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                                                                                                                                                                                          18-29 May




                                                                                                      Newspaper of the University of Cape Town




    24 – 30 May 2010                                                               Volume 29#08




                   New orator takes
                     the podium
P    rofessor Alison Lewis doesn’t like
     the colour yellow – at least, not in
clothing. But the striking mustard-col-
                                            in that line – her direct predecessor,
                                            Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson –
                                            for guidance and advice.
oured gown is about the only gripe she           Wilson, 71, has had the job for the
has with the job of University Orator,      past four years; he figured it was time
which she will take on formally when        to pass on the gown, so he nominated
she delivers the citations for UCT’s        Lewis for the position.
five honorary graduates at the upcom-             “I wanted the job to go to some-
ing June graduation ceremonies.             one who’s younger, and interested,
     Lewis is taking the other tasks in     and understands (especially) the scien-
her stride – from the deep background       tific stuff,” he says. “Also, as a woman
research (she’s a leading, interna-         she brings a different perspective.”
tionally-rated scholar, after all) and           Lewis is picking up a few tips
the writing (she did her fair share of      from Wilson (always keep a glass of
student and political tracts in the 80s)    water to hand, for example!). Also,
to the actual oration (okay, she has        delivering the final citation is but “the
some pre-emptive stage jitters, but she     tip of a very big iceberg”, he says –
found at a recent awards ceremony           it’s all about finding as much informa-
that she quite relishes the duties of an    tion as possible, and then bringing
MC).                                        it all down to a memorable citation.
     Lewis, head of the Crystallisation     (Bonsai biographies, he calls them.)
and Precipitation Research Unit in               Putting that lesson into practice
the Department of Chemical Engi-            for the first time can be demanding.
neering, is (at 47) probably among          Lewis, a keen part-time writer, had
the youngest (if not the youngest) of       to dedicate most of a recent weekend
the university’s recent orators. She is     to her first two citations. And she’s
also the first woman to be formally          learning that it’s a far cry from the
appointed to the position. (Although,       more formal, passive-tensed and
reports Registrar Hugh Amoore, a few        technical writing she practices as an
women have donned the gown on ad            engineer.
hoc occasions.)                                  “I think the goal is to create
     Overall head count for orators is      something that’s serious and digni-
tricky to come by, but records show         fied, but also quirky and interesting
that the university has formally ap-        and not boring,” she says.
pointed four or five since the 1970s.             Just like that gown.                  On stage: Prof Alison Lewis dons the University Orator’s gown, which she is taking over from Emer Prof Francis
Lewis is turning to the most recent              Morgan.Morris@uct.ac.za               Wilson.




 UCT’s Edulab to map activities in Khayelitsha
I  n his 2008 inauguration speech, vice-chancellor Dr Max Price
   referred to the crisis in public schooling and the knock-on ef-
fects for the country, and universities in particular. The impact is
                                                                        Samuel. After Samuel’s contact ended, deputy vice-chancellor
                                                                        Professor Crain Soudien took the helm of this project. Sub-
                                                                        sequently, the EduLab initiative, as it became to be known,
                                                                                                                                                It is also recognised that the Edulab initiative has important
                                                                                                                                            transformative potential for institutions.
                                                                                                                                                Meetings have been held with Western Cape Education
felt acutely at UCT, where the ongoing under-achievement and            proposed that UCT focus its attention on a single geographical      Department officials responsible for schools in that area, and
failure of black learners in the National Senior Certificate exam        area. After consideration, Khayelitsha was chosen.                  with the Khayelitsha Development Forum and its education
(particularly in township schools in and around Cape Town) re-               “It is important to stress that from the outset Edulab has     sub-structure.
sults in relatively small numbers qualifying for entrance to UCT.       understood the need to take a holistic approach to working in           The next step for Edulab is a comprehensive mapping of
     Price also acknowledged that tertiary institutions like UCT        schools, with a number of organising principles that go beyond      the university community’s initiatives in Khayelitsha. This will
could no longer say the problem is not theirs to fix.                    simply seeking to impact positively on teaching and learning in     involve an extensive survey of all academic departments and
     To this end, Price appointed Special Advisor John Samuel           the classroom,” said Soudien.                                       PASS units. Edulab is also keen to hear from individuals, inde-
on contract for the last five months of 2009. Consulting widely               “For instance, it has been agreed that the over-arching goal   pendently of their departments, who are involved in community-
across the institution, Samuel gathered information on all UCT’s        is to promote democratic citizenship; that schools themselves       related work in the area and who would be interested in the
initiatives at schools in the Western Cape.                             have to be considered ‘in community’, and crucially, there are      discussions.
     A consultative forum was also constituted, chaired by              no education ‘quick fixes’.”                                             Those interested may email crain.soudien@uct.ac.za.


          IMPORTANT NOTICE: Applications for undergraduate study at UCT close on 30 September 2010.
  2       Monday Paper                                                                                NEWS                                                                     24 – 30 May 2010 Volume 29#08




        Africa’s development needs a quantum leap
“A         frica must run while others
           walk.”
     Former Tanzanian president Julius
                                                                                                                                   notably in their “anti-elite bias”, which
                                                                                                                                   prompts the world to focus on grass-
                                                                                                                                   roots issues at the expense of higher
                                                                                                                                                                                all political persuasions resulted in the
                                                                                                                                                                                building of barriers to knowledge on the
                                                                                                                                                                                continent.
Nyerere’s words were echoed by                                                                                                     education.                                        He noted that many academics
Professor Thandika Mkandawire of                                                                                                        In the mid-1980s, the World Bank        were disheartened by the “African
the London School of Economics and                                                                                                 published a study showing that the           failure”, prompting them to abandon
Political Science when he delivered the                                                                                            rates of return on higher education          African studies because it had become
VC’s Open Lecture at UCT on 10 May.                                                                                                were lower than those for secondary          too disappointing.
     Mkandawire’s address, titled Run-                                                                                             and primary education. The bank then              Mkandawire also argued that tech-
ning While Others Walk: The challenge                                                                                              went on a campaign to persuade foreign       nology has become an important part of
of African development, tackled the is-                                                                                            donors and African governments to stop       African discourse. “Africa must make
sues and obstacles facing the continent                                                                                            funding universities, and to channel the     huge efforts in developing technology
on its path of progress.                                                                                                           funds into primary education instead.        to manage water, energy and the move-
     “Africa is a continent with seven                                                                                                  “Most economists believed that          ment of people. It must also respond to
time zones, one billion inhabitants, 53                                                                                            African countries had to go through a        climate change.
nations and thousands of languages,”                                                                                               tough period of hardship and suffering            “There is a sense of urgency,” he
said Mkandawire. “One can’t speak                                                                                                  before achieving development,” said          continued. “Now Africa, more than any
about Africa without bearing in mind         Running forward: Professor Thandika Mkandawire’s VC’s Open Lecture dis-               Mkandawire. “Some countries went so          other place, must make a quantum leap
that it’s a very diverse continent. But      sected development in Africa.                                                         far as to want to close the only univer-     in its development efforts.”(Download
there are issues that concern us all.”       geographical distance from developed           Mkandawire argued that a key           sity they had, because of this pressure.”    the lecture at www.uct.ac.za/news/mul-
     These concerns include political        nations, and the lack of adequate social   factor affecting Africa’s development is        According to Mkandawire, this           timedia/sound).
conflict, ethnic diversity, the continent’s   capital.                                   the perception of Western governments,     populist view of Africa from people of            Chris.McEvoy@uct.ac.za




