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Street life: First-year students such as Diana Ocholla hit the city’s
streets in numbers to sell Sax Appeal, one of RAG’s premier fund-
raising events for beneficiaries SHAWCO. (See full story on page 8.)
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                                                                                       Enquiring mind drives Kairinos
                                                                                                to win more
                                                                                       F    or Dr Nick Kairinos, accolades
                                                                                            seem to come naturally – he has
                                                                                       won awards every year since joining
                                                                                                                                                                         mind and the drive to follow your
                                                                                                                                                                         questions through with appropriate
                                                                                       Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) in                                                        He says he is fortunate to be
                                                                                       2005.                                                                             in an academic environment at
                                                                                            Last year he added three more                                                UCT, where young researchers are
                                                                                       when UCT awarded him one of its                                                   nurtured. Kairinos adds that his head
                                                                                       19 research associateships. He won                                                of department, Professor Donald
                                                                                       the award for the best presentation                                               Hudson, is one of the most well-
                                                                                       by a registrar at the South African                                               published professors in South Africa,
                                                                                       Society for Surgery of the Hand                                                   and that has helped in making his
                                                                                       Congress, and was honoured with                                                   publications of a high standard.
                                                                                       the best publication of 2009 award                                                     “The encouragement and sup-
                                                                                       at the Association of Plastic and                                                 port I’ve received from other senior
                                                                                       Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern                                               colleagues too, such as Dr Mike
                                                                                       Africa Congress.                                                                  Solomons, Prof Del Kahn and Prof
                                                                                            The best registrar prize was                                                 Kit Vaughan, has been a stimulus to
                                                                                       for a new technique he devised                                                    keep researching.”
                                                                                       with colleague Dr Steve Carter to                                                      But to win congress prizes there
                                                                                       separate syndactyly (fused fingers)                                                is also an element of luck, he says.
                                                                                       in congenital-hand surgery, and the                                                    “If your research findings happen
                                                                                       award for the best publication was                                                to be novel, and especially if they
                                                                                       for his publications on negative pres-   structive Surgery.                       are controversial, it makes the audi-
                                                                                       sure wound therapy, two of which             Kairinos, a registrar with GSH’s     ence sit up and listen. Unfortunately,
                                                                                       appeared back-to-back in the world’s     Department of Plastic and Recon-         research doesn’t always lead to
                                                                                       number one peer-reviewed plastic         structive Surgery, attributes his 14     interesting discoveries... I was lucky,
                                                                                       surgery journal, Plastic and Recon-      awards in five years to “an enquiring     there!”

                                                                                        New Confucius Institute opens
                                                                                           cultural doors for UCT
                                                                                        U     CT students will have the opportunity to study
                                                                                              Mandarin and learn about China’s culture with its
                                                                                        new Confucius Institute, which was officially launched on
                                                                                                                                                    the board of the Chinese Institute, deputy vice-chancellor
                                                                                                                                                    Professor Jo Beall.
                                                                                                                                                        “We are happy to have finally come to this point after
                                                                                        19 January.                                                 a long process, when we can reach out and extend the
                                                                                             A non-profit, public organisation, the Confucius In-    university’s global network with the Confucius Centre,”
                                                                                        stitute promotes Chinese language and culture throughout    said Beall.
Keeping it real: Nobel Laureate Prof Richard Ernst spoke science and social             the world. The UCT branch is the fourth in the country,         “We want our graduates to have the skills to engage in
responsibility when he delivered the VC’s Open Lecture this week.                       and joins over 280 Confucius Institutes in 83 countries     a globalised world. To do so they need to be multilingual,
                                                                                        around the world.                                           as emerging markets such as China and South Africa are

   Nobel winner
                                                                                             Housed in the Centre for Higher Education and De-      changing the face of the global economy.
                                                                                        velopment, the institute’s Mandarin courses will be open        “The Chinese Institute will aid UCT in transforma-
                                                                                        to students as well as those outside UCT.                   tion and promoting diversity. We would like to see more
                                                                                             Attending the launch was XU Ningsheng, vice-           people from China adding to our diversity, so that we can

 offers science and                                                                     president of UCT partner the Sun Yat-Sen University, who
                                                                                        unveiled the Confucius Institute plaque with the chair of
                                                                                                                                                    work towards a better world for all of us. Thank you for
                                                                                                                                                    choosing UCT, and we look forward to working together.”

