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VC’s installation a celebration, and a vehicle for
redress and reflection
On 19 August Dr Max Price will be installed as UCT’s ninth Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony in the Jameson Hall.
This is part of a week-long programme that includes a roadshow to meet staff and students on satellite campuses.
Significantly, the programme also honours the late Professor Archie Mafeje, an academic who became a pivotal
figure in the university’s history
T he installation of Dr Max Price on
19 August will be a celebration
with a difference.
Tuesday, 19 August
The official instal-
chairperson of Circle Capital Ventures;
and Jonathan Jansen, Honorary Profes-
sor of Education at the University of
When Chancellor Graça Machel lation ceremony is at Witwatersrand.
bestows the Vice-Chancellor’s mantle 18h00 in the Jame-
on him, UCT will move from one era son Hall, attended Thursday, 21 August
to another. by Chancellor Graça HIV/AIDS-related stigma will be
The ceremony is also part of a more Machel and the new challenged at the Stop Stigma Rally at
extensive programme of events. chair of Council Arch- 13h00 on the Jammie Plaza. This event
The occasion will afford the univer- bishop Njongonkulu is open to all and is being organised
sity a chance to recognise opportunities Ndungane. Here Dr by HIV/AIDS Co-ordination UCT
lost in the past and the painful memo- Price will have an (HAICU).
ries that have remained with many. opportunity to share “I am linking the event to the instal-
One such opportunity came about Installation of the main aspects of his lation programme because I believe
as a result of the relationship between vision for UCT. this is one of the most serious chal-
UCT and Professor Archie Mafeje, a DR MAX PRICE As seating in the lenges facing our society and it signals
significant African scholar who never hall is limited to invited my commitment to bringing UCT’s
“came home” to his alma mater.
as UCT ’s 9th Vice-Chancellor
guests and the format energies to bear upon this problem,” Dr
“He is an example of significant does not allow for Price said.
opportunities lost and I am pleased 19 A U G U S T 2 0 0 8 feedback and discus- In conclusion, he said: “The instal-
that the installation week will honour sion, Dr Price will visit lation is an opportunity to refresh our
Professor Mafeje as an individual of
JAMESON HALL various campuses on institutional goals, to rethink how we
significance, but also an example of the day after his instal- work, to reflect on the broader role and
those UCT has been less than fair to in lation (see Campus purpose of the university and our indi-
our past,” Dr Price said. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS Conversations below). vidual roles within it, and to generate
During August 1968 the UCT 18 AUGUST 2008 During the instal- renewed energy and hope.
Council approved the appointment of • Reunion of the 1968 sit-in students and the renaming of lation ceremony, UCT “I hope you will participate in the
Mafeje, a distinguished alumnus, to a the UCT Senate room in honour of Professor Archie Mafeje will award a posthu- programme.”
senior lectureship in the Department of • Academic Freedom Committee Symposium: mous honorary degree
Social Anthropology. to Mafeje, which will
“Lessons of the Mafeje Affair”
But Council rescinded the decision be accepted by a mem-
almost as soon as it was made. Though
19 AUGUST 2008
• Vice-Chancellor’s Installation, Jameson Hall ber of his family.
the apartheid government did not schedule for 20
prohibit blacks from teaching at white
20 AUGUST 2008
• Campus Conversations with the VC
Wednesday, 20 August
universities, the perceived threat from August
• Vice-Chancellor’s Symposium:
the regime was sufficient for Council “The Future Role of South African Universities” The Campus 09h00-09h50 – Commerce
to prevent Mafeje from taking up his Conversations will take Lecture Theatre, Hiddingh
position. place in various ven-
21 AUGUST 2008
Dismayed, a group of students ues. This will be an op-
• UCT Stop Stigma Rally
occupied the Bremner Building in a portunity for Dr Price
10h30-11h20 – Executive
nine-day sit-in, a protest linked to what to share the outline of
Room, Graduate School of
became known as the Mafeje Affair. his mission with those
Students at the Universities of the More information will be available around campus, in the Monday Paper and at www.uct.ac.za
who could not attend
Witwatersrand, Rhodes and Natal also the installation, and to
joined the protest. start a discussion about 13h00-13h50 - PASS and
It was the country’s first sit-in will unfold in the following order: on, at 17h30 for 18h00 in Kramer the university’s future. academic staff, Beattie Lecture
protest and challenged the “comfortable Lecture Theatre 1. The Vice-Chancellor’s Symposium Theatre 1, Upper Campus
rituals of formalised protest”. Sunday, 17 August AFC speakers include Fred Hen- will take place at 17h15 for 17h45
“The sit-in challenged participants A group of alumini who partici- dricks, Dean of Humanities at Rhodes in the Zoology Lecture Theatre on 15h00-15h50 - Health
and the institution to confront apart- pated in the August 1968 Bremner sit-in University; Professor Ken Hughes of Upper Campus. All are welcome and Sciences staff and students,
heid, and to face what it meant to be a will have a symposium reflecting on UCT’s Department of Mathematics and the theme is: The Future Role of South Lecture Theatre 1, Groote
university in apartheid South Africa. and assessing the impact of the Mafeje Applied Mathematics; Professor Lungi- African Universities: Campus… city… Schuur Hospital
For the participants, it was an intense sit-in held in the Senate Room 40 years sile Ntsebeza of UCT’s Department of country…continents.
learning experience about apartheid and ago. Attendance is by invitation only. Sociology; and Emeritus Professor of The speakers are: Akilagpa Sawyer, 16h30-17h20 -
resistance. It literally changed people’s Economics, Francis Wilson. This event former Vice-Chancellor and Profes- Representatives from student
lives. And after the Mafeje Affair, the Monday, 18 August is open to all and will conclude with the sor of Law, University of Ghana, organisations, New Science
university itself would never again be The Academic Freedom Committee official renaming of the Senate Room and former secretary-general of the Lecture Theatre, Upper
quite the same place,” former chair of (AFC) and the sit-in reunion partici- to the Archie Mafeje Room and the Association of African Universities;
Council Geoff Budlender recalled. pants will host the Mafeje Symposium, unveiling of the plaque that will later Dr Mamphela Ramphele, former
The events of the installation week Lessons of the Mafeje Affair – 40 years find a permanent place in the room. Vice-Chancellor of UCT and executive
2 Monday Paper NEWS 18 – 31 August 2008 Volume 27#13
off from the economic, social and prize for designing the fastest soap students to feed the hungry, has borne
political advantages of urbanisa- box in a derby race, and for the most new fruit. Recently UCT, residence
tion. “We sit with the irony that the economical (and effective) design in food contractors RoyalSechaba and
concentration of the world’s urban the egg-drop contest, where they had Feedback Food Redistribution signed
challenges is prevalent in the global to build some form of protection for an agreement that will see surplus
South, but probably 95% of the a raw egg dropped from a height of unplated food from residence kitchens
research and knowledge on the issues three storeys. donated to the needy. For some time
is generated in the North,” Pieterse now Operation RES students have
said at the launch. “I’m hoping the
book will demonstrate that we tell this
story in more compelling ways. In the
W ork to identify a glycoprotein
fragment found in the crude
mucus secretions of gastric cancer
been taking surplus residence food
to various shelters. However, this
created certain risk factors for Roy-
practice of living with these challen patients has won PhD student Nthato alSechaba, including possible food
ges, we probably have more innova- Chirwa the Roc Kaschula Award. The contamination. “This is a landmark
tive ideas about what needs to be award honours the best presentation partnership because the UCT contract
done and how to go about it.” by a young researcher, and was made is one of the larger institutional con-
at the recent 48th Annual Congress tracts in the city, feeding about
T he Department of Accounting
made a clean sweep of prizes
at the inaugural 2008 Deneys Reitz
of the South African Societies of
Pathology. Chirwa’s supervisor,
Professor Anwar Mall (Division of
4 000 students daily during term time
and also servicing a limited number
of vacation guests,” said Residence
U CT’s Professional Communica-
tion Unit (PCU) is toasting the
National Tax Thesis Competition,
scooping R20 000 in prize money,
General Surgery Research Labora-
tory), started this study in the 1990s
Life manager Charmaine January. The
partnership would afford the univer-
release of the second edition of Com-
municating @ Work: Boosting your
spoken, written and visual messages.
it was announced at a gala dinner
in Johannesburg. The winner in the
doctoral category was Dr Matthew
with Emeritus Professor David Dent.
