: 14h10, 4 November 2015

UCT committed to helping students succeed

UCT operations are in full swing. Students are hard at work studying and there is a focus all around the campus on preparing for exams. Consolidation week is a critical time in our calendar and we are very pleased to see both undergraduates and postgraduates in the library and residence rooms committing themselves to their work.

Read more...


Statement from the Executive on the Interdict and Police action on campus
Released: 16h00, 1 November 2015

UCT

In terms of the interdict and the action by members of the SAPS on campus on 19 and 20 October 2015 the executive wishes to state that the only intention with obtaining the interdict was to protect the UCT community against unlawful behaviour if and when it occurred.

Read more...


Video: Message from the VC
Released: 10h00, 31 October 2015

Video: Message from the VC

UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price reflects on how, in a matter of a week or so, the terrain of higher education – within the universities and within government – has changed dramatically.

Read more...


Of statues, symbolism, interdicts and insourcing! Where to next for UCT?
Released: 20h30, 30 October 2015

Exams

Dr Russell Ally, executive director of UCT's Department of Alumni and Development, reflects on the implications of 2015, a year that began with the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes and will end with the return of outsourced workers.

Read more...


NEHAWU celebrates decision to abolish outsourcing at UCT
Released: 19h10, 30 October 2015

Exams

Chairperson of UCT's NEHAWU Joint Shop Stewards Council Mzomhle Bixa celebrates the historic reversal of UCT's outsourcing policy following the agreement of 28 October, which will see the insourcing of the six outsourced services, including cleaning, residence catering, gardening, campus security and staff and student transport.

Read the signed agreement and the 30 October statement from NEHAWU


Exams to be held from 10 to 27 November 2015
Released: 19h10, 30 October 2015

Exams

UCT's Senate Executive Committee, meeting with chairs of faculty student councils and representatives of the Academics Union on 30 October, reached an agreement about exams.

Read more...

EBE statement of solidarity
Released: 30 October 2015

Statement by the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment stands in solidarity with the students in their struggle for affordable higher education for all South Africans.

Read more...

VC calls for differentiated fee structure
Released: 11h30, 30 October 2015

Max Price

Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price proposed a fundamental rethink of university fee structures and that government reviews its financial aid scheme as potential long-term solutions to a looming funding crisis in higher education.

Read more...

UCT abolishes outsourcing
Released: 29 October 2015

UCT abolishes outsourcing

UCT management and worker representatives signed an historic agreement on 28 October to absorb outsourced workers onto the university payroll.

Read more...

UCT NEHAWU JSSC Insourcing Agreement and Compact
Released: 08h00, 29 October 2015

UCT

The University of Cape Town management and Nehawu Joint Shop Stewards Council signed an agreement yesterday, 28 October 2015.

Read more...

Update on UCT developments
Released: 14h00, 28 October 2015

Counselling support available

There have been several key developments over the last days at the University of Cape Town. For your convenience we have listed the key decisions here.

Read more...

UCT agrees to principle of insourcing
Released: 09h30, 28 October 2015

VC Desk

On 27 October 2015, the UCT executive, with the support of Council, made a commitment to the principle of insourcing. A process to determine the modalities, framework and timeframes of the implementation will need to be agreed upon by all parties involved.

Read more...


Counselling support available
Released: 21h25, 27 October; Updated: 3 November 2015

Counselling support available

Events on campus and the rest of the country have been tumultuous recently. If you have been exposed to trauma of any kind during this period, we encourage you to consider getting support from a counsellor.

Read more...

Council discussion of 24 October 2015
Released: 23h30, 25 October 2015

VC Desk

After careful consideration we advise that the campus will be closed from Monday, 26 October 2015 to Friday, 30 October 2015.

Read more...


Update from Saturday 24 October 2015
Released: 16h20, 24 October 2015

Latest Update

A full update about all of the news and happenings at UCT related to the #FeesMustFall protest.

Read more...


