Annual Bongani Mayosi lecture and other updates

08 December 2022

Dear colleagues and students

The University of Cape Town (UCT) will co-host the annual Bongani Mayosi Memorial Lecture in January 2023. Read about this and other recent developments on campus.

1. Annual Bongani Mayosi Memorial Lecture to be held at fundraiser event

UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences, in partnership with the Bongani Mayosi Foundation, will host the annual Bongani Mayosi Memorial Lecture at the foundation’s fundraising gala dinner on the late professor’s birthday. The lecture will be inspirational in celebration of African scholarship.

It will be held on Saturday, 28 January 2023 in a hybrid format:

  • The in-person session will take place at Pigalle Restaurant in Green Point, Cape Town at 17:30 for 18:00.
  • The online session will commence at 18:30. For online attendance, a live link will be provided nearer to the date.

The guest speaker for the lecture is Professor Abdool Salim Karim. Professor Karim is Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa.

The legacy of Professor Mayosi will continue to have a long-term impact on the aspirations and success of African health sciences students, academics and researchers. The foundation’s fundraising gala dinner will raise much-needed funds to continue their important work, so tickets purchased for the gala dinner and in-person session will make an important contribution.

2. UCT Summer School celebrates 73 years

The UCT Summer School 2023, the largest public education programme of its kind in Africa which brings together academics, industry experts, thought leaders and audiences from around the world, will be back in-person with an exciting programme from 9 to 28 January 2023.

Celebrating its 73rd year in 2023, the school will continue its culture of presenting world-class lectures and courses in art, music, history, current affairs, medicine, science, literature and information technology.

For further enquiries please contact Dr Medee Rall.

3. Reminder: Call for nominations for the TB Davie Lecture

The Academic Freedom Committee invites UCT staff and students to nominate speakers for the 2023 TB Davie Memorial Lecture. The lecture is an important event in UCT’s calendar, and an opportunity to affirm and clarify the values of academic freedom in the contemporary context, and to stimulate debate.

Nominations, which should not exceed three pages, should include a brief curriculum vitae of the nominated speaker.

Please submit nominations to Dee Benjamin by no later than Wednesday, 21 December 2022.

4. UCT celebrates staff at Annual Awards

The university celebrated staff members’ contribution to UCT’s high standards of service, education and research at the recently hosted UCT Annual Awards 2022. The awards took place on 30 November. The categories of accolades celebrated at the ceremony included Ad Hominem Promotions, Alan Pifer Award, Distinguished Teacher Award, Long Service Awards and the Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) Excellence Award.

5. Bidding farewell to 2022 retirees

The 2022 cohort of retirees were honoured at a farewell dinner held recently. It was an opportunity for the university to say a well-deserved thank you to staff members who have served UCT with dedication and selflessness. A feature page has been created on the UCT News website. The page includes the retirees’ names, photos and their length of service.

6. Get your data and IT in order before the holidays

If you are graduating, retiring, leaving UCT, or just taking some time off, you may want to get your IT in order before departing.

7. Recipients of the 2022 UCT Open Textbook Award

The UCT Open Textbook Award for 2022 has been awarded to Paeds In a Pinch: A Practical Guide, for Students, by Students, with Specialist Review (edited by Carol Hlela, Lehlohonolo Ntlatlapo, Rannakoe Lehloenya and Christine Ile) and Migration in Southern Africa: IMISCOE Regional Reader (edited by Pragna Rugunanan and Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama).

The award, now in its third year, aims to recognise outstanding open textbooks written by UCT staff and students which advance the university’s transformation and social justice agenda.


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