Using mucus samples provided by
Associate Professor Eugenio Panieri
T he Transformation and Eq-
uity Portfolio of the Faculty of
Health Sciences ensured that the
sity and the students in residence an
opportunity to realise one of UCT’s
main social responsibility goals,
Author Terri Grant, head of the PCU Marcus, whose thesis was super- at Groote Schuur Hospital, Chirwa faculty’s women were recognised added January. (To find out more
in the School of Management Studies, vised jointly by Associate Professor purified and isolated the glycoprotein during Women’s Month, arranging an about Operation RES, contact Shivani
and co-author Rea Borcherds, ex- Jennifer Roeleveld. Marcus won the in the laboratory. He successfully early Women’s Day celebration on 7 Pillay at shivani.pillay86@gmail.
PCU director and corporate coach, award for his thesis, A Quantitative raised a polyclonal antibody to it August. The programme included a com, or Anja Reuter at operationres@
have used the additional 32 pages and Qualitative Analysis of the South with Professor Dirk Bellstedt of the performance by the UCT School of gmail.com).
to update existing data and add new African Tax System 1995-2005. Ilse University of Stellenbosch, and then Dance and an inspirational presenta-
ideas – essential in this ever-changing Gaum won the honours award for her located its pattern of expression in tion by a visiting professor from the
field. Communicating @ Work deals research report, Withholding Tax on normal and diseased gastric cancer University of Ottawa in Canada,
with the complexity of communica- Immovable Property Disposals by tissue with UCT’s Professor Dhiren guest speaker Dr Rachel Thibeault.
tion in today’s multicultural and tech- Non-Residents. Marcus and Gaum Govender. Chirwa identified the frag- Thibeault’s presentation, on commu-
nological environment, where job- each pocketed R10 000. ment as orosomucoid, an acute-phase nity-based approaches to promote
seekers need to be communicatively protein, with Dr Bongani Dimba of the rights of women and children
competent, mobile, entrepreneurial, the University of the Western Cape. in Africa, provided a sometimes-
innovative and well connected, says Mall hopes a grant will support harrowing insight into the lives of
Grant. The book not only covers further work to investigate the role of women and children in countries such
formats for letters, emails, reports and orosomucoid in the pathogenesis of as Sierra Leone and Nicaragua. Dean
proposals, but uses a holistic, skills- gastric cancer, a disease prevalent in of the Faculty of Health Sciences,
based approach to explain how to the Western Cape. Professor Marian Jacobs, challenged
handle unique and often unpredictable the audience to find their own place in
situations in the workplace success-
fully. It also includes international and
local examples, and a new chapter on
Taxing work: Dr Matthew Marcus
and Ilse Gaum, winners at the
T he South African Women in
Science and Engineering (SA-
WISE) organisation hosted a women’s
the UCT and faculty community, and
to play a part in finding solutions both
within the faculty and in the wider Shake on it: (Left) Feedback’s
writing know-how, a full-length busi- inaugural Deneys Reitz National Tax day function, targeting a predomi- community. Freddy Janeke (distribution co-
ness proposal and an ‘e-chat’ discus- nantly female audience of high school ordinator) and RoyaSechaba’s Mark
Thesis Competition, with UCT’s Prof
Taylor (national head of operations),
sion forum to encourage networking Peter Surtees and Assoc Prof Jen- students, at the MTN ScienCentre at he records of the Black Sash are
at the signing of an agreement with
and debate. See the PCU website for nifer Roeleveld. Canal Walk on 8 August. Speakers now more easily accessible to
UCT to distribute surplus, unplated
details: www.commerce.uct.ac.za/ at the SciCafé included GIS (Geo- researchers, thanks to a web-based
food from residence kitchens to the
Managementstudies/PCU/textbook. graphic Information Systems) mapper guide to the Black Sash Archival
asp. he Western Cape Minquiz Team Takadzani Rambuda, conservation- Collections in South Africa. The fully
D irector of the African Centre for
Cities Professor Edgar Pieterse’s
– supported by UCT’s Paul
Bepswa – swept all before them at the
National Minquiz Finals, regarded
ist Katy Lannas, chemical engineer