   responsibility Wellcome fellowships for three
N     obel Laureate Richard Ernst had
      his work cut out for him when
he delivered UCT’s first Vice-Chan-
                                            NMR and MRI in a host of scientific
                                            fields, including the ‘fingerprinting’
                                            and 3D imaging of molecules, the
                                                                                       T    he Wellcome Trust has an-
                                                                                            nounced the award of three
                                                                                       new Wellcome Trust Fellowships
                                                                                                                                central to how HIV causes AIDS.
                                                                                                                                Understanding the pathways and
                                                                                                                                molecules causing immune activation
cellor’s Open Lecture for 2010 on 1         study of molecular dynamics, the           to researchers at UCT’s Institute of     may lead to new therapies to treat
February.                                   probing of Mad Cow Disease, the            Infectious Diseases and Molecular        HIV infection.
     His audience was something of          detection of brain tumours and, with a     Medicine.
a mixed bag, ranging from atten-            medical-imaging technique known as             Dr Kathy Burgers has been
tive school learners to lay scientists      angiography, exploring the insides of      awarded an Intermediate Fellow-
to knowledgeable colleagues. So in          blood vessels and organs of the body.      ship in Public Health and Tropical
his often-humorous lecture, titled              “I hope that I have convinced          Medicine to continue her ground-
Fascinating Insights in Chemistry,          you that magnetic resonance imaging        breaking research on immunity to
Biology and Medicine by NMR and             is an irrefutable testimonial to the       HIV-1 infection, with the sponsorship
MRI, Ernst, joint winner of the Nobel       enormous value of basic research,”         of Professor Carolyn Williamson.
Prize in Chemistry in 1991, had to          he said.                                   Burgers’ proposed work seeks to
run the gamut as he ever-so-modestly            Ernst then dedicated the final          understand why and how the immune
explained his own contributions to          part of his lecture to the more social     system becomes so ‘hyperactivated’
the development of nuclear magnetic         aspects of science. Society’s ills, he     in HIV-infected people, which is                                                      Shepherd Nhamoyebonde has
resonance (NMR) spectroscopy – said         said, are not the result of a lack of                                                                                        been awarded a Master’s Fellowship
to be the most important instrumental       science.                                                                                                                     to research vitamin D and HIV-asso-
measuring technique in chemistry.               “Our lack is a lack of foresight, a                                                                                      ciated tuberculosis in South Africa
This in turn led to the development of      lack of responsibility, a lack of public                                                                                     under the sponsorship and supervi-
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),           spirit. That is what we need to solve                                                   Dr Hanif Esmail was awarded          sion of Dr Adrian Martineau at the
the biomedical instrument widely            the problems of the world.”                                                         a Research Training Fellowship in        NIMR, Dr Katalin A Wilkinson and
used today to perform non-invasive              In illustration, he showcased                                                   Clinical Science that will investigate   Prof Robert J Wilkinson, both at
diagnoses of the human body.                some of the work done by him and                                                    inactive tuberculosis, under the spon-   UCT.
     So Ernst delved deep into the          others at Eidgenössiche Technische                                                  sorship and supervision of Professor         Based in the UK, The Wellcome
‘basic’ science that underpins the          Hochschule (ETH, or the Swiss                                                       Douglas Young at the National Insti-     Trust supports many different kinds
technology – particularly the early         Federal Institute of Technology) in                                                 tute for Medical Research (NIMR) in      of research and activities around
efforts by his group to boost NMR’s         Zurich, where he is a professor of                                                  the UK, Dr Clifton Barry III at the      the world, with the ultimate aim of
sensitivity, to allow it to identify more   physical chemistry, to promote sci-                                                 National Institute of Health in the US   protecting and improving human and
chemical substances than it could           ence among the general public.                                                      and Professor Robert J Wilkinson at      animal health.
initially. He also related the uses of          (                                                       UCT.                                         (
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      First in-depth book on Hoodia trade
A    lively panel discussion on
     the worldwide marketing of
Hoodia and its effects on the San
                                                                                                                           raised included how the San, argu-
                                                                                                                           ably the most marginalised people
                                                                                                                           in Africa, can be made partners in
                                                                                                                                                                       her department is in a position to
                                                                                                                                                                       enforce new, progressive legislation
                                                                                                                                                                       protecting the San in the market-
people served to launch a book on                                                                                          the marketing of Hoodia, rather than        ing of Hoodia, it doesn’t have the
the subject, co-edited by Dr Rachel                                                                                        merely knowledge holders, and the           capacity at present.
Wynberg of UCT’s Environmental                                                                                             reasons for the recent decline in the           “The issue is relatively new, and
Evaluation Unit, and to welcome                                                                                            worldwide Hoodia market, and how            we’re still trying to slot it in,” she
the 40 delegates to a UCT training                                                                                         this could be addressed.                    said.
course to build African capacity in                                                                                            Panellists agreed that the market           The book, Indigenous Peoples,
access and benefit sharing.                                                                                                 decline was at least partially caused       Consent and Benefit-Sharing: Les-
    The week-long course was a first                                                                                        by imitation ‘fly-by-night’ manu-            sons from the San-Hoodia case, is
for Africa, and co-ordinated by Dr                                                                                         facturers, who produced ineffective         the first in-depth account of Hoodia
Rachel Wynberg, in collaboration                                                                                           products containing little or no            bioprospecting and use of tradi-
with the ABS Capacity Develop-                                                                                             Hoodia.                                     tional San knowledge in the global
ment Initiative for Africa. Plans are                                                                                          Robby Gass of the Southern Af-          context of indigenous peoples’
now afoot to roll it out elsewhere in                                                                                      rican Hoodia Growers Association            rights. Wynberg’s co-editors were
Africa.                                                                                                                    noted that the San are the face of          Professor Doris Schroeder, a lead-
    The discussion, facilitated by                                                                                         authentic Southern African Hoodia,          ing European expert on ethics and
former chairperson of the Human          Planting ideas: At the launch were (from left): Mario Mahongo (South Afri-        and should be promoting it world-           benefit sharing, and Roger Chen-
Rights Commission Jody Kollapen,        can San Council representative), Andries Steenkamp (chair of the South Af-         wide. Lacticia Tshitwamulomoni,             nells, the lawyer who negotiated the
included panellists representing        rican San Council and the Hoodia Benefit-Sharing Trust), UCT’s Dr Rachel            assistant director of the National          benefit-sharing deal on behalf of the
the San people, farmers, govern-        Wynberg and Mathambo Ngakaeaja (WIMSA-Working Group for Indigenous                 Department of Water Affairs and             San.
ment, industry and academia. Topics     Minorities in Southern Africa).                                                    Environment, noted that although                (