                                                                                                                                   Double boost for
                                                                                                                                   Chinese at UCT


Science makes the day in Khayelitsha
B     aby sharks, crayfish, math-
      ematics puzzles and chemical
experiments brought the natural
                                             astronomy workshop they made
                                             telescopes. At The Sound of Music
                                             workshop they used test tubes with
                                                                                        about the future and find opportuni-
                                                                                        ties in their areas. He said it was
                                                                                        encouraging to see the growth in the
sciences alive for hundreds of grade         different levels of water as musical       number of students coming from
11 and 12 pupils from Khayelitsha,           instruments, and played the tune of        Khayelitsha.
who converged on host school Harry           Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. In the Chemi-           “In 2003, UCT had only one
Gwala for the Faculty of Science’s           cal Kinetics workshop they combined        student from Khayelitsha, and in 2009
Science Day.                                 chemicals to create new substances;        there were 73 students at UCT who
    The faculty believes it is impera-       and at The Princess Earth and her          came from Khayelitsha schools.”
tive to address the skills shortage in       magic coat workshop, discussion was             Pule Hlahane, a UCT PhD stu-
science, and annually hosts Science          all about global warming, oceanic          dent, told the pupils how science had
Day in a different community.                robots and climate change.                 been his passport to opportunities:        Collaboration: George Calder-Potts had a helping hand from Prof Qianlong
    Holding the annual event on a                 Deputy vice-chancellor Professor      earning a good living, and making          Wu at the South African leg of the 9th Chinese Bridge Competition.
Saturday was a first for the faculty          Crain Soudien addressed the group,         a difference to the country through
– and there was plenty to do. In the         encouraging them to set goals, think       ground-breaking research.
                                                                                                                                   T    wo recent occasions gave a well-
                                                                                                                                        timed boost to the activities of
                                                                                                                                   the UCT Confucius Institute, set up
                                                                                                                                                                                of the 9th Chinese Bridge Competi-
                                                                                                                                                                                tion, held at Rhodes University in
                                                                                                                                                                                April. Here South African students
                                                                                                                                   with the Chinese Language Council            vied for the two top spots that would
                                                                                                                                   International (or Hanban) in China to        take them to the competition’s inter-
                                                                                                                                   champion Chinese-language studies            national grand final in China in July.
                                                                                                                                   here.                                            UCT and the Confucius Institute
                                                                                                                                       The first was the appointment             can’t take too much credit for Cal-
                                                                                                                                   of Professor Qianlong Wu as the              der-Potts’ third place, although Wu,
                                                                                                                                   institute’s deputy-director. Wu, from        who attended, did assist him with his
                                                                                                                                   China’s Sun Yat-sen University,              presentation, a reading from a self-
                                                                                                                                   UCT’s partner university in its Con-         penned play. Calder-Potts’ interest
                                                                                                                                   fucius agreement, will be working            was piqued by a high-school friend,
                                                                                                                                   with the Centre of Higher Educa-             and he’s taught himself Chinese over
                                                                                                                                   tion Development and the School of           the past five years with a selection of
                                                                                                                                   Languages and Literatures to set up a        language guides and online pro-
                                                                                                                                   suite of non-credit and credit-bearing       grammes, as well as a year-long stay
                                                                                                                                   Chinese-language courses that will           in China.
                                                                                                                                   be launched here in 2011.                        But the institute hopes Calder-
                                                                                                                                       It’s early days yet – Wu’s spend-        Potts’ infectious enthusiasm will
                                                                                                                                   ing most of his time dealing with            convince other UCT students to sign
                                                                                                                                   infrastructural issues – but he got          up for Chinese courses.
                                                                                                                                   here in time to help a UCT student to            “There’s a lot of interest in
                                                                                                                                   a noteworthy achievement.                    China, and I think UCT entered into
                                                                                                                                       George Calder-Potts, a 24-               a Confucius agreement at the right
                                                                                                                                   year-old master’s student on UCT’s           time,” says Wu. “How many students
                                                                                                                                   National Astrophysics and Space              register for the courses will depend
                                                                                                                                   Science Programme, took one of the           on how hard we push Chinese.”
                                                                                                                                   third places in the South African leg            Morgan.Morris@uct.ac.za
 24 – 30 May 2010 Volume 29#08                                                                       NEWS                                                                 Monday Paper                            3