Melinda Griffiths, immunologist
Boipelo Sebesho, bat researcher
searchable and comprehensive cata-
logue, a joint project of UCT Librar-
ies and the Black Sash, and funded by
U CT’s Department of Computer
Science, the European Organisa-
tion for Nuclear Research (CERN),
new book, City Futures: Confront- as South Africa’s premier annual Lizelle Odendaal – all from the the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, and the Africa@Home project have
ing the crisis of urban development, national science competition for University of Cape Town – and was launched at UCT on 7 August. started a volunteer computing service
coincides with an important global grade 12 learners, in Gauteng on 25 systems biologist Jennifer de Beyer Lesley Hart, manager of Special that will enable “ordinary people”
marker. This year more than 50% of July. The team trumped Free State, of the University of Stellenbosch. Collections Information Services at around the world to run large – and
the world’s 6.68 billion people will Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and The event was put together by UCT UCT, said the project was born out potentially ground-breaking – com-
be living in cities and towns. While KwaZulu-Natal for honours. For their and SA-WISE’s Professor Anusuya of a suggestion for a catalogue when putational experiments. The project
the Southern Hemisphere accounts efforts, the winning contestants each Chinsamy-Turan, author of the recent the Black Sash celebrated its 50th An- harnesses spare, donated computer
for most of this urban growth – with pocketed a hefty half-Kruger Rand, Famous Dinosaurs of Africa. niversary in 2005. As well as its role cycles, putting them to good use by
its attendant problems such as slums, courtesy of Rand Refineries, in ad- in opposing apartheid legislation, the downloading a small application from
poverty, unemployment and lack of
governance – its citizens remain cut
dition to the usual trophies and cash
prizes. The team also picked up the W estern Cape electoral officer,
Reverend Courtney Simpson,
has urged Student Representative
Black Sash monitored areas in which
there was unrest, and as it was one of
the few organisations trusted by the
a desktop computer and connecting
it to a volunteer computing project of
the volunteer’s choice. “They are then
Council candidates to manage percep- communities to do this, its archives assigned a work unit and a small part
tions and work towards transparency are an important record of this part of the larger computations, part of a
if elected. Speaking at UCT’s 2008 of our history. The database, with much larger experiment or research
SRC elections launch, with the theme more records to come, can be found at project,” computer sciences’ Christo-
“Building Democracy”, on 11 August, www.lib.uct.ac.za/blacksash. pher Parker said. The project has seen
Simpson said perceptions and trans- the installation of what is reportedly
parency are crucial in democracy. “In the first publicly accessible volunteer
democracy, people need to participate computing server in Africa. This test
to express their wills,” he explained. project is doing malaria simulations in
“Their perceptions can either hamper collaboration with the Swiss Tropical
or encourage them to participate”. At Institute. With over 600 national and
the launch, which was also attended international volunteers, about 680
by outgoing SRC president Thulani connected computers and over
Madinginye and executive director 3 500 workunits being processed, it is
of Student Affairs Moonira Khan, all New guide: Mary Burton, former a noteworthy milestone. “We’re hop-
but one of the 28 candidates intro- Black Sash President, researcher ing to get more people interested in
duced themselves to the cheering, Helen Joannides, Lesley Hart and volunteer computing by bringing such
whistling and ululating crowd. The Dr. Stuart Saunders, representing technologies to light since the aim of
launch was followed by the first of Andrew W Mellon Foundation at the the Africa@Home project is to make
the five question-and-answer sessions launch of the Black Sash Archival these technologies accessible to Afri-
at Liesbeek Residence. The sessions Collections. can people, particularly to researchers
continued at Tugwell Hall, Clarinus, and students.” (For more information
Rochester House and Forest Hill over on Africa@Home, go to
the rest of the week.