 Top of the pile: what’s the point of international rankings?
                                                          T     wo of the
                                                                major interna-
                                                          tional university
                                                                                 while it’s is also the leading African
                                                                                 university in Shanghai Jiao Tong
                                                                                 University’s Academic Ranking of
                                                                                                                           Sienaert, director of UCT’s Research
                                                                                                                                There’s also a bias in favour of
                                                                                                                                                                       prospective students, donors, inter-
                                                                                                                                                                       national universities on the lookout
                                                                                                                                                                       for prestigious partnerships, and
                                                          rankings have,         World Universities (ARWU), earning        the physical sciences at the expense        academics scouting for a place from
                                                          without fail in re-    a spot in the 200-300 cluster. (ARWU      of the humanities. On the other hand,       where to make their mark on world
                                                          cent years, singled    doesn’t award individual spots be-        when the rankings come out, the             academia.
                                                          out UCT as the         yond the first 100).                       humanities can also bask in the mo-              The ratings “signal” that comes
                                                          foremost African            The university has been cautious     ment’s glory, explains Professor Joe        with UCT’s steadily improving
                                                          university, placing    in its communications on the rank-        Muller, deputy dean responsible for         ratings “is critical in a globalis-
                                                          it well ahead of its   ings, refraining from any unbecoming      research and postgraduate affairs in        ing higher education terrain where
                                                          national and conti-    swagger, other than the occasional        the Faculty of Humanities.                  competition – for research and donor
                                                          nental peers.          Monday Paper front-page piece.                 “That is because the ratings ap-       funding, for good academics, for
                                                               In 2009, UCT           It’s not just modesty that tempers   ply to the whole institution, and the       good students – is hotting up,” notes
                                                          jumped 33 spots        the celebrations. University rank-        humanities benefit from a sort of halo       Muller.
                                                          up The Times           ings remain controversial, and UCT        effect,” he says.                                So UCT is taking a proactive
                                                          Higher Education       remains mindful of ranking systems’            So gripes aside, it’s hard to over-    approach to the issue. Following
                                                          University Rank-       shortcomings. Notable here is the         look the value of a decent, media-          a dedicated indaba, the University
                                                          ings (formerly         weight (all of 40%) given to the          bandied ranking. As UCT has found.          Research Committee has drawn up
                                                          The Times Higher       necessarily subjective peer reviews            “It’s clear that, although universi-   a framework on how the university
                                                          Education-Quac-        – which measures an institutions’         ties are sceptical about it, at the         will respond to and engage with these
                                                          quarelli Symonds       reputation – in the Times ranking,        same time everyone recognises that          rankings. Faculties have been asked
                                                          World University       and the rankings’ sometimes limited       people look at these rankings, and          to develop benchmarking standards
                                                          Rankings), where       indicators.                               that they have an effect and that they      that will allow comparison “in a
                                                          at number 146 it’s          “For universities in the Global      do influence behaviour,” says deputy         meaningful way”, says Visser.
                                                          the only African       South, many of the things that make       vice-chancellor for research, Profes-            So it won’t be a case of how to
                                                          university listed      us special and world class are not        sor Danie Visser.                           keep UCT’s upward momentum go-
                                                          in the top 200,        necessarily tangible,” says Dr Marilet         ‘Everyone’ meaning parents and         ing on the ranking systems. Instead,
                                                                                                                                                                       the university is using the opportu-
                                                                                                                                                                       nity to emphasise the need for good
                                                                                                                                                                       benchmarking that does not treat sci-
                                                                                                                                                                       ence, engineering, social science and
                                                                                                                                                                       humanities as if they are the same
                                                                                                                                                                       thing, explains Sienaert.
                                                                                                                                                                            UCT also needs to identify
                                                                                                                                                                       matching universities in the Global
                                                                                                                                                                       South, which means UCT can then
                                                                                                                                                                       compare apples with apples.
                                                                                                                                                                            “We will always keep the north
                                                                                                                                                                       in mind, but with the benchmarking
                                                                                                                                                                       we want to see what role we can play
                                                                                                                                                                       in relation to countries like China,
                                                                                                                                                                       India and Brazil, to see how we
                                                                                                                                                                       could become the preferred partner
                                                                                                                                                                       in the South,” she says. “To do that,
                                                                                                                                                                       we need to compare ourselves with
                                                                                                                                                                       strong institutions in the South.”
                                                                                                                                                                            To this end, UCT has now joined
                                                                                                                                                                       an international survey platform
                                                                                                                                                                       group that aims to develop ranking
                                                                                                                                                                       surveys that are properly targeted and
                                                                                                                                                                       have large representative samples,
                                                                                                                                                                       reflecting views from all corners of
                                                                                                                                                                       the world.
                                                                                                                                                                            So no headlong dash to scale the
                                                                                                                                                                       greasy pole of international rankings
                                                                                                                                                                       at all costs.
                                                                                                                                                                            “Rather, what we want to do is
                                                                                                                                                                       perform better in those criteria that
                                                                                                                                                                       we consider to be valuable,” says
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     Overhaul for security-card system
                                                                                   declined to take on the old system,        the card up close to the RFID reader,     both a magnetic stripe and the RFID
                                                                                   due to its complexity and lack of          rather than slide it through.             chip, which will be good to go on
                                                                                   documentation.)                                 (Duncan demonstrates that the        both sets of readers.
                                                                                        In addition, it’s getting harder      reader picks up on the RFID chip              For now, staff and students will
                                                                                   for the university to lay its hands on     even when the card is still inside a      generally keep the security profiles
                                                                                   some of the dated hardware on which        plastic sleeve attached to a lanyard.)    they had on the old system. So,
                                                                                   the current system is founded.             So no more double-takes, and flipping      should they have and continue to
                                                                                        Now, UCT will install a new ac-       the card first this way then that way      need access rights to more than one
                                                                                   cess-management system developed           while trying to figure out which way       building, they’ll keep those rights,
                                                                                   by a South African company called          the magnetic stripe should face.          promises Duncan.
                                                                                   Impro Technologies. Local distribu-             Going one better, Firespec Sys-          “The basic remit that I’ve been
                                                                                   tor Powell Tronics has designed the        tems has installed a state-of-the-art     given is that we are replacing the
                                                                                   interface between the Impro system         biometric system – using fingerprint       existing system; we are not signifi-
                                                                                   and UCT’s ‘identity vault’ or identity     identification – at the ICTS data cen-     cantly changing the methodology or
                                                                                   and access management system. This         tre in the Bremner Building, as part of   approach to access control,” he says.
                                                                                   identity vault receives data from four     the project.                                  The installation of the new system
                                                                                   databases: PeopleSoft (which holds              In the transition period between     should be complete at some time in
                                                                                   student details), SAP HR (for staff        the old system and the new, users will    the second half of the year.
Safety first: The new-look staff and student card.                                  information), the university’s third-      be issued with a card that comes with         (
                                                                                   party system (for external service pro-
                                                                                                                                So how does this affect staff and students?
E   xpect plenty of handyman-type
    bustle around doorways, security
gates and vehicle booms over coming
                                         Court, the 2 Rhodes Avenue offices
                                         and the Bremner Building.
                                              The upgrade has been on the
                                                                                   viders, for example), and RMS (the
                                                                                   residence management system).
                                                                                        Kinks in the set-up are currently
                                                                                                                                • First-time students are receiving
                                                                                                                                  the new cards on registration,
                                                                                                                                                                           directors and the like when their
                                                                                                                                                                           buildings are scheduled for
months as UCT overhauls its access-      cards since 2007, and for a number        tackled by the access-control opera-           and all cards issued since 1             upgrades.
control system in a multi-million-rand   of reasons, explains project manager      tions staff in Properties & Services,          December 2009 are the new card         • New cards may be obtained at
project.                                 Professor Andy Duncan. For one            supported by Firespec Systems,                 type (which can be identified by          the Access Control Office in the
    Six million rand, to be precise.     thing, the current system is under-       Powell Tronics, and ICTS.                      the Impro logo, made up of two           Leslie Social Science Build-
That’s how much the university is        pinned by software developed and               Fittingly, the new system comes           little triangles, on the bottom          ing, but a temporary card-issue
investing in a multi-campus-wide         still maintained by a former staff        with a new staff/student card, which           right corner of the face of the          facility will be set up for those
upgrade of the system, which will        member long since retired. So should      on the surface is a dead ringer for            card).                                   housed in large buildings on
involve issuing some 35 000 new          the proverbial bus come along…            the current card, bar a telltale small       • Staff and returning students will        upper campus, and for buildings
identity cards and replacing hard-            “The system has worked really        Impro logo on the face of the card.            be notified when the buildings            on the other campuses. This tem-
ware – most noticeably the ubiquitous    well for many, many years,” says               But differences run deeper. The           they frequent are going to be            porary facility will operate for a
Magstripe readers – in and around 90     Duncan, “but the arrangement clearly      new card uses proximity technology             upgraded onto the new system.            few days prior to the upgrade of
buildings, which adds up to some 700     constitutes a risk to the university.”    and has an embedded radio-frequency          • The project manager will notify          access control in a specific build-
doors, gates and booms. The system            (Information and Communica-          identification (RFID) chip. Which               heads of departments, deans,             ing.
has already been installed at Shell      tion Technology Services [ICTS] has       means that the user simply has to hold