African dress competition part of Africa Day celebrations
D     on your most eye-catching Af-
      rican attire on 25 May – Africa
Day – get a colleague to take a pic-
                                                                                                                                                                                      At 17h30 on the same day, Dr
                                                                                                                                                                                  Marta Lahr, a Reader in Human Evo-
                                                                                                                                                                                  lutionary Biology and the director
ture for a university-wide competi-                                                                                                                                               of the Duckworth Collection at the
tion, and you and your photographer                                                                                                                                               University of Cambridge, will speak
could each be R1 000 richer.                                                                                                                                                      on African Origins and the Evolution
    The competition is part of UCT’s                                                                                                                                              of Diversity at the Vice-Chancellor’s
Celebrating Africa programme of                                                                                                                                                   Open Lecture. Dr Lahr is a Fellow
events, lectures, exhibitions and dis-                                                                                                                                            of Clare College and a co-founder of
cussions that celebrate our African                                                                                                                                               the Leverhulme Centre for Human
heritage, UCT’s growing connections                                                                                                                                               Evolutionary Studies in Cambridge.
with other African universities, and                                                                                                                                              Among her publications is The Evo-
the university’s commitment to shap-                                                                                                                                              lution of Human Diversity.
ing the continent’s future.                                                                                                                                                           From 21 to 26 May, IAPO
    The best picture will be judged                                                                                                                                               will host an exhibition titled UCT
later by a panel. Alas, the R1 000                                                                                                                                                Connections, highlighting many of
prize for best-dressed does not                                                                                                                                                   UCT’s dynamic linkages with other
increase for group photos. There                                                                                                                                                  African institutions. Please visit
should also be evidence that the pic-                                                                                                                                             the Leslie Social Sciences Building
ture was taken on 25 May, between                                                                                                                                                 during this time and take part in the
08h30 and 21h00. Entries should be                                                                                                                                                various activities. UCT faculties are
sent to Nan Warner at the Interna-                                                                                                                                                also participating, and many will
tional Academic Programmes Office.                                                                                                                                                 host their own events to celebrate
    Africa Day also offers many                                                                                                                                                   Africa Day.
other events. At 12h30, there will be                                                                                                                                                 The UCT Connections exhibi-
                                            Eye-catching: Deputy vice-chancellor Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo with his wife, Mathokoza, at last year’s Africa Day
a panel discussion on The State of                                                                                                                                                tion, panel discussion and Vice-
                                            celebrations.
Democracy in Africa: Advance or re-                                                                                                                                               Chancellor’s Open Lecture are part
treat? with Professor Robert Mattes,        of the African Legislatures Project;       Professor Kwesi Prah, an Associate           of increasing access to learning; and         of the Celebrating Africa campaign,
the director of the Democracy in            Professor Joel Barkan of the Uni-          at Cambridge University’s Centre for         Dr Somadoda Fikeni, a consultant              which UCT is undertaking in col-
Africa Research Unit of the Centre          versity of Iowa in the US, who has a       African Studies, and currently the           at the Human Sciences Research                laboration with Iziko Museums.
for Social Science Research at UCT,         long association with UCT and is co-       director of the Centre for Advanced          Council, chairperson of the Council               For details of venues and times
a co-director of the Afrobarom-             director of the African Legislatures       Studies of African Society in Cape           of the Walter Sisulu University, and          of events please go to www.uct.
eter survey of public opinion in 20         Project, as well as a senior consultant    Town, where he promotes a pan-               former chief operating officer of the          ac.za/about/iapo/sections/links/acl/
African countries, and a co-director        on governance for the World Bank;          African literacy movement as a way           National Heritage Council.                    africaday/



      SAX Appeal exhibition mirrors country’s history
S    eventy-eight years of satire, censorship and controversy are
     on display in a new exhibition of SAX Appeal covers at UCT’s
Centre for African Studies.
                                                                         and two outright bannings, the first leading to the magazine’s dis-
                                                                         solution for several years.
                                                                              SAX Appeal’s first banning was in 1942, for the publication of
     The magazine covers showcase the many changes made to UCT           a fictional, humorous story titled Visit to a Nudist Colony. It was
RAG’s largest contributor since the first edition, published in 1933,     banned again in 1971 after publishing a joke about St Peter, Jesus
“when men were men and women were so loose they rattled”, ac-            and God playing golf. This so incensed a student Christian society
cording to a 1940s SAX Appeal editor.                                    that they publically burned copies of the magazine. SAX Appeal was
     Selling at one shilling and weighing in at 32 pages, the 1933       replaced by the short-lived Boomalak, which proved too tame for
edition featured cartoons, limericks, an advert for electricity – when   student tastes.
many Capetonians were yet to learn the benefits of an electrified city          Speaking at the exhibition’s launch on 13 May, deputy vice-
– and an advert for Springbok cigarettes; which, true to the times,      chancellor Professor Crain Soudien praised the curator, Siona
featured a confident doctor smoking the product before operating on       O’Connell, for spearheading the project from concept to exhibition.
a scantily-clad woman.                                                        “The archive of SAX Appeal covers serves as an accurate reflec-      Moments in time: UCT staffers Cecelia Botha and Lovemore
     Established as a beacon of free speech, the magazine’s penchant     tion of the moods, fancies and complexities of UCT life,” he said.       Nalube were entertained by the exhibition of SAX Appeal cov-
for ruffling feathers has resulted in several instances of controversy,        Chris.McEvoy@uct.ac.za                                              ers through the decades.




U
        Strategic partnership signed
      CT has joined forces with the
      London School of Economics and
Political Science at the University of
London to develop and enhance their
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nurtured a small but strategic partner-     commitment and imagination.                choose people we think will support
ship network, including Columbia                 “This is the end of the beginning,    certain areas of our work,” he ex-
University in New York, Sciences Po in      and the beginning of the real work,” she   plained.
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 Engineering services take maintenance into the boardroom
U     CT’s Engineering Services has
      seen more than its fair share of
activity. In 2009, it fielded 18 221
                                                                                                                                                                              recovered stones and lime-washed to
                                                                                                                                                                              comply with heritage requirements.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Some of the many obstacles
maintenance calls, and completed                                                                                                                                              regularly faced by the section include
35 projects to the tune of over R13.5                                                                                                                                         budget and resources issues, and bal-
million.                                                                                                                                                                      ancing timeous completion with safety
    Responsible for the maintenance                                                                                                                                           standards, quality and convenience to
of UCT’s buildings, services and infra-                                                                                                                                       UCT staff.
structure, the section’s portfolio covers                                                                                                                                          “Prioritising is a constant chal-
175 buildings over about                                                                                                                                                      lenge,” says Theys. “While every call
655 000 square metres.                                                                                                                                                        logged is important to the caller, we
    André Theys, head of Engineering                                                                                                                                          have to weigh one building’s needs
Services – a section of the Properties                                                                                                                                        against the other 174. Inevitably, we
and Services Department – explains                                                                                                                                            disappoint someone.”
that they manage reactive, scheduled                                                                                                                                               Engineering Services is currently
and planned maintenance.                                                                                                                                                      completing its second Facilities Condi-
    The reactive component covers                                                                                                                                             tion Audit, which will further enable
day-to-day items, such as window,                                                                                                                                             the department to provide strategic
carpet and floor repairs, leaking toilets                                                                                                                                      advice on buildings maintenance. The
and roofs, and more. The scheduled                                                                                                                                            goal is to install an equitable distribu-
component comprises regular servic-                                                                                                                                           tion of resources, and prevent build-
ing of equipment. The planned com-                                                                                                                                            ings receiving attention purely because
ponent is major maintenance, such as                                                                                                                                          of lobbying.
entire roof replacements and building                                                                                                                                              “We are trying to change the
                                            Wired: An upgrade to the Jameson substation was recently completed by Properties and Services. Pictured here is
upgrades.                                                                                                                                                                     perception that we are nothing more
                                            a team of contractors installing the new main 400V distribution board.
    In 2009, the 45-strong section’s                                                                                                                                          than glorified janitors,” says Theys.
largest projects included upgrading the         Another unusual project was re-          collapse. The remaining wall was un-      stones were recovered and stripped.        “We are highlighting our strategic role
Jameson substation, the complete re-        building the perimeter walls at Welge-       safe and had to be reconstructed. This    While rebuilding, an inner wall and        in managing UCT’s assets, and plan
roofing of the Mathematics Building,         legen, a heritage building constructed       proved difficult, as the original wall     foundation, absent from the origi-         to take maintenance out of the boiler
and the refurbishment of the air condi-     in 1902, says Theys. A vehicle had           was no longer viable, but the heritage    nal, were constructed using modern         room and into the boardroom.”
tioning plant serving the Arts Block.       crashed into the wall, causing a partial     had to be reserved. So the original       methods. They were then clad with the           Chris.McEvoy@uct.ac.za