Voting is from 18 to 22 August. O peration Reach Every Street, a
project initiated by UCT medical
18 – 31 August 2008 Volume 27#13 NEWS Monday Paper 3
UCT researchers celebrated at women’s science awards
ChriS MCEVoy showed for the first time that MSV re-
sistance was possible through genetic
T hree UCT researchers scooped
awards at the Department of
Science and Technology’s Women in
engineering, and developed a model
system to test potential resistance.
Mugumbate’s research into the
Science Awards, held in Johannesburg hormone receptors that initiate produc-
on 8 August. tion of energy in mosquitoes during
Dr Dionne Shepherd of the flight is a step in the development of
Department of Molecular and Cell an insecticide that targets malaria-
Biology netted the Best Emerging carrying mosquitoes, but is safe to
Young Scientist Award, and doctoral humans and the environment.
researchers Grace Mugumbate of Matsiliza, in turn, is studying
the Department of Chemistry and Dr the signalling pathways involved
Nosisa Matsiliza of the MRC/UCT in growth inhibition induced by the
Receptor Biology Research Group gonadotropin-releasing hormone
won two of the three Women Scientist receptor.
Fellowship awards. The awards were created by the
Shepherd, 34, was recognised for Department of Science and Technolo-
her work on strategies for the develop- gy, in association with L’Oreal and the
ment of genetically-engineered maize National Commission for UNESCO,
resistant to the maize streak virus to profile the achievements of leading Top Spot: UCT scientists Dr Dionne Shepherd, Grace Mugumbate and Dr Nosisa Matsiliza were honoured by the
(MSV). In her PhD research, Shepherd women scientists in South Africa. Department of Science and Technology at the 2008 Women in Science Awards.
EBE leaders Health minister inspects mobile heart clinic
set the tone
s part of national Rheumatic contains two fully-equipped examin- many people don’t realise they have
Fever Week, national minister of ing rooms, and can screen as many a heart condition. She urged her
health Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang as 30 children a day. The mobile audience to avoid cigarettes, drugs
delivered the keynote address to unit is part of the UCT Department and alcohol.
scholars and parents at the Isilimela of Medicine’s Awareness, Surveil- “This is a long-term project,”
Comprehensive High School in Lan- lance, Advocacy, Prevention (ASAP) says Professor Bongani Mayosi,
ga, one of the twenty-four schools programme, which aims to combat head of the Department of Medicine
that constitute the demonstration site rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart and of the Cardiac Clinic at Groote
of UCT’s mobile heart clinic. disease in Africa. Schuur Hospital. “Our plan is to
The Rheumatic Heart Disease In her speech, Tshabalala- screen as many as 4 000 children for
Echo Surveillance Mobile Unit, Msimang stressed the importance of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart
which was inspected by the minister, heart disease awareness, noting that disease in the next three years.”
Speaking the truth
SiVuyilE MANGxAMbA was also attended by leading human be done to preserve our democracy.
rights activists from Kenya, the It shows that our democracy depends
N obel Peace Prize laureate
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond
Tutu urged UCT students to be the
Democratic Republic of Congo, and
The Speak Truth to Power forum,
Kenyan activist Koigi wa
Wamwere warned that there is no
watchdogs of the country’s young which is a division of the Robert F country in Africa safe from negative
Leading the way: The dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Envi- democracy. Kennedy Memorial, seeks to promote ethnicity.
ronment, Prof Francis Petersen, has his blood sampled by Sister Cheryl “I say to you we have something a human-rights culture across the In turn, Rivonia trialist Denis
Groustra during the faculty’s HIV campaign. that is fragile, special. It could disin- globe. The occasion also saw Kerry Goldberg, a UCT graduate who was
tegrate, and we have no-one but your- Kennedy, a leading international hu- sentenced to life imprisonment along
MyoliSi GophE ness to building a component of selves,” said Tutu of South Africa’s man rights activist, sign copies of her with former President Nelson Man-
sustainability by incorporating HIV democracy at a human rights forum, new book, Speak Truth to Power. dela, said he was pleased that UCT
T he dean of the Faculty of En-
gineering & the Built Envi-
ronment (EBE), Professor Francis
within our curriculum,” revealed
The EBE campaign began early
Speak Truth to Power, held at UCT
on 11 August. Tutu also pleaded with
the students to value the country’s
UCT vice-chancellor Dr Max
Price described the event as uplifting.