     Email and calendaring set for change
2    009 was the year in which
     GroupWise, as an email solution
for UCT, came under tremendous
                                         attractive solution (notably its cross-
                                         platform support) may have been
                                         superseded as our operations have
                                                                                   could be that another enterprise email
                                                                                   and calendaring solution (such as
                                                                                   Microsoft’s Exchange, for example)
                                                                                                                              way. Not to be outdone by Google,
                                                                                                                              Microsoft also has email accessible
                                                                                                                              in this way, and later this year, Word
                                                                                                                                                                        Gartner, the world’s leading informa-
                                                                                                                                                                        tion technology research and advi-
                                                                                                                                                                        sory company; and we have taken
scrutiny.                                evolved in an increasingly technolog-     could replace GroupWise on campus,         and Excel will be available ‘on the       legal advice relating to potential data
     In March, Information and Com-      ically-interconnected world.              and provide the functionality and          cloud’. In essence, your computer         privacy and intellectual property (IP)
munication Technology Services                Another factor that may play         stability we all desire.                   becomes a souped-up dumb terminal         issues.
(ICTS) implemented a System and          a role in increasing our options is
Service Announcements section on         the fact that by the middle of the        Outsourcing                                “Just because GroupWise has been having
its website, and to date more than       year, UCT will have full access to            One of the significant costs asso-
170 messages have been posted            our share of the SEACOM internet          ciated with any enterprise-level soft-     ongoing problems does not necessarily imply that
relating to issues with GroupWise.       bandwidth. Not many of us can really      ware is that of the maintenance of the
Toward the end of last year, Novell      appreciate what this will mean, but if    platform that provides the service.        ICTS is not able to provide this service. Indeed,
became actively involved in trying       you used the internet during January,     Significant time and energy has been
to address some of the ongoing prob-     you would have experienced the            invested by ICTS in trying to ensure       a number of the issues we were experiencing
lems we were experiencing; to their      benefit of a ‘bit’ more (now a total of    that UCT has a stable email and
credit, many of the issues identified     80 Mbps) bandwidth that ICTS has          calendaring service – at significant        were also being experienced by other GroupWise
have now been resolved to the extent     added to our service. This is just a      cost. A possible solution could be the
that no ‘System and Service An-          drop compared to what we will have        outsourcing of the back-end systems        installations across the world.”
nouncements’ relating to GroupWise       access to once we are fully linked        that provide this service. UCT would
have been posted since the first week     into the South African National           enter into a service-level agreement
of December.                             Research Network (SANReN), and            with a commercial provider who             that you use to operate ‘your’ pro-           At our most recent meeting in
     At the height of the pain we        then (via SEACOM) to the rest of the      would then take on the responsibility      grams remotely. A clear advantage         January, it became clear that moving
were all experiencing, the University    world.                                    of ensuring a specific level of avail-      of this scenario is that your data        our email and calendaring to the
Information and Communication                 A preliminary investigation re-      ability at all times. With this solution   and services are available anywhere       cloud has a number of very attractive
Technology Committee (UICTC)             vealed that there are three high-level    we could still elect which enterprise      you can log onto the internet – and       benefits. In order to find out more
constituted an Email Working Group       options available to us. Firstly, ICTS    solution to use – possibly even            through whichever device you elect        about the practicalities associated
to make recommendations, among           could continue to provide UCT’s           GroupWise, should that turn out to be      to use. Both Google and Microsoft         with this course of action, we will
other duties, as to what the long-term   email and calendaring solution.           the agreed way forward.                    now have fully comprehensive solu-        shortly be holding meetings with
solution could be for email at UCT.      Secondly, UCT could elect to out-                                                    tions for academic institutions such      representatives from both Microsoft
Remember, however, that GroupWise        source the provision of this solution.    The cloud                                  as ours.                                  and Google, as well as with other
is more than simply an email system.     Thirdly, UCT could look internation-          An ever increasing array of                Each of these options has             local academic institutions who have
It is an integrated collaboration and    ally, and make use of the emergence       services is available for use on the       strengths and weaknesses associ-          recently moved their student email to
productivity suite providing such        of ‘cloud’ computing services.            internet. Typically, these services        ated with them. For example, having       the cloud.
functionality as email, messaging,                                                 are provided by applications that          a professional company take over              At the same time, we would wel-
calendaring, etc. Therefore, any long-   The internal solution                     run on computers somewhere else in         email and calendaring from ICTS           come comment from the UCT com-
term solution must cater for all of          ICTS currently has a well-devel-      the world. The point is that it really     through an outsourcing agreement          munity on the future of email and
these aspects of our activities.         oped infrastructure, with the capacity    doesn’t matter where these comput-         will be tremendously costly, while        calendaring at UCT. To this end, we
     Although there is a feeling         to support our email and calendaring      ers are located, as you access and         moving to the cloud raises data           will be engaging with the academics’
among many that GroupWise should         requirements. Just because Group-         work with them through the internet.       security concerns. The Email Work-        and employees’ unions, the Students’
be summarily replaced, it is impor-      Wise has been having ongoing              Google’s Gmail is a classic example        ing Group is drawing on a number          Representative Council, and faculties
tant that a careful analysis be under-   problems does not necessarily imply       of this concept – the application, to-     of sources in trying to determine the     via their faculty-based ICT Commit-
taken to determine the best way for-     that ICTS is not able to provide this     gether with your email and associated      best way forward. One of our team         tees. We also invite you to contact us
ward. An investigation of this nature    service. Indeed, a number of the is-      storage space, is hosted on a super-       recently visited a number of US           directly on
is also timely. Technology evolves at    sues we were experiencing were also       computer on the ‘cloud’, somewhere         universities that have had to make            – Assoc Prof Brandon Collier-
a rapid pace and the determining fac-    being experienced by other Group-         in cyberspace. Google also has a full      similar decisions; we have engaged        Reed, director: Centre for Research
tors that initially made GroupWise an    Wise installations across the world. It   office suite that is available in this      extensively with experts from             in Engineering Education.
 8 – 21 February 2010 Volume 29#01                                                          RESEARCH                                                              Monday Paper                          5

Half-century milestone for the Fitztitute
                  UCT’s prestigious Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology celebrates its 50th birthday