UCT Post-doctoral Association's #FeesMustFall solidarity statement
Released: 14h10, 24 October 2015

Solidarity statement

The University of Cape Town’s Post-Doctoral Association stands in solidarity with the students who have been protesting across South Africa over the past week.

Read more...


Exam update
Released: 14h00, 24 October 2015

Exam update

The set of exams due to have been written in the period 27 October to 13 November 2015 has been postponed.

Read more...


Academics march in solidarity with students
Released: 23 October 2015

Academics march in solidarity with students

UCT was the setting for extraordinary scenes as some 2 000 students and staff gathered to march against the excessive use of force in a week marked by clashes between the police and students demanding no fee increase next year.

Read more...


Statement from the Deans Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences
Released: 08h00, 27 October 2015

Statement from the Deans Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) continues to support the demand for equitable access to good quality higher education.

Read the full statement...

Latest update
Released: 18h30, 23 October 2015

Statement by the Faculty of Law

An update regarding the #UCTFeesMustFall protest from end-of-day 23 October 2015.

Read more...


Statement by the Faculty of Law on the use of violence by SAPS
Released: 17h45, 23 October 2015

Statement by the Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law at UCT expresses great concern for the safety of protesting students and calls on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to act in accordance with the law – specifically section 9 of the Regulation of Gatherings Act 205 of 1993 – when it is required to manage student gatherings and protests.

Read more...


CHED releases statement of solidarity
Released: 17h45, 23 October 2015

Students Abroad

CHED stands in solidarity with South Africa's students and all their supporters in the fight against all barriers to access and success in Higher Education. This includes the current protests against financial barriers as well as other barriers that students may experience, such as language, inappropriate curriculum, poor teaching and learning and an alienating culture.

Read more...


South Africans studying abroad express solidarity for #FeesMustFall protests
Released: 15h30, 23 October 2015

Students Abroad

A large group of South African students abroad, and alumni of South African universities currently studying or living overseas, have mobilised around the #FeesMustFall campaign. Many based in or near London have converged on South Africa House on 23 October. Here is their statement of solidarity, strongly condemning the disproportionate use of force by police, and criminalisation of student protest action.

Read more...


Statement on the #FeesMustFall campaign from the Poverty and Inequality Initiative
Released: 15h30, 23 October 2015

Latest Update

UCT's Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII) expresses its support for students in their quest for more affordable university education. The PII also commits to undertake further research on the situation of poorer students at UCT and on South Africa?s campuses in order to find ways to better support disadvantaged students at the tertiary level.

Read more...


Graduate School of Business response to student protests
Released: 13h15, 23 October 2015

Latest Update

The GSB supports the rights of students and staff to protest freely and peacefully around the critical issue of inclusive access to education, and supports the immediate and complete lifting of the interdict to enable peaceful engagement – saying that "nothing less than the future shape and health of our country" is at stake. In solidarity, the GSB has closed its campus until further notice.

Read more...


Joint Statement: Excessive Use of Force by the South African Police Service (SAPS)
Released: 23 October 2015

UCT

UCT's Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) and Centre for Criminology speak out against the excessive force used by SAPS Public Order Policing members against unarmed protesting students at Parliament and in other parts of South Africa this week.

Read more...


#FeesMustFall: Jameson Plaza boils
Released: 22 October 2015

Academics march in solidarity with students

Thousands of UCT students, staff and outsourced workers marched to Jameson Plaza from Lower Campus on 22 October with demands to end fee increases and outsourcing, and to express their fury at the way the protesting students, staff and workers had been brutally treated by police this week.

Read more...


Latest update
Released: 22 October 2015

Latest Update

An update regarding the #UCTFeesMustFall protest from end-of-day 22 October 2015, outlining how a process to lift the interdict issued on Monday 19 October has been set in motion; and how UCT management has undertaken to work with SAPS and the prosecutor to have the charges against 23 students from Tuesday 20 October withdrawn.

Read more...


UCT today: Bulletin 2
Released: 21h30, 22 October 2015

UCT today: Bulletin 2

UCT remained closed today, and will be closed tomorrow, Friday 23 October 2015.

