Dear students and colleagues
This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:
1. IRTC call for submissions
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) is inviting all UCT constituencies to make submissions on institutional culture and practices, including decolonisation and anything that entails unjust discrimination, domination or violence, including sexual violence.
The IRTC has released a media statement on the outcomes of the IRTC meeting on 19 April.
2. UCT News
In the latest edition of UCT News, 5 200 graduates are capped in a bumper April graduation season; Jannes Landschoff uses 3D scanning technology to study biological specimens; the Works of Art Committee discusses re-curating art across the university with Willie Bester; and we profile four women innovators at UCT who are driving change through ingenuity, curiosity and courage.
3. Update on water saving at UCT
UCT has made significant progress in reducing the use of municipal water. While we have not yet attained our goal of cutting water consumption by 50%, a lot of progress has been achieved in saving and providing alternative sources of water.
4. Notice to users of the Jammie Shuttle
The Jammie Shuttle is for the sole use of UCT students, staff and authorised guests. Only children attending the UCT Educare Centre are allowed on the buses. Please note that you are required to produce your student card, staff card or visitor authorisation letter in order to access the Jammie Shuttle service. The relevant document must be shown to the driver on entering the shuttle. No one will be allowed to board a shuttle without the relevant identification.
5. Cyber security notice for students
Recent reports show that cyberattacks on Android devices are on the increase. Student banking accounts have been depleted, research papers have gone missing, and the traditional hacking of social media accounts continues. The main cause of these attacks are apps that are riddled with malware, and are specifically designed to access your personal information and mobile banking details.
6. Dr Stuart John Saunders Lecture
Professor Bernard Gersh will present the first ever Dr Stuart John Saunders Lecture, which is being hosted in honour of the former UCT vice-chancellor and professor of medicine. This year’s presentation, “The epidemic of cardiovascular disease in the developing world: global implications”, will highlight the global epidemic of cardiovascular disease, illustrating the magnitude of its increased prevalence in low- and middle-income countries and also analyse the potential consequences for the developed world.
7. Chris Hani renaming ceremony
The New Science Lecture Theatre was officially renamed the Chris Hani Lecture Theatre on 24 April 2018 at a ceremony in honour of the late struggle activist who was assassinated in 1993. The renaming celebration marked the 25th anniversary of Hani’s assassination. The Hani family and other distinguished guests attended the ceremony. The renaming of buildings at UCT is one part of a multifaceted transformation project that is committed to overcoming the legacy of apartheid and colonialism in the university system.
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