T    he year 1960 heralded a pivotal
     decade, marked by countercul-
turalism and the Cold War. John F
Kennedy was elected US president
after a narrow contest against Rich-
ard Nixon, Soviet Sputnik 5 launched
two dogs into space, and the first oral
contraceptives were made avail-
able. It was an interesting global
climate in which to launch UCT’s
Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African
    Five decades ago phrases such as
‘global warming’ and ‘mass extinc-
tions’ were not part of the layman’s
lexicon. A brief 50 years later, both
phrases have become watch points
for massive ecological changes, har-
bingers of poverty, disease and mass
extinctions, all of which highlight the
institute’ s critical mitigating role in
conservation research and capacity-
    The institute’s name carries its
own story, borrowed from Sir Percy
FitzPatrick – author of another Afri-
can classic, Jock of the Bushveld – by
the institute’s creator, Fitzpatrick’s
granddaughter, the late Cecily Niven.
    The sole ornithological research
institute in the Southern Hemisphere,
the ‘Fitztitute’, housed in the Depart-
ment of Zoology, is one of only a
handful of ornithological research
institutes in the world. Its record of     The institute’s protection programmes for rare and threatened birds in Africa include a project on the conservation biology of Ludwig’s Bustard (Neotis
excellence in research, postgraduate       ludwigii). This bird is near-endemic to Southern Africa, and thought to be in decline because of mortality caused by collisions with overhead power lines.
studies and public awareness was           These birds are particularly susceptible to collision because they are large and heavy, and lack manoeuvrability.
endorsed in 2004 when the institute
was awarded a DST/NRF Centre               Environment Sir Norman Myers to          the Said Business School, Oxford
of Excellence mantle as a Centre of        deliver the Vice-Chancellor’s Open       University, also devoted a couple of                                               • 2006 – creation of the Pola
Excellence in Birds as Keys to Biodi-      Lecture on 10 February, titled Mass      weeks to teaching MSc conservation
                                                                                                                                Milestone years:                         Pasvolsky Chair in Conserva-
versity Conservation.                      Extinction of Species: Why we should     biology students at the Fitztitute.         • 1989 - ornithology is identi-          tion Biology, made possible
    Kicking off half-century-status        care and what we can do about it.             The Fitztitute’s director, Profes-       fied as the most internationally        by a generous private endow-
celebrations, the institute has invited        Sir Norman, a Fellow of the 21st     sor Phil Hockey, said: “Over the              competitive scientific disci-           ment left to the institute. The
Time Magazine Global Hero of the           Century School, Green College and        past 50 years the institute’s proud           pline in South Africa, ranking         incumbent is Professor Graeme
                                                                                    record of research, teaching and              third in the world.                    Cumming.
                                                                                    public awareness of science has been        • 1992 - the institute introduced      • 2008 - research in conservation
                                           First class: Conservation Biology        cemented by hard work and strategic           a taught MSc course in con-            science at UCT is identified
                                           Master’s student Gina Louw is the
                                                                                    planning.                                     servation biology, which has           as the most internationally
                                           2010 recipient of the Umhlanga
                                                                                         “While a 50th anniversary is a           graduated over 200 students            significant of any Southern
                                           Rotary Conservation Bursary. She
                                                                                    time to reflect and celebrate, it’s also       from all over the world. Some          Hemisphere university, ranking
                                           was photographed with Prof Phil
                                                                                    a time to look to the future and plan         85% of its graduates are now           equal with the fourth-rated
                                           Hockey, director of the Percy Fitz-
                                                                                    how we can raise our achievements             employed in the field of con-           university in North America.
                                           Patrick Institute of African Ornithol-
                                                                                    to even higher levels.                        servation.
                                           ogy. Louw will present the achieve-
                                                                                         “Securing a sustainable future in
                                           ments of the course to the Rotary
                                           Club of Umhlanga during the first         the face of escalating global change
                                           quarter of 2011. “In light of all the    will require innovative approaches to     underpin the establishment of a          These celebrations are being led by
                                           threats that our continent faces, it     conserving biodiversity.”                 bursary fund for African students,       the Secretariat of the Convention on
                                           would be my ultimate future priority          During 2010 the Fitztitute is        to further the continent’s ability to    Biological Diversity which, through
                                           to know that I am participating in       planning activities that will increase    conserve its biodiversity.               its partner, Countdown 2010, is
                                           making a difference,” she said at        its public profile and consolidate its         It also helps that the United        mobilising hundreds of key organisa-
                                           the presentation.                        financial security.                        Nations has declared 2010 the            tions to help conserve the world’s
                                                                                         Fund-raising activities will also    International Year of Biodiversity.      biodiversity.

                                            S    ecretary of State HILLARY
                                                 RODHAM CLINTON has
                                            reversed the Bush administration’s
                                                                                    right to demand sex for grades”,
                                                                                    researchers at the University of Sus-
                                                                                    sex have found. Louise Morley and
                                                                                                                                  Rubber bullets were fired at
                                                                                                                              students at the DURBAN UNI-
                                                                                                                              VERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                                                                                                      the International Exhibition for
                                                                                                                                                                      Higher Education. Over 300 insti-
                                                                                                                                                                      tutes are represented in this first-
                                            decisions to bar two prominent for-     Kattie Lussier wrote their study af-      after a protest over fee hikes led to   time event, hoping to attract Saudi
                                            eign Muslim scholars, Adam Habib,       ter encountering widespread reports       a violent clash between students        students. Participating countries
                                            a South African political commenta-     of sexual harassment suffered by          and security. Three people were         include the UK, the US, Canada,
                                            tor, and Tariq Ramadan, a European      female students in the two coun-          injured. Registration is back to nor-   India, South Africa, Poland and
                                            scholar of Islam, from entry into       tries’ higher education systems.          mal after striking students decided     Australia.
                                            the US.                                      CHINA AND OTHER ASIAN                to suspend their protest action.            THE CARNEGIE CORPO-
     Education news                              Vice-chancellors could be          countries are responding to the               More of BRITAIN’S poor are          RATION OF NEW YORK has
     from Africa and                        ousted by the funding council under     global recession with massive pub-        attending university than there         announced that it will commit
                                            new proposals at the LONDON             lic investment in higher education        were in 2004, but the wealthiest        US$30 million over the next three
        the world                           METROPOLITAN UNIVER-                    while Western nations cut university      remain more likely to win a spot        years to a new higher education in
     (Sources: Independent Online,          SITY. The plans follow the recent       budgets, an international conference      where space is limited. Demand          Africa strategy that will prioritise
   Reuters, Times Higher Education,         stand-off between funding chiefs        has heard. Among the speeches at          for varsity spaces among middle-        strengthening the next generation
      Daily News, Cape Argus, The           and the university, which led to the    the World Universities Forum in           income earners has been hard hit        of academics and university lead-
   Times, Sowetan, BBC News, Arab           claw-back of tens of millions of        Davos, Switzerland, were two that         by increased fees.                      ers. The foundation has spent more
     News, Mail Online, University          pounds from the institution.            highlighted contrasting government            Dr Khaled Al-Anqari, the min-       than US$100 million supporting
   World News, AllAfrica, Chronicle              Some male lecturers in GHANA       and public attitudes to higher edu-       ister of HIGHER EDUCATION               higher education in Africa in the
         of Higher Education.)              AND TANZANIA “consider it their         cation in China and the US.               IN SAUDI ARABIA, has opened             past decade.
  6       Monday Paper                                                                                     NEWS                                                                 8 – 21 February 2010 Volume 29#01

                                     A day in a life of the UCT Web Editor
  W       eb editor Shumi Chimombe
          is responsible for the editorial
  and content management of UCT’s
                                                                                             and I produce the creative content.
                                                                                             As of this year, I am also driving the
                                                                                             university’s overall social media com-
                                                                                                                                          corporate website, Facebook, Flickr (a
                                                                                                                                          photo-sharing site), and for the future,
                                                                                                                                          we are considering Twitter (a micro-
                                                                                                                                                                                       about our foray into the social media

