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VC Desk: Assistance is available to help prevent suicide
Released: 17h00, 23 April 2016

UCT

VC Max Price writes to the UCT community about the new SADAG UCT Student Careline: 0800 24 25 26 free from a Telkom line, or SMS 31393 for a call-me-back.

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Clarification on the Role of the Council Task Team on Statues, Plaques and Artworks

Task Team on Statue

A Task Team on Statues, Plaques and Artworks was set up in September 2015 to make recommendations to the UCT Council.

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VC Desk: UCT is committed to responding to sexual violence on campus
Released: 11h50, 15 April 2016

Acting VC Professor Sandra Klopper writes to the UCT community about sexual violence on campus.

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Campus Update
Released: 10h30, 15 April 2016

We are writing to alert you to a number of matters.

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VC Desk: Ad hominem academic promotions
Released: 14h30, 12 April 2016

DVC Desk

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce on behalf of Senate that a total of 112 academic and technical staff members of the University of Cape Town have been promoted in 2016. These staff members will be honoured through a celebratory event to take place on Tuesday, 19 April 2016.

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VC Desk: Update on engagement and discussion around the display of art on campus
Released: 13h00, 11 April 2016

VC Desk

Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price responds to public concerns regarding the removal of specific works of art at UCT and emphasises the debate and discussion required to decide how works of art should be displayed on campus.

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VC Desk: Council ratifies DISCHO review recommendations
Released: 16h15, 5 April 2016

VC Max Price writes to the UCT community about the DISCHO (Discrimination and Harassment Office) review, providing full reports from the review panel, from DISCHO staff on conclusion of the report, and from UCT's executive.

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Campus Announcement: Protest action and traffic alert
Released: 15h55, 5 April 2016

We are writing to alert and inform you of protest action at the University of the Witwatersrand, and to give you a traffic alert for upper campus for UCT Mathematics competition.

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VC Desk: Naming of Buildings
Released: 14h40, 30 March 2016

VC Max Price invites the UCT community to participate in the process of reconsidering the names of buildings at the university.

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Transforming UCT

Transforming UCT

What has UCT done in the last 12 months to create meaningful structural, economic and social change in the institution? In a recent letter to the university (dated 11 March 2016), Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price reflects on UCT's transformation journey: how far the institution has come and what it is committing to for the rest of 2016.

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Campus Announcement: UCT regrets to confirm tragic death of a student
Released: 11h00, 18 March 2016

The University of Cape Town regrets to confirm that a student, Khanyile Simamukele, tragically passed away at Forest Hill residence yesterday evening. She was a third-year student majoring in gender studies and anthropology.

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Campus Announcement: Latest update
Released: 14h55, 16 March 2016

The latest Campus Announcement serves to alert and inform the campus community of a number of matters.

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VC Desk: Austerity measures at UCT
Released: 10h30, 14 March 2016

VC Desk

VC Max Price writes to the UCT staff to contextualise the austerity measures that will be implemented between now and 2018.

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Campus Announcement: Road and parking closures for marathon and Nominations for the TB Davie Memorial Lecture

A number of roads around UCT will be closed from Thursday, 24 March to Tuesday, 29 March because of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 26 March. The Academic Freedom Committee invites UCT staff and students to submit nominations for the 2017 TB Davie Memorial Lecture.

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UCT decisions in relation to attacks in the Rhodes Memorial area
Released: 14h15, 11 March 2016

Further to the recent campus announcement, UCT has made the following decisions today in relation to the attacks in the Rhodes Memorial area.

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VC Desk: On transformation: looking back at 2015
Released: 12h00, 11 March 2016

VC Desk

VC Max Price writes to the UCT community about the university's record of transformation in 2015, marking the anniversary of the start of the #RhodesMustFall (RMF) protests.

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Campus Announcement: UCT devastated to confirm student rape; suspected link to Rhodes Memorial incidents
Released: 10h30, 10 March 2016

The University of Cape Town is devastated to confirm that yet another female UCT student was brutally attacked, assaulted and raped off campus on Tuesday evening, 8 March 2016.

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Campus Announcement: Latest update
Released: 16h00, 09 March 2016

We are writing to update you on a number of recent developments on campus which we would like to bring to your attention.

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Interim interdict to protect UCT community

UCT

Update on interdict process, Friday, 4 March 2016

Developments regarding further legal processes, externally through the High Court as well as internally at UCT, will be approached with due consideration, fairness and in alignment with the values of the university.

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Staff make a statement

UCT staff

Events on campus during February 2016 have inspired UCT staff to open two petitions, and issue a number of statements.

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Campus Announcement: Cancellation of tonight's Varsity Cup match

UCT

The organisers of the Varsity Cup have taken the difficult decision to postpone the rugby match that was due to take place tonight.

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Interim interdict to protect UCT community

UCT

Update on interdict process, Friday, 26 February 2016

UCT to seek reasons for setting aside interim interdict against De Waal Hugo

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VC Desk: Importance of keeping UCT open for debate
Released: 13h55, 24 February 2016

VC Desk

VC Max Price writes to the campus community about the importance of engaging in respectful debate on campus.

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Op-ed: The burning issue of campus violence

Op-ed: The burning issue of campus violence

The recent RMF violence and vandalism on campus, which saw paintings and vehicles burnt and the vice-chancellor?s office petrol bombed, feeds a ?grim South African tradition of violence? and reflects a worrying myopia, writes UCT?s Dr Robert Morrell in the Daily Maverick.

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DVC Desk: Campus Update on recent developments
Released: 11h40, 24 February 2016

UCT

DVC Professor Francis Petersen, chair of the special executive task team, writes to the UCT community with an update on recent developments on campus.

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Campus Announcement: Cleaning of 5 buildings underway

UCT

Five buildings on upper campus are being cleaned, after sewage was thrown into them in the early hours of the morning. Campus security and traffic officers are monitoring all entrances to ensure safe access for students and staff members.

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UCT investigates improper use of campus email
Updated: 16h00, 22 February 2016

UCT

If you've received a statement purporting to be from the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement, that had been made to look like it has been sent from UCT accounts (including the SRC email account), please note: this email was not sent from a UCT account, nor has UCT endorsed the message of the mailer.

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UCT

Interim interdict to protect UCT community

After Tuesday evening's violence and vandalism on campus, 16 people and a 17th respondent, "anyone who associates themselves with unlawful conduct at any of the university's premises", have been interdicted by the Western Cape Division of the High Court of South Africa and their activities on campus restrained.

Read the application - Released: 16h05, 17 February 2016
Read the interim interdict - Granted: 20h15, 17 February 2016

Read the latest developments regarding the interdict...


'There is no excuse' for sexual violence

'There is no excuse' for sexual violence

The Students' Representative Council kicked off their 'There is no Excuse' campaign against sexual violence, harrassment and rape in front of a large student gathering on the plaza on Thursday.

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NSFAS process for additional funding in 2016

NSFAS process for additional funding in 2016

A circular from NSFAS to all university vice-chancellors, dated 17 January 2016, outlines guidelines on the administration process of additional funding.

Read the circular notice here

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AU Executive response to student protests on 16 February 2016

AU Executive response to student protests

UCT Academics Union Executive writes of their dismay about recent acts of vandalism and the destruction of property by student protestors, calling the behaviour unjustifiable and unacceptable. They affirm their support of the right to protest, but believe that this right must be exercised while respecting the rights of others.

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On the destruction of art and the loss of collective histories

On the destruction of art and the loss of collective histories

Assoc Prof Fritha Langerman, director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, condemns the destruction of artworks and the threat to university collections, calling the loss of five works by Keresemose Richard Baholo, the first black student to receive a master’s degree in fine art at UCT, “particularly tragic”.

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Violence clouds legitimate student issues

Violence clouds legitimate student issues

UCT would always support and protect legitimate, peaceful protest but "drew the line" at criminality and violence on campus, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price said at a press conference after last night's Rhodes Must Fall campaign of violence, intimidation and vandalism on campus.

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The last 24 hours on campus
Released: 14h20, 17 February 2016

UCT's account of the escalation of protest into public violence in the last 24 hours on campus, and steps being taken to keep staff and students safe, and the campus community informed.

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VC DESK: UCT committed to a safe study and work environment
Released: 23h50, 16 February 2016

VC Dr Max Price responds to the escalation of protest action on campus, outlining measures the university has taken to bring the situation under control.

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Media Release: Jammie bus set alight, another stoned by protesting students

The University of Cape Town confirms that a Jammie Shuttle was set alight this evening on Lower Campus outside Tugwell residence. The bus was empty and nobody was hurt.

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UCT condemns RMF vandalism and violence
Released: 20h20, 16 February 2016

Following the escalation of Rhodes Must Fall protest action, UCT issues a call for all students and staff to avoid upper campus altogether.

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UCT requests RMF to move shack from Residence Road
Released: 16h30, 16 February 2016

UCT's executive confirms that it has requested members of RhodesMustFall to move the shack from Residence Road to an alternative space nearby.

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DVC Desk: Campus Update
Released: 16h55, 16 February 2016

DVC Professor Francis Petersen, chair of the special executive task team, writes to the UCT community with an update on the work of the task team.

