Dear member of the UCT community
The Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) has extended the deadline for phase two of the hearings to 12 May 2018. According to the IRTC’s terms of reference, phase two pertains to “institutional culture, transformation, decolonisation, discrimination, identity, disability, labour relations and any other matters that the university community has raised over the years or may wish to raise”. In addition, the IRTC has identified the three themes listed below and has also decided to include a ‘general’ theme:
Please ensure that submissions do not exceed 15 pages. All submissions of four or more pages should include an executive summary pertaining to each theme. All representations/submissions to the IRTC should be submitted to Candice Amon (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 074 505 4159 by no later than 12 May 2018. The submissions can also be sent via your steering committee representatives. Unlike phase one, in which hearings were confidential, phase two will provide for open hearings (unless individuals request otherwise), which all will be welcome to attend.
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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: