Dear members of the UCT community
I am pleased to announce that the Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) has been established and will convene for a briefing meeting on 2 February 2018.
The choice of commissioners received the full and unanimous support of the IRTC Steering Committee, which finalised its recommendation to Council on 8 December 2017. Council responded the following day with its full support for the candidature of those put forward.
The establishment of the IRTC signals a historic landmark for the university, one that emerged out of an inclusive, consensus-building process, albeit at times a protracted one. The success of the process was due in no small measure to the strenuous efforts of the multi-stakeholder IRTC Steering Committee.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the esteemed membership of the IRTC:
We are highly appreciative of all 18 nominees who agreed to put themselves forward for consideration, and we hope to be able to count on them all for their continued support in the future.
As reported previously, the IRTC Steering Committee has set provisional Terms of Reference, which will be refined and finalised by the IRTC. The provisional Terms of Reference stipulate that the IRTC will:
Please join me in wishing them every success in their endeavours.
Mr Sipho Pityana
Chair of the IRTC steering committee (and Chair of UCT Council)
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The Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) Steering Committee was established as a result of a period of unprecedented tension at the University of Cape Town (UCT) at the end of 2016. The creation of the multi-stakeholder steering committee that will oversee the proposed IRTC was one of the resolutions made in the 6 November 2016 agreement, which effectively brought the waves of continuing protest at the university to a halt.
The agreement, which was signed between the UCT executive and protesting student groups, paved the way for the establishment of the IRTC, whose aims are to
The IRTC’s objective is to map an inclusive and fair course for the university as it tackles the legacy of the so-called Shackville protests and to focus on the issues that have caused division on our university campus.
Read IRTC documents:
Feedback and responses to the IRTC report: