EVER since he took the helm at UCT in 2000, Vice-Chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndebele, has been involved in many gatherings and visits to ensure he meets as many members of the University community as possible.
The Department of Communication and Marketing has drawn up a carefully structured communication campaign for Ndebele, to ensure that the 36 "getting to know you" visits planned this year are regularly spaced in between his many institutional functions and other social and work-related commitments.
Already this year the VC has enjoyed lunch with the Student Representative Council, visited various faculties and departments as well as residences such as Fuller Hall, Tugwell, Varietas, College House and Kilindini. He has also hosted dinners at his residence, Glenara, for representatives of government and the private sector, for example in tourism and from the community of top business women.
Recently he called in at University House, home to close over 100 senior students, visiting student rooms, the dining room and Opstaan area.
The House Committee gave a short presentation on the residence's activities and initiatives. Head student Nelson Ncube was enthusiastic about his visit. "Prof Ndebele shared his vision for the University as well as his views on residence life. We appreciated the time he spent answering our questions," he commented.
This month Ndebele will host two dinners at Glenara as well as a braai for the SRC. He will also meet with student groups at Welgelegen and will visit the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; all in addition to commitments overseas.