               Back up your data –it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3
How often do you make a backup of                1 Your first step is to determine        as they can easily be re-installed from   and DVD-RW). The rewriteable op-           from your removable hard disk. The
your critical files? Are you put off         which files or folders you need copies        the original disks.                       tions give you more flexibility, as you     ICTS Acquisition Services Team in
by the thought of doing it? Once you        of, and how frequently you need to                                                     can use the same disk more than once.      the Computer Science Building can
understand the basics of backing up,        copy them. A good way to determine               2 Select where to copy the data.      Compact and convenient, flash disks         advise you on the best storage media
you’ll see that it is relatively easy to    this is to think about how quickly you       The size of the folders you want to       offer more storage and are faster than     to suit your needs.
do, writes Steff Hughes of ICTS.            could recover from a crash. Taking           back up and how often you choose to       CDs or DVDs.

S    imply put, a backup is a copy
     of the data on your Personal
Computer that you make onto another
                                            daily or weekly backups ensures that
                                            you can continue working almost
                                            immediately after a crash by restor-
                                                                                         back up will determine the medium
                                                                                         you end up using. Sometimes saving
                                                                                         a second copy of a particularly impor-
                                                                                                                                       If you want something that is fast,
                                                                                                                                   robust and portable, with a lot more
                                                                                                                                   storage space, then use an external
                                                                                                                                                                                   3 Choose a backup method to suit
                                                                                                                                                                              the task. Once you have determined
                                                                                                                                                                              what folders you want to back up and
storage medium such as a flash drive,        ing the information from your latest         tant file to your network drive or to a    disk drive. They are particularly          how frequently, read our Data backup
CD, DVD or external hard drive. It is       backup copy. You don’t need to back          flash disk is good enough. For slightly    useful for disaster recovery backups.      at UCT article for advice on which
a good idea to keep your backup copy        up everything on your hard drive, just       bigger backups you can use either         Depending on the level of recover-         method to use, and a step-by-step
in a fireproof safe in another office, or     what is most important for you to keep       CDs or DVDs. There are two types          ability you want and how important         guide on how to do the actual backup.
stored off-site (either at home or using    for personal or business reasons. For        of CDs and DVDs: those that are for       the files are, you may also want to         (www.icts.uct.ac.za | Desktop Support
a professional data storage company).       instance, you don’t need to back up          single use (CD-R and DVD-R) and           write backups of the same information      | Data Management | Data backup at
                                            program files (e.g. Microsoft Office),         those that are rewriteable (CD-RW         to DVDs, and store them separately         UCT)




                                                                                                 The shape of the EU
                                                                                                      for 2010
                                                                                         A    new face and new fees were
                                                                                              the outcomes of the Employ-
                                                                                         ees Union’s (EU) annual general
                                                                                         meeting, held on 14 April.
                                                                                             During the AGM, the EU
                                                                                         elected a new committee, an-
                                                                                         nounced new membership rates
                                                                                         and provided contact information
                                                                                         for consultants who will deal with
                                                                                         members’ medical aid-related
Cutting the ribbon: (From left) Dr Ian Mackintosh (director: Wellness Service            queries.
and Disability Service), Moonira Khan (executive director, Department of                     Patricia Phillips is new to the
Student Affairs) and Reinette Popplestone (manager: Disability Service) at               committee, joining the team of
the opening of the new flat.                                                              nine. Andrea Plos has retained
                                                                                         the position of president, and
 Accessible flat for disabled unveiled                                                    Frans Mamabolo retained the post
                                                                                         of vice-president. One vacancy
                                                                                                                                Union members: The new Employees Union committee is (from left, front)
T    he Disability Service’s drive to
     make UCT buildings user-friend-
ly to people with physical disabilities
                                            to stoves, cupboards and bathroom
                                            handles and grips – has been lowered
                                            or raised to suit occupants. Disability
                                                                                         remains on the committee, and the
                                                                                         EU has asked its members to let them
                                                                                         know of anyone who would like to
                                                                                                                                Patricia Phillips, Andrea Plos, Catherine Wynsculley, Yasmin Fazel-Ellahi, and
                                                                                                                                Kwezi Bonani. (Back) Frans Mamabolo, David Horwitz and Eugene Williams.
                                                                                                                                (Absent: Alfred Nqotole, Gianpiero Benincasa and Mongezi Mbebe.)
took a positive turn when the Service       Service manager Reinette Popplestone         take up the position.
launched a revamped flat that will           said the launch was a symbol of all the          Membership subscriptions have
house UCT staff. The flat at Forest          work her unit has done in the last two       increased by R2, from R30 to R32 per able to assist UCT staff with medical            The consultants are Lauren
Hill residence will accommodate staff       years. Among the achievements by             month – comparing favourably with         aid queries, such as problematic        Wallis, available at 021 486 8739 or
members who are resettling in Cape          the unit’s Barrier-Free Access Project       the R45 charged by other campus un-       claims and issues; funding plan in-     Lwallis@nmg.co.za; and Dominique
Town from elsewhere. As part of the         is the installation of accessible toilets,   ions. The EU also called on its mem-      formation; and explanation of current   Ortone, on 021 486 8748 or Dor-
flat’s makeover, everything inside –         lifts, doors and card readers in many        bers to recruit staff on their behalf.    plan options and the benefits available tone@nmg.co.za.
from door handles and light switches        buildings.                                       NMG Consultants are now avail-        to members and their dependants.            Chris.McEvoy@uct.ac.za
 24 – 30 May 2010 Volume 29#08                                                                 RESEARCH                                                               Monday Paper                             5