  corporate website, as well as for the                                                      munications strategy.                        blogging broadcast site), Mxit, Itunes       What are the challenges of your
  strategic planning and development of                                                                                                   and YouTube. It will be a gradual            job?
  the website as a marketing tool.                                                           Tell us more about the social                roll-out process as it will depend on             There is only one of me doing a
                                                                                             media strategy                               the availability of time and resources.      variety of tasks, therefore some careful
  What is the name of your unit                                                                   There is a world-wide trend             All of these channels will serve to          time management is vital. The Online
  and who works in it?                                                                       among universities to use social media       communicate UCT’s vision and key             Communications team is extremely
       I am part of the Online Commu-                                                        to engage directly with their constitu-      messages such as research, teaching          helpful in giving technical assistance
  nications Unit in the Communication                                                        ents and with the community. There           and learning, social responsiveness,         and maintaining website content when
  and Marketing Department. Rethea                                                           are a lot of active UCT groups on            transformation, student leadership           I am unavailable. It’s also a struggle to
  Deetlefs and her team are the technical                                                    social media platforms like Facebook         and campus life. We have already             convince content managers to update
  architects and constructors of the cor-                                                    which are run mostly by students and         established an official Facebook fan          their website sections. It’s really pain-
  porate website, and I am the interior                                                      alumni. But we realised that UCT             page (which you can access from the          ful to stumble upon a web page that is
  decorator, making sure that the content                                                    didn’t have an official corporate             corporate website homepage) and a            scarily out of date.
  is enriched, relevant and interactive. I                                                   presence that can connect with people        Flickr page with a variety of photo
  also work very closely with the mar-                                                       and keep them informed on the latest         albums.                                      What is the weirdest thing you
  keting and communications manager,                                                         campus news and developments. Not                                                         have encountered?
  Murray Steyn, and the Publications          that it is up-to-date. If it isn’t, I either   everyone consciously sets out to go          What do you enjoy the most                        The fact that in this day and age,
  and Information unit.                       update the information myself or I             to the website unless they are looking       about your work?                             people still don’t consider the website
                                              chase after the content managers of            for specific information, but we can              It’s a very creative and varied job      to be a vital aspect of their commu-
  What do you do on a day-to-day              the UCT departments to remind them             go into their social media spaces and        in which I constantly have to think up       nications. The website is the window
  basis?                                      to update their sections. I regularly put      lure them onto our website. There is         new ideas. It’s also interesting keeping     through which the world can learn
       I publish the daily news (in html),    together photo-albums and podcasts.            a popular term in social media circles       up to date with the latest web trends        about UCT and its work, and so it’s
  which is produced by the newsroom,          In terms of web marketing, I identify          that says “fish where the fish are.” So        and seeing how we can integrate those        really strange that it is not considered
  on the website. I also monitor the con-     appropriate external websites on               we are busy establishing an integrated       trends into our web communications           important enough to be given the
  tent on the corporate website to ensure     which we can advertise the university,         social media presence that includes the      and marketing. I’m also very excited         priority that it deserves.

                                             LETTER                                          Ralph Lawrence: 1920-2009
 Dear Editor                                  • When reviewing messages one
                                                gets in a dead end; it is not pos-           P    rofessor Ralph Lawrence, who
                                                                                                  in 1945 was one of the first three

 T    here has been a lot of comment
      about dissatisfaction with the
 UCT email system; however, little
                                                sible to save a message and then
                                                go on to listen to the next one,
                                                so you can’t review all the saved
                                                                                             black students to graduate with a medi-
                                                                                             cal degree from UCT, has died.
                                                                                                  Lawrence, born in Durban in 1920,
 seems to have been said about the              messages.                                    died on 17 December 2009 after a long
 UCT telephone messaging system,              • Many of the options don’t work,              career in forensic medicine. As one
 which is also completely unsatisfac-           for example a “reply to this mes-            of the first black doctors to graduate
 tory.                                          sage” option always bombs out.               from UCT, he worked actively for an
 My gripes include:                           • When reviewing old messages                  end to racism in medicine, even after
  • The system programmer was                   after being told there are many              he left South Africa in 1948 to pursue
    unable to get the counting right:           waiting there for review, you are            postgraduate studies, driven overseas
    it always announces the wrong               told “this message is too old and            by the racism of the new apartheid
    number of new messages.                     has been deleted” followed by a              government.
  • There are numerous unintelligi-             lot of meaningless stuff. You are                 He matriculated in 1938 and was
    ble options presented, instead of           then offered the option of delet-            accepted for medical studies in the
    the few well-used ones someone              ing a message that has already               UK in 1939, but World War II broke           Setting things right: In 2002, Prof Ralph Lawrence (right) returned to UCT to
    like me needs.                              been deleted.                                out and scuppered his plans. Instead,        sign the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Charter, which committed it to recon-
  • The numbers chosen for various           Who is in charge? Surely UCT                    he worked as a bricklayer’s assistant        ciliation. With Lawrence is Prof Ralph Kirsch.
    response options are completely          deserves something better?                      and in an advertising agency before
    random and illogical; there is                                                           applying and being accepted to study         however, and members even walked             tion of Police Surgeons from 1993 to
    no underlying systematic use of          George Ellis                                    medicine at UCT in 1940.                     out of the annual SRC dinner because         1994, and an internationally renowned
    these numbers.                           Maths, UCT                                           Life in Cape Town and UCT was           of his presence. He was also barred          ambassador and champion of clinical
                                                                                             full of trials. He wasn’t allowed to         from the official SRC photograph in           forensic medicine. He was also made
                                                                                             stay in a university residence, so he        case the Chancellor, Jan Smuts, was          an Officer of the British Empire.
                                                                                             moved into a District Six hotel where        offended by the presence of a black               His 2006 autobiography, A Fire in
   New faces to represent                                                                    “conditions were basic and the food
                                                                                             was poor”. When he pointed this out,
                                                                                                                                               In a speech made at the end of his
                                                                                                                                                                                       His Hand, included sharp insights into
                                                                                                                                                                                       the history of social medicine in UK.

       UCT alumni                                                                            he was asked to leave and had to find
                                                                                             accommodation with an Indian family.
                                                                                                  At UCT, he wasn’t even sure if he
                                                                                                                                          term of office on the SRC, Lawrence
                                                                                                                                          called on students to take a firm stand
                                                                                                                                          on democracy, and to fight for a better
                                                                                                                                                                                            In May 2002, Lawrence returned
                                                                                                                                                                                       to UCT to sign a Faculty Charter
                                                                                                                                                                                       highlighting non-discrimination and
                                                                                             would be allowed to complete his clini-      South Africa.                                equality as part of the Faculty of Health
                                                                                             cal studies after the initial pre-clinical        In 1945, Lawrence, Cassim Saib          Sciences’ commitment to reconcilia-
                                                                                             programme. After Lawrence and others         and Maramoothoo Samy-Padiachy be-            tion. He was appointed an honorary
                                                                                             petitioned UCT, they were allowed to         came the first black students to gradu-       visiting professor to the faculty in 2003.
                                                                                             register for the clinical years, but on      ate from UCT with medical degrees.                “The life and story of Professor
                                                                                             condition that they would not enter               In September 1948, Lawrence left        Ralph Lawrence – and that of many
                                                                                             ‘European’ wards or be present at any        South Africa to further his studies in the   other students like him – is a chronicle
                                                                                             examination or clinic where white            UK. There he married Bronwen Arthur          of how UCT shamefully failed so many
                                                                                             patients were treated.                       in 1950 and the couple had three sons.       of our students,” said vice-chancellor,
                                                                                                  On 13 May 1944, Lawrence was                 Lawrence served as the principal        Dr Max Price.
                                                                                             suspended from classes pending a             forensic physician to the Derbyshire              “But as South Africans, we can