Read more...

UCT academics' demands relating to #FeesMustFall
Released: 22 October 2015

UCT academics' demands relating to #FeesMustFall

The Academics Union and the Black Academics Caucus hosted a meeting of about 200 concerned academics about the recent events around the #FeesMustFall campaign. This group identified a number of shared points of concern, which they shared with the university community.

Read more...


UCT today and exams
Released: 13h30, 22 October 2015

UCT today and exams

The situation at UCT and on all the country's campuses is critical and without precedent. It calls for unprecedented action. The objective must be to ensure access to higher education.

Read the full statement...

How South Africa's higher education leaders missed a golden opportunity
Released: 05:37, 22 October 2015

Missed Opportunity

There were several elephants in the room at the South African Higher Education Summit which ran just as university students were beginning a nationwide series of protests against fees, writes Suellen Shey, dean of UCT’s Centre for Higher Education Development. She highlights the urgent need to address issues of financial affordability of a university education, and then broaden the agenda to other critical issues of access and success.

Read more...


Statement from the Deans Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences
Released: 10h45, 22 October 2015

Statement from the Deans Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences supports the national student call to address the inequitable access to higher education in South Africa.

Read the full statement...

Statement by Barney Pityana, UCT President of Convocation
Released: 09h30, 22 October 2015

Statement by Barney Pityana, UCT President of Convocation

A statement from UCT President of Convocation Barney Pityana: condemning the violence with which the police treated protesters on 21 October 2015; supporting all South Africans' right to protest peacefully and lawfully; calling on the state to demonstrate a commitment to adjust spending and review budget priorities; and highlighting the urgent need for dialogue among all stakeholders.

Read the full statement...

UCT is closed today: Thursday, 22 October 2015
Released: 07h00, updated 09h15, 22 October 2015

UCT will be closed on 21 October 2015

The situation is such on campus that safety and security cannot be guaranteed. Please refrain from coming onto campus. If you are participating in the protest action please do so lawfully.

Read more...

Blade Nzimande and universities aim for 6% increase in student fees
Released: 21 October 2015

Statement by Minister Blade Nzimande

On 20 October 2015 – in response to the current wave of student protests at universities around the country – various vice-chancellors met with Minister for Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to discuss student fee increases. Here is the minister's statement following this gathering.

Read more...

The University of Cape Town will be closed on Wednesday 21 October 2015
Released: 20h30, 20 October 2015

UCT will be closed on 21 October 2015

This closure is in response to the national student call for the government to deal with the funding crisis affecting all tertiary institutions.

The day will provide an opportunity for student protest, which must remain lawful and respect the rights of those who choose not to join the protest.


BAC condemns police action at UCT
Released: 20 October 2015

BAC Statement

The Black Academic Caucus took a dim view of the police's treatment and arrest of students that occupied Bremner on 19 October, asking who had authorised the use of force against students and how such action relates to transformation at UCT.

Read more...

Op-Ed: Why is the state not a target of student protests?
Released: 12:37, 20 October 2015

Judith February Op-Ed in the Daily Maverick

Judith February asks where the Minister of Higher Education and Training, and the SA President have been while universities across the country shut down in the midst of protests against fee increases. This article first appeared in the Daily Maverick on 20 October 2015.

Read more...

Cosatu supports protesting students
Released: 20 October 2015

COSATU Statement

Cosatu in reaction to recent student protest action called for free education arguing that universities are not student-centred and that government intervention is needed to rectify this.

Read more...

Upper, middle and lower campus closed again today
Released: 10h25, 20 October 2015

UCT

This morning we made the decision again to close down the upper, middle and lower campuses at the University of Cape Town. Again, we do so because protesters barricaded entrance roads and the situation presented a safety and security risk to staff and students.

Read more...

UCT campus access update
Released: 08h30, 20 October 2015

UCT

The University of Cape Town confirms that upper, middle and lower campus are inaccessible due to protest action.

Read more...