 Joint venture to gather data on three oceans
U     CT, the Nansen Environmental
      Centre in Norway and their
partners are setting up a joint venture
                                          philosopher, who led a successful
                                          expedition to the North Pole in 1893.
                                          He is widely regarded as one of
in South Africa to gather informa-        Norway’s greatest sons.
tion about the three oceans around             Similarly, Archbishop Desmond
southern Africa, to better understand     Mpilo Tutu, also a Nobel Peace
and deal with global change across        Laureate and a “rabble-rouser for
the continent.                            peace”, is one of South Africa’s
     The Nansen-Tutu Centre for           greatest sons. He campaigned peace-
Marine Environmental Research             fully against apartheid, chaired the
aims to develop and implement op-         Truth and Reconciliation Com-
erational oceanography and methods        mission after South Africa’s first
of data integration into models in        democratic elections in 1994, and
the South Atlantic Ocean, the Indian      has worked tirelessly for peace in
Ocean and the Southern Ocean. They        the world since his ‘retirement’ as
will focus on ocean state, marine         Archbishop of Cape Town. The
environmental and ecosystem model-        Nansen-Tutu Centre has been greatly
ling, research and capacity-building,     honoured by Archbishop Tutu allow-
including the oceans’ roles in climate    ing his name to be associated with
                                                                                       At the signing were (from left, back) Tor Christian Hildan (Norwegian Ambassador), Dr Johnny Johannessen
and global teleconnections – the rela-    this partnership.
                                                                                       (Nansen Centre, Bergen), Prof Frank Shillington (oceanography, UCT), Dr Neville Sweijd (African Centre for Climate
tionship between climate anomalies             Africa juts into the Indian, South
                                                                                       and Earth System Studies, CSIR), Dr Hans Erstad (Institute for Marine Research, Norway), Professor John Field
in different parts of the world.          Atlantic and Southern Oceans with
                                                                                       ( MA-RE Institute, UCT), and Dr Lasse Pettersson (Nansen Centre, Bergen). (Front) Prof Berit Rokne (pro-rector,
     “We have identified a gap that        cool and warm oceans juxtaposed,
                                                                                       University of Bergen), Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Prof George Philander (African Centre for Climate
badly needs filling in order to under-     giving rise to unique marine and land        and Earth System Studies, UCT).
stand and deal with global change in      ecosystems with high biodiversity,
Africa,” said Professor John Field,       rich fisheries and superb natural                 The Nansen-Tutu Centre will be          will be based in Cape Town and will       sources – and their students under
the Director of the Marine Research       resources, that contribute not only          directed by a South African and will        complement the developing South           the management and financial con-
Institute (MA-RE) at UCT. “There          to food production but also to South         employ local staff in order to help         African marine research framework.        trol of UCT. The initial phase will
is a worldwide need to understand,        Africa’s vibrant tourism industry. It        build capacity. A board of four South       Activities are expected to be run         be for three years, with an option for
model and predict conditions in the       is therefore important, from an eco-         Africans and four Norwegians will           by six scientists – three funded by       renewal.
ocean, just as meteorological serv-       nomic and ecological perspective,            oversee the programme. The centre           Norway, the rest by South African              Pat.Lucas@uct.ac.za
ices do for the weather.”                 to develop the capacity for under-
      The partners will develop a         standing and predicting the state of          The aims of the Nansen-Tutu Centre              frastructure and support for         • Joint participation in field cam-
system to collect data routinely via      the ocean and its ecosystems. The             include:                                        pre-operational production and         paigns.
satellite and direct observations         founding partners of the Nansen-               • The generation of joint research             demonstration of information and     • The stimulation of international
in the ocean – what the team likes        Tutu Centre have complementary                   and development activities be-               services.                              collaboration and activities with
to call operational oceanography,         expertise and knowledge to address               tween scientists and students from       •   Developing capacity through joint      the Global Ocean Observing
explains Field.                           these challenges.                                the partner institutions and the             courses, workshops, training and       System (GOOS), GOOS-Africa,
     The centre has been named to              The partners include the African            Nansen Group.                                research schools.                      relevant components of Group on
honour two men – a Norwegian and          Centre for Climate and Earth System            • The exchange of visiting scientists      •   Ensuring integration with other        Earth Observations, Phase2 of the
a South African – who have dem-           Studies; the South African Council               and students between the partici-            operational components within          Global Ocean Data Assimilation
onstrated a passion for the natural       for Scientific and Industrial Research            pating institutions.                         UCT’s OceanSAfrica programme,          Experiment and the sustainable
environment as well as humanity.          (CSIR); the Nansen Environmen-                 • Co-supervision of post-graduate              to include the user community.         Marine Core Service (e.g. My-
Dr Fridtjof Nansen was honoured           tal & Remote Sensing Centre, in                  students.                                •   Ensuring open and free access          Ocean).
as a Nobel Peace Laureate for his         Norway; the Institute of Marine                • Coordinating and facilitating joint          to the centre’s resources, data,     • Outreach, including development
humanitarian work in helping to           Research/Centre for Development                  project proposals to be submitted            products and achievements.             of a web page, public interface
resettle millions of people displaced     Cooperation in Fisheries, Norway;                for funding through national, EU         •   Cooperation in the fields of            with research, media and the
by political boundaries after World       the University of Bergen, Norway;                and international bodies.                    distance educational courses and       involvement of stakeholders and
War I. But he was also a noted            and Princeton University, New                  • Technical development, in-                   research programmes.                   users.
sportsman, scientist, explorer and        Jersey, USA.




