Milestones and highlights from 2013 - June

09 December 2013


  • At the mid-year graduation, honorary doctorates are bestowed on South African icons Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, honouring their contributions to music and their role in the country's fight for democracy.
  • The 2013 UCT Book Award is presented to Sonja Loots for her novel Sirkusboere. The UCT Creative Works Award, recognising major creative works, goes to Assoc Prof Johann van der Schijff for his catalogue Community Punching Bag.
  • US President Barack Obama delivers an historic address in UCT's Jameson Hall on 30 June. Obama walks in the footsteps of US Senator Robert Kennedy, who delivered his famous Day of Affirmation speech to the UCT community on 6 June 1966. Obama announces the US$16 billion Power Africa scheme, to double the number of people in sub-Saharan Africa with access to power.
  • The Baxter Theatre Centre's award-winning play Mies Julie, written and directed by Yael Farber, returns from a record-busting international tour to sell-out performances on home turf, having played to full houses at the Edinburgh Festival and in New York and London.
  • UCT and the United Nations System Staff College sign a partnership to present the flagship UN Leaders' Programme at the Graduate School of Business in October 2013.

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