“It’s an inspiring occasion,” said
is transforming. Goldberg urged the
students to stop blaming other people
and be the ones who “speak truth to
Petersen, and his executive team in August with communication with democratic transition. Price. “If any student felt that there power”.
led by example when they took staff and students, and culminated The event, which attracted a full are no causes, the speeches today “I hope you will be the glory of
public HIV tests on 12 August at the with the testing of the faculty’s house at the Kramer Law Building, should indicate that there is much to South Africa,” he said.
three-day voluntary counselling and leadership. The faculty will also host
Erratum Youth challenge
testing (VCT) drive by the Student a series of seminars on HIV practices
Wellness Service, held at Jameson over the next few weeks.
Hall last week. The EBE initiative, Petersen
Wearing green EBE T-Shirts with says, is an integrated approach to
an HIV/AIDS-awareness slogan, the
group was accompanied by the mem-
bers of the faculty’s postgraduate
the wellness programme of UCT,
leading to World AIDS Day on 1
I n Monday Paper vol 27 no 12,
we mistakenly omitted the title
of Dr Sabie Surtee, one of the leaders
and undergraduate councils, some- The HIV/AIDS issue is a key members of the selection commit-
thing that gives Petersen hope that component of health, said Petersen. tee for the appointment of the new ChriS MCEVoy bal challenge which was not unique
their own AIDS awareness initiative “It is about how you change your deputy vice-chancellor. We regret to South Africa. “We can’t just label
will be sustainable.
“We go beyond raising aware-
behaviour to ensure your safety, and
that of students and colleagues.”
R acism, apathy and BEE policies
were some of the hot topics at a
lively panel discussion, held at UCT
ourselves a rainbow nation and think
all our problems will just go away,”
Smuts Hall celebrates 80th anniversary on 12 August, about the challenges
facing South African youth in the
Boraine thanked host Associate
Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
MyoliSi GophE colour is irrelevant. Bad, because it Warden of Smuts Hall, Profes- new democracy. of UCT’s Department of Psychology
could also cause us to neglect the sor Danie Visser, said the best way The discussion, titled Visions for the opportunity to hear and re-
A rchbishop Emeritus Desmond
Tutu said it is easy for students
to forget how brutally the apartheid
plight of so many that are still suf-
fering the after-effects of apartheid,
Tutu explained to the Smutsmen.
for students to honour the work and
sacrifice of Tutu and other freedom
activists is for not them to fall victim
Voices and Hopes of our Youth –
What’s missing in our new democ-
racy, was attended by Minister of
spond to the issues raised. “The youth
are not our future, but our present,”
he said. “They must speak out now, or
system divided South Africans. He said it was wonderful that the to a culture of acquisition, but to Finance Trevor Manuel, Dr Alex Bo- we will never hear their voices.”
Speaking at the lunch to celebrate composition of students at the Hall in continue striving for justice in their raine and Dr Mamphela Ramphele, “The emergence of new challen-
Smuts Hall’s 80th birthday on 10 Au- its 80th year reflected the diversity of daily lives. who responded to points raised by ges and threats to our democracy
gust, Tutu said this could be both a South Africa. While a number of former youth representatives from Kayelit- has made the need for dialogue in
good and a bad thing. Good, because Tutu called on the Smutsmen to Smutsmen attended the lunch on sha, Athlone and Rondebosch. our society more important than
not dwelling on the past helps us to work for the fulfilment of a dream: to Sunday, a formal reunion for Smuts Tackling the issue of racism, ever,” said Gobodo-Madikizela of
become a normal society where skin give all people dignity. alumni will be held later in the year. Ramphele noted that this was a glo- the event.