            Marine research project kicks off two-year plan
F    unding to the tune of R1.8 mil-
     lion per annum for 2010 and
2011 has been granted to UCT’s
                                                                                       thanks to a proposal titled Marine
                                                                                       Multi-Scale Data & Models: The
                                                                                       key to predicting climate variability
                                                                                                                                   stand to benefit from the grant.
                                                                                                                                       The goal is completely new
                                                                                                                                   for Africa. The MA-RE BASICS
                                                                                                                                                                             use in ocean forecasting and fisheries
                                                                                                                                                                             management, with the prospect of
                                                                                                                                                                             better social and economic planning
Marine Research Institute (MA-RE)                                                      in Africa and its biological & social       programme will develop a sys-             for coastal communities.
for launching a new programme                                                          consequences, which was one of two          tem of marine data collection and              This undertaking meets several
under the Vice-Chancellor’s Climate                                                    proposals accepted for funding.             integration into models that will         key objectives of the Vice-Chancel-
Change Strategic Initiative.                                                               As a result, a number of BASICS         project biological and physical           lor’s Strategic Initiative group, such
    The ambitious MA-RE BASICS                                                         postgraduates, ranging from master’s        ocean conditions. This in turn will       as positioning UCT as the premier
programme (the more manageable                                                         students to post-doctoral fellows           allow ocean-atmosphere models             node in African academic networks,
name for the Marine Research in                                                                                                    to improve weather and rainfall           promoting social justice and global
the Benguela and Agulhas Systems                                                                                                   projections, and their consequences       citizenship, and increasing post-
for Supporting Interdisciplinary                                                       Prof John Field, Dr Lynne Shannon           for society. A system of physical         graduate studies to develop the next
Climate-change Science programme)                                                      and Prof Frank Shillington.                 and biological indicators will be         generation of academics.
was officially launched on 11 May,                                                                                                  developed that will be of practical            Chris.McEvoy@uct.ac.za


                                      D   ylan Evans, a science lecturer
                                          at the UNIVERSITY COL-
                                     LEGE, CORK, IN THE UK, who
                                                                                        EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY
                                                                                    in Lancashire in the UK and the
                                                                                    SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF
                                                                                                                                 Twitter, the social networking site.
                                                                                                                                     The Journal of Blacks in Higher
                                                                                                                                 Education, a 17-year-old quarterly
                                                                                                                                                                            Mauritania, Libya, Egypt and Japan
                                                                                                                                                                            gathered in Tunisia for a state-hosted
                                                                                                                                                                            meeting to promote co-operation
                                     was accused of sexual harassment after         TECHNOLOGY in Guangzhou have                 publication that chronicles the African-   between Japanese and North African
                                     showing a female colleague a research          sealed an official partnership to offer       American experience at AMERICAN            universities.
                                     paper on oral sex between fruit bats,          10 scholarships for British students to      COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES,                     Sixty-five percent of students in
                                     has been ordered to undergo a two-             travel to China for a four-week immer-       has announced that its spring issue will   TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN
                                     year “monitoring and counselling”              sion programme in Mandarin.                  be its last in print.                      ZIMBABWE have no access to in-
                                     programme, despite being cleared by                LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVER-                       Citing steep declines in revenue,      formation on sexual and reproductive
                                     his university.                                SITY will launch Britain’s first MA           Nylink, a non-profit library co-            health, says non-governmental organi-
                                         The original FOUCAULT’S                    in contemporary Muslim studies in            operative that serves most of NEW          sation The Student and Youth Working
    Education news PENDULUM, which was used by                                      September 2010.                              YORK STATE’S COLLEGES AND                  on Reproductive Health Action Team.
                                     French scientist Léon Foucault to                  Computer students at the UNI-            UNIVERSITIES as well as the New                The SOUTH AFRICAN NA-
   from Africa and demonstrate the rotation of the Earth,                           VERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE in the                  York Public Library, will phase itself     TIONAL UNION OF MINEWORK-
        the world                    was irreparably damaged after its cable        UK have set up a website offering an         out over the next year.                    ERS has committed R250-million
 (Sources: Iol.co.za, AllAfrica.com, snapped and its sphere crashed to the          analysis of how closely politicians are          Presidents, directors and repre-       over the next five years for training
  Chronicle of Higher Education.) marble floor of the Museum of Arts                 sticking to their promises, according to     sentatives of SEVERAL UNIVERSI-            doctors, engineers, and IT and agricul-
                                     and Industry in Paris.                         the comments the politicians make on         TIES from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco,       tural specialists.
  6       Monday Paper                                                                            NEWS                                                                   24 – 30 May 2010 Volume 29#08




  UCT architecture students put
cheer into chairs for homeless kids                                                                                                    Alumni pair are
                                                                                    O      n 10 May, third-year architecture
                                                                                           students donated 15 unique chairs
                                                                                                                                        sole survivors
                                                                                    to The Bridge at Elukhuselweni, a chil-
                                                                                    dren’s home in Khayelitsha run by the
                                                                                    Homestead Project for Street Children.
                                                                                         As part of their Studiowork design
                                                                                                                                 I  t all boiled down to self-motiva-
                                                                                                                                    tion and endurance for two UCT
                                                                                                                                 alumni who finished the gruelling
                                                                                                                                                                          and whatever essentials they could
                                                                                                                                                                          cram into a five-litre bag – all to
                                                                                                                                                                          raise money for charity.
                                                                                    course, students in the School of            Life 2 The Limit challenge, an               Starke said the group had ex-
                                                                                    Architecture, Planning and Geomatics         adventure that cut them off from         pected the physical challenges and
                                                                                    were briefed to design and manufacture       the world for 30 days. Dr Jonathan       a degree of weakness due to lack of
                                                                                    a chair for a TV lounge.                     Starke (MBChB, 2001) and Saul            nutrition, but never imagined that
                                                                                          “Last year the class decided to        Kornik (BBusSc, 1999) were the           getting food – fish, for instance –
                                                                                    bring an element of reality to the           only two of the 10 starters to com-      would be as difficult as it turned out
                                                                                    project, as well as create an opportunity    plete the survival challenge, held       to be.
                                                                                    to give back to the community,” said         on a deserted island in the South            But he stuck it out, and was
                                                                                    project co-ordinator Adjuct Professor        Pacific. Fellow alumnus Nick Ben-         grateful at the end.
                                                                                    Anya van der Merwe Miszewski.                nett (BA, 2005) also took part in the        “I was finding the time away
                                                                                         Jenny Sorrel, a part-time stu-          challenge, but threw in the towel a      from the world – to think, to write
                                                                                    diomaster, contacted the Homestead           few days before it ended. Life 2 The     and just to sit and watch the nature –
                                                                                    Project and offered to donate the chairs     Limit challenged the adventurers         so valuable that I wanted to take full
                                                                                    to their hostel.                             to spend a month in total isolation,     advantage of it, and not cut it short,”
                                                                                         Sandra Morreira, head of The            armed with only a camera, a journal      he explains.
                                                                                    Homestead Project, and Sorrel decided
                                                                                    on chairs with a fun, built-in game
                                                                                    element.
                                                                                         The Bridge at Elukhuselweni
                                                                                    Children’s Home houses about 55 boys,
                                                                                    aged six to 18 years, who have been
                                                                                                                                Help for international
                                                                                    rescued from a life on the streets of
                                                                                    Cape Town.
                                                                                         The children have few belong-
                                                                                                                                  students at UCT
                                                                                    ings of their own, and part of the brief
                                                                                    followed by the UCT students was to
                                                                                    create chairs that would enable the boys
                                                                                                                                T    he Students’ Representative
                                                                                                                                     Council (SRC) and interna-
                                                                                                                                tional students have decided to form
                                                                                                                                                                          student population, they are under-
                                                                                                                                                                          represented in policy-making group-
                                                                                                                                                                          ings, and at times feel neglected.
                                                                                    to assert their individuality.              a working group to deliberate and         They are also battling to integrate
                                                                                         The students made the furniture        address issues facing foreign students    with South African cultures and those
                                                                                    themselves in the School of Architec-       at UCT.                                   of other nationals, and find that they
                                                                                    ture workshop. The budget for each               The body is made up of Melvyn        are often discriminated against in the
                                                                                    chair was no more than R250.                Lubega, SRC vice-president external,      local labour market.
Sandile Sinyodo tries out the game chair.                                                Chris.McEvoy@uct.ac.za                 and the respective heads of each               Lubega said that many interna-
                                                                                                                                society representing foreign nation-      tional students (particularly those
                                                                                                                                als. The decision to establish the        from African countries) were strug-


