Your correspondent Aphiwe Bewana, the provincial chair of Sasco, has written a letter (Volume 28#10) of "warm greetings" to complain about groups at UCT who display "tendencies – whose underlying principles and acts are divergent to genuine transformation". This letter in response is written in the same spirit.
For a long time we have been told by Sasco and other black organisations that this university has been too slow in pursuing the goals of transformation. I suggest that if they want additional policy action they need to be much more concrete in their proposals. Apart from stating in general terms their wish to see more black appointments to senior academic and administrative posts, as well as certain curricular changes, they do not specify what actual changes would satisfy them, nor any strategies for carrying them out.
Until groups like Sasco become specific we are not likely to see a greater meeting of minds within the university on these issues. The following list contains the sorts of questions I venture require clarification by concrete answers. These are illustrative, not complete.
These are the kinds of questions that must be researched and distributed within the university community by groups, like Sasco, pushing for accelerated policy action.
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