SWS Wellness Drive and other updates

05 March 2019

Dear students and colleagues

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

1. SWS Wellness Drive

The Department of Student Affairs Student Wellness Service (SWS) is hosting a health promotion and awareness campaign, popularly known as the Wellness Drive, in the Sarah Baartman Hall and on the plaza on upper campus from 4 to 7 March between 09:00 and 15:30 each day. The Wellness Drive will offer HIV counselling and testing, and wellness screening with health education, including cancer awareness, mental health self-help tips, stress relief techniques and substance abuse education, as well as dynamic relaxation practices. Plaza activities include an open mic session to allow for the sharing of insights about issues impacting students and exploring alternative techniques to cope, and many more under a fabulous marquee named #CHILLZONE.

2. Executive appointments update

The process of filling vacant posts in the Leadership Lekgotla is continuing. Associate Professor Shose Kessi was appointed as the acting dean of the Faculty of Humanities with effect from 1 March until a substantive dean is appointed to the position. Professor Maano Ramutsindela, the former deputy dean of operations and professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, started his term as the new dean of the Faculty of Science on 1 March.

3. Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture

In the first lecture in the Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture series for 2019, Professor Ambroise Wonkam, professor of Medical Genetics, director of Genetic Medicine of African Populations (GeneMAP) and deputy dean of research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, will be presenting a lecture titled “Enabling genetic medicine”. The lecture will take place at the New Learning Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, at 17:30.

Please confirm your attendance online by Friday, 8 March 2019. For further information, please email or phone 021 650 4847.


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