           Students reach out                                                                                                   group was taken at a recent Interna-
                                                                                                                                tional Students’ Forum, which was
                                                                                                                                organised by the SRC in conjunction
                                                                                                                                with the International Academic
                                                                                                                                Programmes Office. The aim of
                                                                                                                                                                          gling to get internships, as some local
                                                                                                                                                                          companies will not take on foreign-
                                                                                                                                                                          ers. The group intends to find ways
                                                                                                                                                                          to address this problem, promote
                                                                                                                                                                          integration among students, and en-
                                                                                                                                the forum was to let international        sure that international students doing
                                                                                                                                students engage with each other, and      postgraduate studies are financially
                                                                                                                                offer feedback on how to improve          supported, among other issues.
                                                                                                                                their experiences at UCT.                      “These are postgraduates who
                                                                                                                                     At the event the point was raised    conduct research and raise the profile
                                                                                                                                that although international students      of UCT, and they deserve to be fund-
                                                                                                                                make up a large proportion of the         ed,” said one student at the forum.



                                                                                                                                 College of Fellows Young
                                                                                                                                    Researcher Awards
                                                                                                                                 N     ominations are invited for the
                                                                                                                                       2010 UCT College of Fellows
                                                                                                                                 Young Researcher Awards.
                                                                                                                                                                          contact details of three individuals
                                                                                                                                                                          who may be requested to provide
                                                                                                                                                                          referee reports. One referee must be
                                                                                                                                      The awards are offered annually     international, and only one referee
                                                                                                                                 in recognition of outstanding schol-     may be from UCT.
                                                                                                                                 arly work by young academics who             The committee to select the
                                                                                                                                 have made significant independent         Young Researcher Award will
                                                                                                                                 contributions to research in their       consist of current UCT Fellows
                                                                                                                                 field, and who have been in full-time     (nominated by the UCT College
                                                                                                                                 employment at UCT for not more           of Fellows) who represent a broad
                                                                                                                                 than five years. A maximum of six         range of academic disciplines, and
Happy times: (From left to right) Hayley Hilton (postgrad fundraising committee), Hazel Maposela (Emasithandane),
                                                                                                                                 awards will be made each year.           will be chaired by deputy vice-chan-
Ian Corbett (guest lecturer), Mbuyisi Sithole (Emasithandane), Stuart Hendry (lecturer), Michael Tladi (Emasithan-
                                                                                                                                 Should there be no qualifying nomi-      cellor Professor Danie Visser.
dane), and Nick Fenton-Wells (postgrad fundraising committee) at the donation handover.
                                                                                                                                 nations, no awards will be made.             Nominations must be submit-
                                                                                                                                      Applications should include the     ted by Friday 2 July 2010 to Essie

T    he determination to make a differ-
     ence in people’s lives has driven
postgraduate students in UCT’s Fac-
                                           still going strong, hoping to make
                                           R75 000 by the end of the project. The
                                           Emasithandane project is a home for
                                                                                    country, citing in his appeal the
                                                                                    Dinokeng Scenarios. This is a set of
                                                                                    possible scenarios for 2020 drawn up
                                                                                                                                 full CV of the nominee (including
                                                                                                                                 publications or equivalent scholarly
                                                                                                                                 outputs for the past three years); a
                                                                                                                                                                          Thomas, who can also be reached
                                                                                                                                                                          for more information on criteria at
                                                                                                                                                                          extension 5204, or email estrelita.
ulty of Commerce to raise thousands        orphaned and vulnerable children, and    by a team of 35 civil society, business      one-page statement of the nominee’s      thomas@uct.ac.za at the Department
of rands for charity.                      currently houses 40 children aged six    and government leaders, in which they        scholarly accomplishments; and           of Research & Innovation.
    For three months, a group of 150       months to 18 years. The money will       ask citizens to contribute to change in
students cruised streets and malls, fun-   go towards renovation work on the        the country.
draising sheets in hand, asking for R50
donations from individuals and organi-
                                           orphanage.
                                                 The fundraising project started
                                                                                         “They are citizens that don’t
                                                                                    sit back and wait for government,
                                                                                                                                                            Apology
sations. In the process they have raised   when lecturer Stuart Hendry chal-        but rather work together to create a            Please note that Professor Pippa Skotnes (Michaelis School of Fine Art)
R55 000 so far for the Emasithandane       lenged his students to do something      better future for all,” he explained to     and Professor Carolyn Hamilton were joint recipients of the strategic bid for
Children’s Project in Nyanga, and are      that will make a difference in this      students.                                   the Archive and Curatorship project.
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          8         Monday Paper                                                                       STUDENT LIFE                                                                                     24 – 30 May 2010 Volume 29#08