4 Monday Paper GoVErNANCE 18 – 31 August 2008 Volume 27#13
New season for Martin Hall
At the end of August, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall will step down to take up a post at the Gradu-
ate School of Business. He reflects on his season in senior leadership
I ’ve been in senior leadership
positions at UCT for nine years,
first as the founding Dean of Higher
Social Responsiveness Reports that
show how we contribute to major
imperatives as a public higher educa-
Education Development, and then as tion institution.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The third area of focus has been
I see this as single set of chal- physical planning and infrastruc-
lenges, centred around improving ture development. We now have a
access, success and the quality of comprehensive physical plan for the
teaching and learning through my Rondebosch campus, and a re-brand-
work with colleagues in CHED, ed Jammie Shuttle that has over
and expanding into further areas 40 000 rides each day in term time.
of transformation as a DVC, with One of my last tasks in office has
responsibility over the past few years been to coordinate the writing and
for pushing for transformation in our approval of our Green Campus policy
staff profile, widening opportunities framework, which focuses on waste
for staff, and tackling the challenges recycling, water conservation and
of transforming institutional culture. reduction of carbon emissions.
I’ve benefited from the oppor- I think we will see this emerg-
tunity of working in a team with ing as a major focus at UCT over the
extraordinary and talented people: coming years, and the Jammie Shuttle
administrative and professional staff, provides the basis for a comprehen-
teachers and researchers. sive and appropriate staff and student
Through working closely with transport system that, in a few years’
foundations and donors in the US time, will be an indispensable alterna-
and the UK, I’ve been able to bring tive to private car use.
in significant funding for a range of I’ve always believed that it’s
projects in this area. important to keep connected with the
I led the process leading to our core intellectual life of the university,
first institutional audit by the HEQC and I’ve taught throughout my terms
and to the subsequent University as a Dean and a DVC.
Quality Improvement Plan, which is My PhD students are a source of
UCT’s ongoing set of benchmarks inspiration and intellectual renewal.
for tracking our improvement as a For the past three years I’ve taught an
transforming institution. MBA elective, and supervised MBA
A special interest has been HIV/ dissertations, in the area of emerging
AIDS as an aspect of transformation, enterprises and innovation.
tackling the stigma which still mar- Moving full time to the GSB will
ginalises those in the UCT commu- allow me to develop this focus fur-
nity living with HIV and AIDS. ther, and as part of work I’ve begun
A second major strand over the doing with colleagues in Canada and
past years has been the leadership of at the United Nations Development
the planning and budgeting process, Programme on inclusive market
where I’ve worked closely with the stabilised the university’s finances, which has invested R78m into re- financial foundation from which to development.
Institutional Planning Department resulting in annual breakeven or newed IT infrastructure. tackle these challenges. This work I will also be working with the
and the Finance Department. Profes- small operating surpluses. As with transformation, these has been linked to the university’s GSB’s Centre for Leadership and
sor Enrico Uliana and I inherited a We have been able to put money challenges will continue, particularly major objectives through the work Public Values in the area of trans-
spiralling deficit which was a major back into key capital and infrastruc- in balancing the consequences of of the Institutional Planning Depart- formative leadership, looking at what
threat to the university. ture projects that will see, over the escalating inflation against the need ment. we have learned from the Khuluma
We have succeeded in putting coming months, major building on to keep student fee increases low so Particularly important has been programme and how these sorts of
in place robust and sound planning our campuses for the first time in 20 as not to limit access. the emerging focus on social respon- interventions can be connected with
and budgeting processes which have years. I also led the supaTsela project, But the university has a firm siveness, and the successive annual institution-level strategies for change.