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UCT protects rights to lawful protests

Protest action is part of the fibre of UCT as an institution and we will always protect this right. But protest action may not interfere with the right of others to participate in the official business of the university.

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VC Desk: Appointment of special assistant to DVC Petersen
Released: 12h00, 11 February 2016

VC Max Price announces the appointment of Prof Hugh Corder as special assistant to DVC Prof Francis Petersen.

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Campus Announcement: UCT condemns hate speech in any form
Released: 13h00, 11 February 2016

UCT condemns in the strongest terms possible any act or expression that incites violence or promotes hate speech or intimidation in any form.

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DVC Desk: Update on private security on campus
Released: 16h00, 9 February 2016

The Vice Chancellor wrote to you on 31 January 2016 on the issue of security and particularly private security. Please take the time to read it if you have not done so already.

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Majority of international students privately accommodated

Fuller HallOnly 125 beds (or 1.8%) at UCT are allocated to Semester Study Abroad (SSA) students, most of whom are accommodated privately. This is the word from acting DVC Anwar Mall responding to criticism around the university's housing policy.

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Campus Announcement: Student Death
Released: 18h45, 8 February 2016

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of University of Cape Town student Mongameli Nicholas Zaza.

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DVC Desk: Update about accommodation
Released: 19h00, 6 February 2016

DVC Professor Francis Petersen, chair of the Special Executive Task Team, writes to the UCT community with an update about accommodation.

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Security alert: Another Rhodes Memorial incident
Released: 15h00, 5 February 2016

We are very distressed and outraged once again to report that another female University of Cape Town student has been sexually assaulted while walking on the mountain towards Rhodes Memorial.

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Important Notice
Released: 16h45, 4 February 2016

The University of Cape Town has noted that RhodesMustFall is distributing information that the UCT Executive are meeting with RMF at 17h00 today. They have proceeded to invite students to the meeting. Please note that the UCT Executive are not meeting with RMF. The reasons are given in the letter sent earlier today to RMF. Any student with accommodation issues, financial aid queries or facing academic exclusion should please contact Ms Moonira Kahn of the Department of Student Affairs.

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DVC Desk: Avenue House
Released: 13h30, 4 February 2016

Avenue House

DVC Professor Francis Petersen, chair of the Special Executive Task Team, writes to the UCT community about the situation at Avenue House.

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Use of private security companies

VC Dr Max Price unpacks some of the deciding factors behind the move to bring private security onto campus in 2015 and 2016.

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Vice-Chancellor's Campus Update

VC Max Price writes to the UCT campus community, summarising progress and outlining plans for getting the year off to a good start.

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Campus Announcement: Incidents in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial
Released: 13h00, 26 January 2016

Following our communication over the weekend highlighting deeply concerning incidents of crime around the Rhodes Memorial area, we are disturbed to inform you that another incident occurred on Monday afternoon.

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VC Desk: UCT plans to deal with historic debt
Released: 16h00, 25 January 2016

UCT has developed a new approach to assist students who have incurred fee debt in 2013, 2014 or 2015 that will enable them to proceed with their studies despite the outstanding debt against their name.

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Campus Announcement: Security
Released: 13h30, 23 January 2016

It is with outrage and regret that we inform University of Cape Town staff and students of incidents of a most serious criminal nature that have recently occurred off campus in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial. We urge all to avoid the area, particularly after dark.

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Safety tips on and around campus

Safety tips on and around campus

With students and staff returning to campus for the 2016 academic year, here are some pointers on personal safety on and around campus.

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'Free education for the poor on the cards'

'Free education for the poor on the cards'

UCT?s new executive director of finance contemplates a differential fee structure as one way to manage escalating fee tensions.

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Appointment of new DVC in the Research portfolio

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng will be appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor with effect from 1 July 2016. She will be taking over the portfolio of Research and Internationalisation from Professor Danie Visser, who will be retiring at the end of 2016.

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Letter to 2016 UCT applicants' parents and fee payers

VC Max Price writes to the UCT community after a tumultuous year at the University of Cape Town and South African universities generally, with some information about the start of 2016, and news about how 2015 ended off.

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Letter to 2015 UCT parents and funders of students

VC Max Price writes to the UCT community after a tumultuous year at the University of Cape Town and South African universities generally, with some information about the start of 2016, and news about how 2015 ended off.

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Letter to 2015 UCT students

VC Max Price writes to the UCT community after a tumultuous year at the University of Cape Town and South African universities generally, with some information about the start of 2016, and news about how 2015 ended off.

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Appointment of new Dean of Commerce at UCT

It is with the utmost delight that I announce the appointment of Professor Ingrid Woolard as the new Dean of the Faculty of Commerce. She will assume her new role with effect from 1 March 2016.

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