3 March 2017
Dear students and colleagues
This Campus Announcement aims to inform you about recent developments on campus.
Clarity on the CoE adjustment
Staff members recently received an electronic copy of their Compensation Review Letter/Cost of Employment (CoE) structure letter. This raised queries and in a subsequent communication to staff, the executive apologised for any inconvenience that may have been caused by the lack of information and clarity in the electronic communication. In the DVC Desk issued yesterday, the executive provided further information and aimed to give more clarity.
Registration and orientation
Registration and orientation commenced on Monday, 27 February and will end on Friday, 10 March. Each faculty runs its own orientation programme, as does the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO). For students in residence, there is also a residence orientation programme.
UCT hosts orientation meetings for parents of first-year students. The first meeting took place on Wednesday, 1 March and the next one will be held tomorrow, 4 March. A guide to UCT, Campus Life, has been produced for incoming students and will be distributed at parent orientation and student orientation sessions.
Residences are opening for the 2017 student intake.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, has issued an appeal to private property owners and/or letting agents, preferably in areas on the UCT Jammie Shuttle route between Observatory and Claremont, to consider offering UCT students off-campus student accommodation.
International Students and Study Visas
IAPO has distributed important information relating to study visa requirements. Students who are affected should please take note of the following.
The “blanket extension” to study visas issued by the Minister of Home Affairs on 31 October 2016 was meant to apply only to final-year students in 2016 who would have had to wait to write their examinations in January or February of 2017. Some students currently have proof of study visa application (receipts) but do not yet have a study visa that is valid beyond 31 March 2017.
The Department of Home Affairs has indicated that the decision to allow the registration of students without valid visas but with receipts is at the discretion of the universities. After 31 March, students must all be in possession of valid study visas. If not, students should then deregister.
IRTC Steering Committee meeting
The Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) Steering Committee met on Thursday, 23 February. Among the issues on the agenda were representation, the terms of reference, clemency and exclusion processes.
The Chair of the IRTC Steering Committee, Sipho Pityana, has issued the Chair’s Report on the meeting.
AGM Convocation reconvened
The reconvened AGM of the Convocation took place on Tuesday, 28 February, following the adjourned meeting of 15 December 2016. The two remaining agenda items that could not be discussed in the adjourned AGM were dealt with at the meeting. These items were motions (where notice had been given previously) and the election of the Convocation President.
Two motions were considered by the Convocation (a third motion was noted but not considered as the mover was not in attendance). The first motion that “the UCT Convocation be balloted to consider a vote of no-confidence in Dr Max Price and his senior Executive acting as representatives of the interests of the UCT Community as a whole in negotiations with UCT students, staff and others who have been adjudged to have broken the law under the pretext of legitimate protest” did not carry and was defeated. The second motion was on “climate change, fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment”. This motion carried and was supported by a majority of members present.
Convocation also elected a new President, Ms Lorna Houston, who will hold office until the close of the AGM of Convocation for 2018. Ms Houston serves on the UCT Alumni Advisory Board and is the alternate alumni representative on the IRTC Steering Committee. She succeeds outgoing President Professor Barney Pityana.
A series of brochures that focus on the university’s faculties are now available for download. These offer insights into the faculties of Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Science, Commerce, Law, Humanities and the Centre for Higher Education Development.
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