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18 May 2017 | Communication and Marketing Department
Campus announcement
18 May 2017

Dear students and colleagues

This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:

1. Memorial service for Ms Lydia Hall

Colleagues from the Department of Student Sports and Recreation will be holding a memorial service for Ms Lydia Hall, who sadly passed away on 11 May. The service is open to all and will be held at the UCT Sports Centre on Friday, 19 May at 14:00.

2. Memorial service for Mr Siboniso Dlamini

The memorial service for Mr Siboniso Dlamini will take place this evening, Thursday, 18 May from 19:00 to 20:30 at Liesbeeck Gardens Residence (Common Room, Ground Floor). Mr Dlamini was a first-year business science student who sadly passed away on Sunday, 23 April.

3. The May 2017 edition of UCT News is now available

Absorb the highlights of a bumper graduation season as well as news with an Africa focus: new measures to counter malaria, smart crops for drought, a PhD on power in pre-colonial times, views from a successful commercials director, a safety app team vying for honours, and the Nigerian mafia’s migration south.

4. Africa Month at UCT

The theme for Africa Month at UCT 2017 is Women@Work in Africa. A focal point of this year’s programme is to create platforms that help highlight issues of gender equality and the status of women in the workplace in Africa. This theme is aligned to the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which offers a framework for the realisation of gender equality and women’s empowerment, socioeconomic transformation and development. The Agenda and its implementation plan further commit AU Member States to adopt strategies to tackle unemployment and income inequalities, as well as eradicate poverty.

5. Update on smoking policy

The new UCT Smoking Policy comes into effect on 30 June 2017. It’s important for everyone to become familiar with its requirements.

Increasingly the impact on health of tobacco and other smoking-related products on smokers and non-smokers is being brought to the public’s awareness. In 2016 Cape Town was cited as one of the cities with the highest prevalence rate of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. As part of a global health campaign, the World Health Organisation (WHO) annually marks World No Tobacco Day on the 31 May. The theme for this year is Tobacco – a Threat to Development.

6. ICTS scheduled maintenance slot this Sunday, 21 May

The Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) Department has scheduled a maintenance slot this Sunday, 21 May 2017, from 09:00 to 17:00. Unless advised to the contrary, please do not expect any ICT services to be available for the duration of the maintenance slot.

During the scheduled maintenance slot, ICTS will activate Mimecast’s Impersonation Protect feature to help protect staff members against whaling attacks. Hackers use this technique to target specific individuals who have access to confidential information, such as financial and personnel data.

7. ICTS alert: global ransomware attack

The ransomware worm called "WannaCry" was released globally last week. It arrives via email. ICTS has put a number of measures in place to protect the institution, but users are encouraged to exercise caution and to contact ICTS if they receive any suspicious email.

8. Fire damages roof at School of Dance

In the early hours of Monday, 15 May 2017, CPS officers spotted a fire on the roof of the School of Dance building in Lower Campus. Emergency services were called and the fire was soon extinguished. Initial investigation has determined that the cause of the fire was probably accidental, such as a cigarette stub thrown into a dustbin next to the building. Only the office space in the reception area of the building has been affected and classes should not be affected.


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