The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) iconic Smuts Hall men’s residence will hold a weekend reunion from 19-21 October to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The residence is named after Jan Smuts, UCT Chancellor from 1936 to 1950 and a former prime minister of South Africa.
Both Smuts Hall and its sister residence, Fuller Hall, celebrate their 90th birthdays this year. Founded on 1 January 1928 as Men’s Residence, it took Smuts’s name after his death in 1950. The residence’s anniversary weekend will connect Smutsmen from across the world.
Earlier this year Smuts alumni in the UK held an anniversary reunion in London, hosted by current warden Professor Kelly Chibale.
The keynote speaker at the Cape Town event will be Smuts alumnus Neville Isdell, former chairman and chief executive officer of Coca-Cola. Isdell has maintained close ties with his alma mater; he is the sponsor of the Neville Isdell Rugby Centre at UCT and Smuts Hall’s annual Neville Isdell Leadership Camp for Smuts Hall freshers to foster integration.
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