In brief

18 August 2003
Biotech conference

The third Cape Biotech Conference will be held from November 17-18. The focus will be on exploiting regional strengths in biotechnology. The closing date for abstracts is August 22. For further information refer to the web link on

Open day offers exhibitions, talks

UCT will hold its first Postgraduate Open Day on September 6, 2003, in the Kramer Law Building, middle campus, from 10h00-13h00. This will afford graduates and current students a valuable opportunity to find out more about UCT's broad spectrum of full- and part-time postgraduate study options through a series of exhibitions and talks. A career consultant will be on hand to discuss ways of appraising current career paths, options for career change and achieving long-term life and career goals. For more information contact Mary Hilton on tel 650-5817 or e-mail

The Bartered Bride at the Baxter Theatre Centre

A new production of Smetana's The Bartered Bride will be presented by Cape Town Opera, in collaboration with the UCT Opera School, on August 17, 19, 20, 22 and 23 at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Swiss conductor Oliver Cuendet will conduct the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, augmented by the UCT Symphony Orchestra. Professor Angelo Gobbato will direct this opera in which he made his performing debut in 1965 as Kecal, the busy bumblebee marriage broker. Guest artist Kaiser Nkosi, a former member of the Cape Town Opera Studio and currently a member of the Munich Opera Studio, will sing the same role in this new production. He will share centre stage with soloists and choristers from the Opera Studio and the UCT Opera School. Described as "a riot of song, dance and colour", the opera presents some well-loved melodies.

Monies distributed

For more than 40 years the Workers Association at UCT played an important role in the lives of non-academic staff. In May this year the association was disbanded. According to its constitution, any monies held by the association had to be donated to charity. R600 was donated to the UCT Employees' Union for social functions and a further sum of R2 361.86 went to SHAWCO for their work in disadvantaged communities.

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