UCT operations to return to normal on Tuesday
Released: 22h45, 19 October 2015

UCT

I am writing to inform you that university operations will proceed as normal tomorrow. Whilst we cannot predict all possible scenarios, we wish for the University of Cape Town to return to normal business as soon as possible. A High Court interdict granted on Monday, 19 October 2015, prevents any protester from interfering with university business.

Read more...

BAC believes increase in government funding is needed
Released: 19 October 2015

BAC Statement

The Black Academic Caucus in its reaction to student protest urged UCT officials to consult widely regarding fee increases and believes that higher education minister Blade Nzimande must ultimately be engaged around the issue of increasing university funding from government.

Read more...

Excluding students from university because of lack of funds may be unconstitutional
Released: 19 October 2015

Prof Pierre de Vos in Constitutionally Speaking

Professor Pierre De Vos argues that because access to higher education is a right and not a privilege, those responsible for making it difficult for middle class and poor students to attend university may be in breach of their constitutional duties. This article first appeared on De Vos' blog, Constitutionally Speaking on 19 October 2015.

Read more...

Negotiation needed in fee increase dispute
Released: 19 October 2015

UCT Student Protest

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande in his statement on 19 October about student protests against fee increases, encouraged negotiation and urged students to allow space for such negotiations to be resolved.

Read more...

Student protests: UCT flexes its muscles
Released: 10:43, 19 October 2015

Rebecca Davis in the Daily Maverick

Rebecca Davis reflects on Monday 19 October's protests against fee increases at UCT, capturing sentiments from students, workers and members of the university executive. This article first appeared in the Daily Maverick.

Read more...

Behind the university funding crisis
Released: 19 October 2015

UCT Student Protest

Belinda Bozzoli, DA Shadow Minister of Higher Education and Training, maintains in this article published on Politicsweb on 19 October that core subsidy has consistently fallen in real terms in relation to student numbers, which have, in turn, risen dramatically.

Read more...

UCT expresses concern about protesters interfering with campus activity
Released: 14h30, 19 October 2015

UCT

UCT confirms that a group of about two hundred students are gathered outside the Bremner Building. The Acting Vice Chancellor and some senior members of the executive are with them. The executive remain committed to discussion and are attempting to persuade the group to join them at the table for talks.

Read more...

All activities cancelled on upper, middle and lower campus at UCT
Released: 11h00, 19 October 2015

UCT

All lectures, academic and other operation on UPPER CAMPUS, MIDDLE AND LOWER CAMPUS at the University of Cape Town have been suspended for today, Monday, 19 October 2015.

Read more...

Fees, financial aid and protest action
Released: 20h30, 18 October 2015

UCT

The recent student demonstrations nationwide are of concern to us all. In  many instances these protest actions bring focus to critical issues affecting the higher education arena and this is important. Most times the protest actions are within the parameters of the law as protestors exercise their constitutional right to freedom of expression, whilst respecting the rights of others.

Read more...

"It should be unlawful to stop brilliant students from completing their degrees because of lack of funds"
Released: 16 October 2015

Gilles Baro in the Daily Dispatch

Gilles Baro is a lecturer and doctoral student at the University of the Witwatersrand. As the protests over proposed fee increases continue, he argues in this piece from the Daily Dispatch why students and staff who have remained on the sidelines should stand in solidarity with the protestors.

Read more...

Outsourcing is most efficient, cost effective option for UCT support services
Released: 16h00, 6 October 2015

UCT

The University of Cape Town notes the demands by members of Rhodes Must Fall (RMF), the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) and other movements to abolish outsourcing of essential services at the university.

Read more...

Boycott of food vendors on campus
Released: 23h30, 5 October 2015

UCT

UCT acknowledges the right to boycott and emphasises that students and staff and others on campus also have the right to access services.

Read more...

College of Wardens' position on gender discrimination and patriarchy
Released: 15h00, 2 October 2015

UCT

As the College of Wardens at UCT we acknowledge that patriarchy is an oppressive system that unfortunately continues to dominate our society and our university in particular.

Read more...

back to top

 


Rhodes Falls/Transformation Edition