Dear members of the UCT community
A duly constituted reconvened special meeting of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Council was held on 9 December 2022. Having been elected as acting Chair of the meeting, I write to provide an update on key discussion and decisions.
Council focused its deliberations on the resolution taken in its October 2022 meeting in finalising the constitution of the panel and timeframes for delivery of its findings, conclusions and recommendations. Council is assured that the advice of the University Senate and Institutional Forum was considered.
Conscious of the enormity of its task, Council has granted the panel a tight timeframe to conclude its work, commencing no later than 23 January 2023. The names of panel members will be made public once they have accepted the amended timelines.
Council has elected three members from within its ranks to support the work of this panel, respectful of its independence and with due regard to the rights of all.
Having considered the legal opinions received, Council reviewed and debated the matter of the position of the Deputy Chair of Council and resolved that the incumbent should vacate the position. This does not affect the Council membership status of the member concerned. Council will give further attention to the election of a successor Deputy Chair of Council.
Council will continue to ensure the highest standard of governance, ensure conflicts of interests are declared and acted upon, and resolve further outstanding matters.
On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the university community for their support, their service and their commitment to excellence.
I wish you all a blessed, joyous and safe festive season.
Ms Nazeema Mohamed
Acting Chair of UCT Council
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