Dear students and colleagues
This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:
1. SRC elections
The 2019 Student Representative Council (SRC) election campaign activities were planned to start on 2 September. The Election Commission, together with the candidates and student organisations, agreed to suspend election activities and to join the campus and broader community to mourn our late student, Uyinene Mrwetyana.
Gender-based violence and xenophobia undermine democracy, dignity and human rights in our society. Free and fair elections on our campus means that students feel physically, emotionally, socially and politically safe to choose their leaders. The Election Commission strives to ensure that it fulfils its mandate to provide free and fair elections.
The last few weeks have highlighted issues that need a sustained student voice, action and representation. The higher education and institutional legislation requires the university to have an SRC that is elected by the student body. The elected SRC officers must be in office from 1 November 2019 to 31 October 2020.
Since the SRC nominees were announced on 16 August, several candidates have withdrawn from the election process. The final candidate list can be viewed here.
Campaign activities will resume on Monday, 16 September, with the election launching during meridian in Molly Blackburn on upper campus. The Election Commission invites all students to participate in campaign activities on all campuses.
Voting will commence on 23 September and students may vote at a ballot station or online.
The Election Office welcomes all ideas, comments and complaints. Students are encouraged to communicate with the office via the following platforms:
Phone: 021 650 7311;
Facebook: UCT SRC & Faculty Council Elections;
Vula: SRC Elections
2. Jammie Shuttle service to be affected by Sanlam Marathon
Please note that due to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon that will take place on Sunday, 15 September 2019, the Jammie Shuttle service will not be operational from 06:55 to 10:30 on the day. The service will resume immediately after the marathon.
A reminder that some roads will be closed on Sunday due to the marathon.
3. Change of venue: Inaugural lecture: Professor Collet Dandara
Professor Collet Dandara will present the Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture on 25 September 2019. The lecture is titled “Pharmacogenomics and personalising medicines in African populations for quality health: Yet another story of playing catch-up”.
Please note that the lecture will now take place at the New Learning Centre Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Anzio Road, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT and not Lecture Theatre 2 in the Kramer Law Building, as previously stated. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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