Athol Fugard to honour gifted UCT teacher
World famous playwright and author of the novel Tsotsi, Athol Fugard, will attend a memorial lecture at UCT in honour of Dr Margaret Mezzabotta, a member of staff who was tragically killed in a car accident in Cape Town in 2000. Mezzabotta, who was a senior lecturer in classics at the time of her death, was renowned for her inspirational teaching and her support of her students, as well as for her wide-ranging research interests, which included Greek drama and ancient science. These qualities were formally recognised by UCT when she received the Distinguished Teachers Award in 1997. She also chaired an education advancement programme for under-privileged students and taught many extra-mural courses, and played a major role in the Classical Association of South Africa. The memorial lecture will begin with Prof Marianne McDonald, a friend and colleague of Mezzabotta and currently a professor of classics and theatre at the University of California San Diego, speaking on Medea - The Beginning. Fugard will read a new short story, Jason - The End. The lecture takes place at 18h00 in lecture theatre 1, Kramer Law Building on middle campus, on Friday,
Students remember the Rwandan genocide
Even when measured against humankind's boundless appetite for cruelty towards each other, the Rwandan genocide of 1994 sticks out like a sore thumb. Here, many argued, was a carnage that could be mentioned in the same breath as the Jewish Holocaust of 1933 to 1945. In just 100 days of 1994, an estimated
Here's the programme for the week:
Interactive media and moral responsibility
Johann van der Schijff, lecturer in new media at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, will soon host his first solo exhibition in nine years, titled Power Play. The exhibition will be on at the Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, 89 Bree Street in Cape Town, from
Students support judicial independence
Legendary human rights lawyer, Adv George Bizos SC, will be among the prominent speakers invited by UCT students to speak on the controversial draft Constitution 14th Amendment Bill.
The discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 4, in the Quad, Kramer Law Building at 18h00 for 18h30.
Other speakers expected are UCT professor of law and president of the Competition Appeal Court, Judge Prof Dennis Davis, and Commissioner of the Truth Commission, Adv Dumisa Ntsebeza SC.
The amendment, which proposes regulating responsibility in respect of the judicial and administrative functions of all courts, has raised concern in the legal fraternity as potentially compromising the independence of the judiciary.
This is a student-led initiative.
Mama, what a show
Mamavox, dubbed South Africa's premier all-woman a cappella quartet, will perform at the new On Broadway venue, Off Broadway, on
"By using our voices as instruments, we are able to explore the unlimited pallet of sounds possible by the human voice," says group leader Tiffin. "[A cappella] is a challenging art form, because it's so exposed. Yet it's incredibly exciting to perform 'out-of-the-box' music." Mamavox's repertoire mixes sure-fire favourites with original material from across a wide range of styles, be it jazz or popular contemporary sounds - each with a unique South African twist. For more information on the Mamavox show, contact On Broadway at .
Kids fun at Baxter
The Lilliput Children's Theatre Company, in association with the Baxter Theatre, will perform their brand new show, The Ugly Duckling and Other Stories, at the Baxter Theatre during the April school holidays. This delightful show will run from Saturday,
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