T    here were a few new developments
     when alumni and others gathered
at the joint annual general meetings of
                                             advise,” observed chairperson Dr Stuart
                                             Saunders. In addition, alumni Christo-
                                             pher Campbell, Lionel Harper, Mandy
                                                                                             disciplinary hearing for being present
                                                                                             at clinics where white patients were
                                                                                             present, in violation of the conditions
                                                                                                                                          Constabulary from 1953 to 1998. As a
                                                                                                                                          member of the British Panel of Expert
                                                                                                                                          Witnesses he continued to conduct
                                                                                                                                                                                       take pride in the achievements of Pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                       fessor Lawrence and the many black
                                                                                                                                                                                       graduates who persevered and excelled
UCT Convocation and the UCT Alumni           Sauls, Prof Jennifer Thomson and Paki           of his registration. He was acquitted        forensic examinations well into his 80s,     under those uncharitable conditions.
Association, hosted at UCT during the        Zandile – plus existing members Sylvia          on a technicality, as he had not been        remaining intellectually active virtually    Their legacy is one of courage and
December 2009 graduation week. No-           Hammond and Mutle Mogase – were                 formally notified of the race-based           until his death. In addition, he served      determination in the face of adversity.”
tably, the Alumni Association approved       elected to the advisory board. In picture       conditions of his registration.              on the council of the British Medical             (This obituary is extracted from a
the renaming of its executive com-           are (from left) Dr Jim McNamara,                     In September 1944, Lawrence             Association for many years.                  version penned by UCT’s Associate
mittee, aka the Alumni Management            executive director of the Development           became the first black student to serve            Lawrence was a Foundation Fellow        Professor Gonda Perez and Professor
Committee, to the Alumni Advisory            and Alumni Department, with Sauls,              on UCT’s Students’ Representative            of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal           Leslie London, and Lawrence’s son
Board, a name more in keeping with its       Thomson, Zandile, Saunders, Harper              Council (SRC). Several attempts were         Medicine with the Royal College of           Hugh, and includes notes from other
role. “We don’t manage anything; we          and Campbell.                                   made to remove him from the SRC,             Physicians, president of the Associa-        sources.)
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& Head: Gastroenterology, Faculty                                             Clinical Psychologist: Close
                                       postrgraduate students. R7500
of Health Sciences; closing date:                                             to UCT (Main Rd entrance
                                       pm. Contact: Jan Glazewski
15 February 2010                                                              opposite Baxter Theatre).
                                       0216503075 or 0827746039.
                                                                              Adults, adolescents, children,
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer:
                                       Zandvlei: Quiet location near cul-     couples, families. Contact:
Sedimentology, Faculty of
                                       de-sac, vlei and Lakeside station,     Clint Steenveld 0833333327 or
Science; closing date: 15 March
                                       about 2km from Muizenberg              0216852612 or clintsteenveld@
                                       beach. Self-contained sep     or website:http//
Director: Legal Services &             entrance, furnished, secure            clintsteenveldpsychologist.yolasite.
Secretariat; closing date: 19          off-street parking. R3000pm            com/
February 2010                          incl water and elect. Will suit                                                 PROGRAMME FOR ENHANCEMENT OF RESEARCH CAPACITY (PERC)
                                                                              Accommodation: University
                                       postgraduate or staff . Contact:
RESEARCH, PROFESSIONAL,                                                       Professor seeks home to rent near
                                       0217887643 or larry@webafrica.                                                  Call for grant applications in the African Research Project on Knowledge
ADMINISTRATIVE AND                                                            UCT or in town for June and July
SUPPORT POSTS (PASS)                                                          2010. Possible swap for NYC
                                       Kalk Bay: Charming Cottage             apartment. Contact: jflavin@             In 2008 the University launched an innovative, university-wide programme to promote
Senior Secretary: Obstetrics &         in the heart of quaint fishing or jeanneflavin@uct.         research capacity, as part of a Carnegie-funded project to further institutional
Gynaecology, Faculty of Health         village on the southern outskirts                                    transformation. Under the banner Programme for Enhancement of Research Capacity
Sciences; closing date: 8 February     of Cape Town. Well-equiped                                                      (PERC), one of the aims is to stimulate research that will produce new knowledge that
2010                                                                          Tortoiseshell Cat: Four years
                                       open-plan living area, 1 bedrm,                                                 is pertinent to the university’s position in South Africa, the continent, and the world. Four
                                                                              old, looking for a new home. She
HR Administrative Assistant:           1 study, 2 patios. Secluded and                                                 donor-funded grants of R150 000 each will be made in 2010.
                                                                              is sterilised, has striking colouring
Faculty of Health Sciences;            secure, mountain view. Avail
                                                                              and is very affectionate. She was        All academic staff are eligible. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their research
closing date: 9 February 2010          6 to 9 months -1 April to Dec
                                                                              rescued as a kitten and has grown        contributes to this knowledge project (meta-project), within their fields, in terms of the
                                       2010. Suitable visiting academic
Writing Development                                                           up with us. Due to increasing            points outlined below:
                                       or postgraduate. Contact:
Co-ordinator: HR Development;                                                 allergy complications we are no
                                       0217884676 or 0724805857.                                                       How is knowledge produced within a broad African, Diasporic and local South
closing date: 9 February 2010                                                 longer able to keep her. Contact:
                                                                                                                       African context?
                                       Kalk Bay: Full equiped home            Melanie 0214066685 or Melanie.
Data Administrator: IIDMM,                                                                                                    •    The purpose of these grants is to stimulate the construction of new knowledge
                                       with garden and patio overlooking                                     paradigms, steeped in theory and practice.
SATVI, Faculty of Health Sciences;     harbour. Maximum 2 adults.
                                                                              The Lady Bus: Corporate and                     •    The grants will support research that contributes towards assisting in
closing date: 12 February 2010         Rental R4500pm. Avail from 24                                                                shifting the lenses from Eurocentric to African models of scholarship, while
                                                                              Leisure Transport. Contact:
Prospect Officer: Development          April - 9 October (or part thereof).                                                         recognising that both African and European experiences are multiple and
                                                                              Vanessa 0829255828 or
& Alumni; closing date: 12             Contact: 0217888165.                                                                         mixed.
                                                                              Felicity 0845115992 or email:                   •    Research into the nature of knowledge itself, therefore, will be supported and
February 2010                          Rondebosch: 2 Bedrms, 2                                          open to many fields within the university.
Project Manager: Maths &               bathrms, tastefully furnished                                                          •    Applicants need to demonstrate that their research contributes to this
                                                                              The Lady Bus provides a safe,
Science Education Project, Faculty     home of academics. Peaceful                                                                  epistemological project.
                                                                              reliable shuttle service in the
of Humanities; closing date: 12        garden, secure, no street frontage.                                                    •    Applicants should be engaging in collaborative, cross disciplinary research,
                                                                              Southern Suburbs. Connecting
February 2010                          Avail April to Dec. R7000pm or                                                               which takes advantage of our location in Africa
                                                                              the Business and Leisure World.                 •
                                       higher for shorter term. Contact:                                                           Successful applicants must produce two articles in accredited journals (or the
Quality Control Officer (2                                                    Contact: Vanessa 0829255828.
                                       0216856976 (evenings) or                                                                     equivalent).

posts): SATVI, Faculty of Health                                                            •    They should demonstrate the participation of postgraduate students/ post
                                                                              Accommodation: Urgently
                                                                                                                                    doctoral fellows in their research project.
Sciences; closing date: 15                                                    required to rent as from 01 March
                                       Rondebosch: Old Cape                                                                   •    They should run at least two workshops in the research office open to
February 2010                                                                 2010 - Observatory, Mowbray,
                                       Farmhouse wotj self-contained,                                                               participants across the campus.

