Heritage Month colloquium and other updates

29 September 2021 | Campus Announcement

Dear students and colleagues

The Faculty of Humanities will host a virtual Heritage Month Colloquium on Wednesday, 29 September. Read more about this and other recent developments on campus.

 1. Heritage month colloquium

The Faculty of Humanities will host the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) virtual Heritage Month Colloquium on 29 September 2021 from 17:30 to 18:30. The colloquium, titled “Unburning the Fire & Acknowledgment of Land Cleansing Ceremony”, is a celebration of the research and knowledge production of the new San and Khoi Centre in its first year. A recording of a San and Khoi cleansing ritual of historically significant sections of Middle and Upper Campus will also be shown at the colloquium.

2. Vice-Chancellor appointed first-ever Bristol Illustrious Visiting Professor

UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been appointed the University of Bristol’s first Bristol Illustrious Visiting Professor. During the year-long dual appointment, Professor Phakeng will engage with Bristol’s academic community and participate in a public lecture series. The professorship will comprise a mix of virtual and in-person activities, and Phakeng will pay Bristol an extended visit to engage with their researchers, senior management team, and wider community.

3. UCT official merchandise spring sale

UCT’s online store on the Takealot.com website is having a spring sale on selected UCT official merchandise for a limited time only. Merchandise is for sale with up to 35% off, and the offers include free delivery for orders of R450 and above.

Please follow the UCT social media accounts for the latest updates on the online store.

4. SWS Run/Walk4MentalHealth

Student Wellness Service (SWS) will host an SWS Run/Walk4MentalHealth in commemoration of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2021. The event will take place at the UCT rugby fields and is open to all students. Students can take part in the 1.5 km run, 3 km run or 5 km run/walk. Prior registration is required. Please note that due to COVID-19 protocols, registration will close once the first 250 people register.

5. VC’s Open Lecture: Tsakani Maluleke

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng invites the university community to a virtual Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture taking place on Thursday, 30 September 2021. The lecture will be presented by the Auditor-General of South Africa and UCT alumna, Ms Tsakani Maluleke. Her lecture is titled “The role of accountancy professionals in strengthening democracy”. Ms Maluleke is the first woman to hold this position in the audit institution’s 109-year history and was also its first Deputy Auditor-General. The lecture will highlight the prevailing and growing levels of poverty, unemployment and inequality in our society that pose significant risks to the stability of our young democracy.

6. Alumni department to host launch of book by Professor Zakes Mda

UCT staff and students are invited to the official South African launch of Professor Zakes Mda's latest book, Arola: A journey into 10 Ancient African Civilizations. The launch will be hosted by the Development and Alumni Department on Friday, 1 October 2021 at 17:30 for 18:00–19:30.

Professor Mda is a South African novelist, poet and playwright. He has won several major South African and British literary awards for his novels and plays. A UCT alumnus, he is currently a Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature. Mda will be in conversation with UCT alumna, CEO and Artistic Director of The Baxter Theatre Lara Foot-Newton, who adapted his first novel, Ways of Dying, into an award-winning production for the Baxter Theatre.

This will be a hybrid event, comprising a book reading and signing, which will be live-streamed.

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