Silent Protest against gender-based violence and other updates

18 August 2017
Campus announcement
18 August 2017

Dear students and colleagues

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

1.  Silent Protest against gender-based violence

On Tuesday, 29 August 2017, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation will host a day-long Silent Protest at UCT. The protest will affirm the university’s solidarity with survivors who have been silenced by sexual violence and rape culture. In a VC Desk Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price encouraged the university community to participate in the Silent Protest to help bring public attention to a tragedy that diminishes our humanity every day.

2.  TB Davie Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Prof Mamdani

Professor Mahmood Mamdani, professor of anthropology, African studies and political science at Columbia University, will deliver the 2017 TB Davie Memorial Lecture on “Decolonising the Post-Colonial University”. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 22 August 2017, at 18:00 in the New Lecture Theatre on upper campus. As the event is fully booked, it will be live-streamed on the UCT website.

3.  Nominations for faculty council and SRC elections open

The nominations for faculty council and SRC elections are open and will close on Friday, 8 September 2017. Any enquiries may be directed via email to Edwina Brooks or Christine Immenga. Nomination forms may be collected in Office 7.19, Level 7, Steve Biko Students’ Union or Office 6.04, Level 6, Steve Biko Students’ Union.

4.  Latest edition of UCT News now available

The latest edition of UCT News, the university’s monthly newsletter, which highlights research breakthroughs, student and staff achievements and upcoming events, is now available. In the current edition you will be able to find out – among other stories – how UCT students drove the Mars rover in a simulated space mission, how insects can be the key to unlocking murder cases and how the Graduate School of Business is breaking the mould with their new Solution Space in Philippi.

5.  UCT Career Festival

The Careers Service is hosting over 40 exciting career events this semester, which will be attended by more than 1 300 company representatives. Students who are looking to take the next step in their career development journey are encouraged to engage with the various companies participating at the festival.

6.  Graduation arrangements for December 2017

UCT will stage three graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, 20 December 2017, for students who will have completed and qualified by 31 October 2017 and for a limited number of programmes as listed in the notice. Most students who write their last exams at the end of this year will not graduate in December 2017 and will instead graduate in April 2018.

7.  Water usage restrictions

With severe drought affecting the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town’s Level 4B water usage restrictions remain in place. This limits each person to using less than 87 litres of water per day. The City of Cape Town’s water calculator can help you to work out your daily water usage. For example, less than 87 litres of water per day might consist of:


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