Laboratory Assistant: Centre                                                  Rondebosch area. To apy                         •
                                       furnished apartments available.                                                             It is important that the composition of research teams reflects demographic

for Minerals Research, Chemical                                               R2500pm. Contact: Byron Mitchell                      diversity.
                                       DSTV & broadband, fireplace,
                                                                              0767223383.                                     •    As much supporting evidence as possible needs to be supplied.
Engineering; closing date: 27          beauty salon, UCT Shuttle on
February 2010                          doorstep. Weekly & short stay          Adoption Support Group:                  Prior to application, expressions of interest should be directed to Professor Robert
                                       rates.                                 The group is aimed at adoptive
POSTS FOR UCT STAFF ONLY:                                                                                              Morrell ( with a copy to
                                       Contact: 0216851747 www.               parents; those who are                   Final applications should reach Roshan Sonday ( electronically
All UCT vacancies can be viewed                  considering adoption or those            on or by15 March 2010.
  8      Monday Paper                                                                                                STUDENT LIFE                                                                        8 – 21 February 2010 Volume 29#01

Second-best of starts for UCT
S    tellenbosch University’s Maties
     may be setting the pace in the
FNB Varsity Cup following their 68-
                                                                                                                Tigers showed some fighting spirit
                                                                                                                to rally twice in the match, first after
                                                                                                                trailing 13-25, and then having to
20 thumping of the Nelson Mandela                                                                               make up a 20-30 deficit. Mallett was
Metropolitan University Madibas on                                                                              something of a UCT hero on the day,
match day one on 1 February, but                                                                                converting two tries and booting
UCT’s 30-all draw against Free State                                                                            over that match-saving penalty after
University’s Shimlas was the Ikey                                                                               coming on late in the second half as
Tigers’ best start yet in the tourna-                                                                           a replacement flyhalf for Matthew
ment.                                                                                                           Rosslee.
    Having lost their two previ-                                                                                     The Ikeys were said to be their
ous opening matches, the Ikey                                                                                   own worst enemies on the day, gift-
Tigers would have been keen to get                                                                              ing Shimlas a brace of penalties and
their 2010 campaign off to a better                                                                             heels against the head.
start. They almost didn’t, earning                                                                                   Marcel Brache, Sean van Tonder
a two-point draw only thanks to an                                                                              and Marcello Sampson touched down
injury-time penalty by Doug Mallett,                                                                            for UCT, while Rosslee contributed
son of former Springbok coach Nick               Tight spot: UCT flanker Yaya                                    one conversion and two penalties.
Mallett.                                         Hartzenberg finds himself surround-                             Shimlas also scored three tries.
    To their credit, however, the Ikey           ed by Shimlas players.                                              (

         Squash tournament honours
             young sports hero                                                                                                                                  RAG mag: Students Bibette Du Toit (left) and Faith Raubenheimer selling
                                                                                                                                                                SAX Appeal.

                                                                                                                                                                   Students blitz city with
                                                  U     CT will remember the late Keith
                                                        Grainger, an up-and-coming
                                                                                                                member of the UCT squash club
                                                                                                                between 1999 and 2001. He was di-
                                                  young squash player who succumbed
                                                  to cancer in 2001, when it hosts the
                                                                                                                agnosed with bone cancer in the knee
                                                                                                                during his matric year, and lost his
                                                                                                                                                                      pure SAX Appeal
                                                  Keith Grainger UCT Open from 26 to
                                                  28 February.
                                                      Grainger’s sister Natalie, current
                                                                                                                leg. Despite this, he became an active
                                                                                                                member of the UCT club, in more
                                                                                                                ways than one – he could often be
                                                                                                                                                                U      CT students beat the early bird
                                                                                                                                                                       and were out on the streets as
                                                                                                                                                                early as 05h00 on 4 February, dressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gagged student on the cover, the 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mag’s theme is The SAX Offender,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and students dressed appropriately
                                                  world number five and former world                             found hitting balls with beginners, he          as outrageously as possible to flog the              (or is that inappropriately?) for the
                                                  number one, has confirmed that she                             served as manager for the club’s tour           latest issue of SAX Appeal to amused                occasion.
                                                  will travel from the US, where she’s                          to the US in 2000, and he even played           motorists.                                               Benefactors came in many forms:
                                                  based, to take part in the competi-                           a couple of matches.                                 It was all to benefit RAG’s primary             as well as support from regular media
                                                  tion. Natalie, who is the president of                             He died in September 2001, and             beneficiary, SHAWCO, and their                       sponsor Good Hope FM, who helped
                                                  the Women’s International Squash                              was posthumously awarded the UCT                health and education support in many                create a buzz around the event, the
                                                  Players Association, will be joined                           Chairperson’s Award for sport a                 of the city’s marginalised communities.             long list of sponsors include compa-
                                                  in Cape Town by parents Jean and                              month later.                                         Remembering the controversy                    nies as diverse as Pick ‘n Pay and Elite
                                                  Chris, who still play competitive                                  Entries (which have been pouring           that dogged last year’s edition – it was            Taxis.
                                                  squash for the Gauteng master’s                               in) for the Keith Grainger UCT Open             pulled from Pick ‘n Pay shelves and                      “It feels good to be part of this
                                                  teams.                                                        close at 12h00 on Friday 19 Febru-              featured on M-Net’s Carte Banche                    project, the vibe is great,” said Mark
                                                      “We hope that Keith’s story of                            ary. It’s expected that some of the top         because of “ gratuitously offensive”                Jennings, a business science student
                                                  courage in adversity – especially                             players in Cape Town will enter, but            material directed at Christians – this              who enjoys selling the magazine
                                                  through squash – will be a legacy                             the event is open to all.                       year’s issue has been looked over by                enough to be doing it for the fourth
Hero: Keith Grainger will be hon-                 to help others, said mother Jean.                                  Entries may be emailed to kerr.            an editorial advisory committee, set up             consecutive year.
oured at the upcoming UCT open                        Keith Grainger, an under-13                                                    to review the publication.                               “But you have to be enthusiastic to
squash tournament.                                national school champion, was a                                    (Morgan                       Featuring a photograph of a                    get a good response.”

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