                 International honour for student outreach
U     CT student organisation Ubunye
      has won third prize in the second
round of the international MacJannet
                                               four projects are Inkanyezi, which
                                               improves post-school prospects for
                                               learners through mentorship and guid-
                                                                                                bers and over 210 active student
                                                                                                volunteers. During the first term, the
                                                                                                Ubunye projects ran about 190 work-
                                                                                                                                                      ence from their steering commit-
                                                                                                                                                      tee. Ubunye is also entirely run by
                                                                                                                                                      students, with no permanent staff,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ication on the part of the leaders of
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ubunye’s projects. They have ensured
                                                                                                                                                                                                           their continued success, despite the
Prize for Global Citizenship competi-          ance; the Media School’s provision               shops at our schools. So Ubunye’s                     and we work only with high school                    transient nature of student leader-
tion, which recognises exceptional             of journalism classes and also their             projects fulfil a variety of needs                     learners.                                            ship. I also think our growth over the
student civic engagement initiatives.          organisation of school newspapers,               through various after-school activities               Why do you think Ubunye de-                          past three years has been particularly
    Monday Paper spoke to Ubunye               which serves as a creative outlet for            with learners in township schools.                    serves this honour?                                  inspiring. Four years ago Ubunye
co-ordination committee chair Dun-             students; TeachOut, which provides               How is Ubunye different to                                 It is a tremendous achievement                  didn’t exist – and now, during the
can Clough.                                    tutoring in English, maths, science              SHAWCO?                                               that Ubunye has a weekly impact                      Plaza O-week recruitment drive, we
What does Ubunye do?                           and accounting; and the Township                     Ubunye’s projects are mostly                      on about 600 learners, considering                   managed to get over 550 students to
    Our primary function is provid-            Debating League, which trains learn-             independent. Each project manages                     that all our committee members are                   sign up. We have become a significant
ing support and accountability for our         ers in debating and critical thinking.           their own operations and sources their                pursuing full-time degrees at the                    presence in student-based community
projects through joint administrative          How big is Ubunye?                               own funding – whereas SHAWCO                          same time. I think the reward is an                  service.
work and organising events. The                     We have 45 committee mem-                   projects have a stronger influ-                        acknowledgement of the massive ded-                      Chris.McEvoy@uct.ac.za


       Nogapsbetween’s career takes shape                                                                                                                      Robust Robinson
N     ogapsbetween, a four-member
      rock band, has won this year’s
UCT Launch Your Band competition.                                                                                                                                 runs wild
The group, made up of vocalist Aaron
Jaffe, drummer Daniel Beck, guitar-
ist Steve Kimmel and bass guitarist
Adam Klass, won a R20 000 record-
                                                                                                                                                      W       illiam Robinson once again
                                                                                                                                                              proved his long-winded mettle
                                                                                                                                                      when he clinched top spots in two
ing contract sponsored by Sound                                                                                                                       endurance events – well, technically
& Motion studios, as well as the                                                                                                                      three.
opportunity to open the 2010 Rock-                                                                                                                         Firstly, his times for the Cape
ing the Daisies Festival at the Cape                                                                                                                  Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on 14
Farmhouse, Scarborough in October.                                                                                                                    March (3:03:33) and the Two Oceans
Nogapsbetween beat Stealing Larry                                                                                                                     Ultra Marathon on 23 April (3:56:48)
in the final, and both had the honour                                                                                                                  added up to the best combined time
of supporting Prime Circle in the final                                                                                                                (7:00:21) over the two races, about 17
at the V&A Waterfront recently. The                                                                                                                   minutes better than his closest rival.
RAG-organised event is an epic mu-                                                                                                                    This earned him his second Cape
sic competition that provides a plat-                                                                                                                 Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour & Old                   Off he goes: William Robinson left)
form for unknown bands to showcase                                                                                                                    Mutual Two Oceans Floating Trophy,                   is congratulated as he reachesthe
their work. The event also allowed                                                                                                                    following on his first such win in                    finish of the 50-mile race in the
RAG (aka Remember And Give) to                                                                                                                        2008.                                                Addo Elephant Trail Runs.
raise funds for its major beneficiary,                                                                                                                      Robinson’s overall time is about
the Students’ Health and Welfare                                                                                                                      27 minutes slower than that of his                   son at the start of the event. The race
Centre Organisation (SHAWCO).                                                                                                                         2008 races, but the widely-reported                  wouldn’t be exactly 50 miles (80km),
                                                                                                                                                      windy conditions on the day of the                   runners were informed.
                                                                                                                                                      Argus – a race he hadn’t actually                         “I found out at registration that

                                  Sports in shorts                                                                                                    prepared for, but which “wasn’t a
                                                                                                                                                      problem”, he says – were largely to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the organisers had extended the race
                                                                                                                                                                                                           by 4km,” he noted in a report. “At

   U     CT beat Stellenbosch University
         and the Cape Peninsula Univer-
   sity of Technology in a Western Cape
                                               matches. (Playing in a six-a-side format,
                                               a team wins a point for every game/set
                                               won in a clash, plus the winning team
                                                                                                Cup – University Sports South Africa
                                                                                                national squash tournament, which it
                                                                                                hopes to host in September.
                                                                                                                                                      blame for that.
                                                                                                                                                           And just a week after the 56km
                                                                                                                                                      Two Oceans, Robinson headed for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           least they added the distance on at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           beginning and not at the end! So that
                                                                                                                                                                                                           made the race 84 km.”
   squash tournament (the University of        earns a bonus point for every match                   UCT’s Laura Barrett and Kim Kay                  Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern                         He finished second in last year’s
   the Western Cape didn’t send a team)        won.) A 3-1 win in that deciding match           have earned places in the women’s                     Cape, where he won the 50-mile race                  Addo 100-miler, which wasn’t staged
   hosted in Stellenbosch at the start of      for Jeanae Dumas took UCT ahead                  national water polo team to take part in              in the 6th South African Addo El-                    in 2010.
   May. After seeing off CPUT quite            13-11, and the three bonus points for            the World League Champs in France                     ephant Trail Runs on 1 May. He took                       Robinson is currently a doctoral
   comfortably by 24-0, the tournament all     matches in the final game took the score          and Greece from 6 to 21 June. “The                    the lead at about the 20-mile mark,                  student with the Renewable Marine
   came down to the final clash, in which       to 16-11, and won UCT the competi-               competition is extremely stiff and we                 and finished in a time of 8:24:00, 12                 Resources Assessment and Manage-
   the UCT first side faced off against         tion. UCT’s now earned the right to              are still developing as a team, so we                 minutes ahead of the next finisher. (A                ment Group in the Department of
   the Maties first side. The teams tied at     represent Western Province in an abbre-          have a big challenge going in there,”                 field of 48 started the race.)                        Mathematics and Applied Mathemat-
   10-10 going into the final of their six      viated – blame that on the Soccer World          says Barrett.                                              But there was a surprise in store               ics.
                                                                                                                                                      for the typically unflappable Robin-                       Morgan.Morris@uct.ac.za



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