SINCE first being appointed as Warden of All Africa House (AAH) in early 2001, Dr Sagadevan Mundree has pledged that he would attract some big name speakers to the residence to lead interesting and, if at all possible, controversial topics of conversation. And he certainly has lived up to his words.
African National Congress (ANC) MP Dr Pallo Jordan and American Ambassador Cameron Hume were but two of the many presenters to have graced the All Africa House podium over the past few months.
Last week, Mundree enticed national education minister, Professor Kader Asmal, to UCT, specifically to deliver the keynote address to celebrate African University Day. This commemorative day was first launched by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now the African Union (AU) and the Association of African Universities (AAU) in 1994, and has since been celebrated under various themes.
Asmal's talk on African Higher Education Institutions: Responding to current challenges
drew a number of UCT dignitaries to AAH, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall and Professor Nicky Padayachee, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.