Naming of buildings proposals and other updates

09 May 2019

Dear students and colleagues

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

1. Extension of call for naming of buildings proposals

The vice-chancellor has invited the UCT community to submit proposals to the Naming of Buildings Committee (NoBC) for the renaming of buildings that are currently named and the naming of buildings that are not currently named, such as the New Lecture Theatre. The NoBC has resolved to extend the deadline for proposals to 17:00 on 30 June 2019 and will make a final recommendation on naming/renaming to Council after comments, based on specific criteria, have been considered.

Proposals should be sent to Please note that the committee will likely receive many proposals and as such it might not be possible for them to reply to all emails received.

2. ICTS scheduled maintenance on 12 May

Please note that there will be an Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) scheduled maintenance slot from 09:00 until 17:00 on Sunday, 12 May. Unless advised to the contrary, do not expect any ICT services to be available for the duration of the maintenance slot.

Please remember to consult the scheduled ICTS maintenance slots for 2019 before planning any teaching, conferences, meetings, etc that require ICT services.

3. Celebrating Africa Month

Africa Day is commemorated each year on 25 May. The day marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union (AU) in July 2002. UCT prides itself on being an African university and thus it is important for us to pay tribute to this coming together of nations by celebrating our diverse and unique continent. There are several events planned for this month and everyone is encouraged to participate in these to learn more about our different cultures. The university’s flagship event is a public symposium on 10 May at the Baxter Theatre. The theme of the symposium is aligned to the AU agenda 2063: “The Africa We Want”. It is a collaboration between the AU’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the UCT Convocation and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, and will feature a range of speakers and leaders from across the continent and UCT.

4. Nominations for new UCT chancellor

Nominations of candidates for the election of the Chancellor of UCT are now open. All members of Convocation, all staff and all students are invited to nominate candidates for election to this office. No person who is a member of staff or a student of the university is eligible for appointment. The closing date for nominations is noon on Friday, 7 June 2019. The election process is set out in detail on the UCT website.

Nominations are to be sent to: The Registrar, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701 or electronically to


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