Prof Cheryl de la Rey, former DVC and Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz, taking on the HIV/AIDS portfolio, it was
Chair of the Council for Higher Education: Director, Centre for Educational Technol- clear to me he understood that HIV and
“When I think of Martin Hall as a colleague, ogy (CET): “Together with Stuart Saunders AIDS represented one of the most critical
two features stand out: his sharp intellect and Nan Yeld, Martin Hall was one of the challenges for humanity, South Africa and
and exceptional capacity for work. Mar- very first people at UCT to recognise the UCT.”
Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price: “Martin tin’s understanding of higher education is opportunities afforded by emergent tech-
Hall leaves a formidable legacy. Although remarkable.” nologies to the higher education mission.” Anne Short, director, Career Develop-
my term of office began almost as Martin’s ment Programme: “From the inception
was being completed, I’m aware of the very Prof Ian Scott, Academic Development Gary Gabriels, principal technical officer, of CHED, Martin had grasped the then
strong base he’s created for the university’s Programme: “Martin Hall was appointed the clinical pharmacology: “Martin Hall often, unfashionable view that careers education
development in key areas. Martin juggled first Dean of Higher Education Development in my observation, reflected a commitment had to embrace a developmental mission
several taxing portfolios very adeptly.” (as the head of CHED is properly titled) in as a disciplined team player in execution that was about far more than graduate
1999, and played the central role in forming of function, with the requisite responsibility destinations.”
Former Vice-Chancellor Professor Njabulo a united CHED out of a rather disparate and accountability. He showed impec-
S Ndebele: “My abiding memory of Profes- grouping of units, establishing it organisa- cable leadership qualities, and sometimes Professor Nan Yeld, dean of the Centre
sor Hall was cast in firm stone not long tionally and geographically and putting it on bravery, with decisive actions, even if this for Higher Education Development: “Sev-
after I assumed office as Vice-Chancellor in a developmental path that has served us may not have been popular with everyone eral attributes spring to mind when think-
2000. He was working on the governance well ever since.” sometimes.” ing of Martin Hall: for me, speed, memory,
aspects of the AIMS review and came to lateral thinking and humour would top
my office to interview me. A day or so later I Judy Favish, director, Institutional Plan- Cal Volks, director, HIV/AIDS Co-ordi- the list. Some of my best recollections of
received the full text of a revised document ning Department: “Martin’s capacity for nation – UCT: “Staff who have reported working with Martin involve him thinking
with my comments faithfully reflected. It work is extraordinary. He has been able to to Professor Martin Hall have appreciated through and developing novel approaches
reflected the kind of efficiency and integrity get on top of extremely varied and com- working with him, not only because he to addressing seemingly intractable prob-
in putting together a public document I was plex portfolios. We were often struck by his is an inspiring and effective leader, role lems. Some of my worst recollections are
to see in him countless times in the coming extraordinary ability to think on his feet and model and mentor, but also because his of receiving emails (sent by Martin in the
years.” provide solutions to complex challenges practice of collective leadership is inclu- small hours) enquiring about the progress
facing the university.” sive and respectful. From the outset of of some truly daunting task.”
18 – 31 August 2008 Volume 27#13 NEWS Monday Paper 5
Top-class graduates needed to uplift the nation
– new chair of Council
hElEN ThéroN fighting apartheid) into “sustainable,
aspirational” African institutions of
A s a centre of excellence, UCT
should produce top-class graduates
who will uplift the nation, said Arch-
educational and cultural excellence.
A graduate of Brown Univer-
sity and with a JD and an MBA from
bishop Njongonkulu Ndungane after Columbia University, deputy chair Mh-
his appointment as chair of the new 30- lambiso is a founding partner of Kagiso
member UCT Council on 6 August. Ventures Private Equity Fund and of
The new deputy chair is Thando Genesis Capital Partners.
Mhlambiso, managing partner of Seav- The Council governs the univer-
iew Partners. sity and is constituted according to the
Archbishop Ndungane is a past provisions of the Higher Education Act,
student of UCT, and was awarded an 1997, and the University of Cape Town
honorary doctorate (PhD) by UCT, in Statute.
2003. Its responsibilities include deter-
“In the 1960s I was a student here, mining the mission, objectives, goals,
but instead of graduating at UCT, I strategies and policies for the progress
graduated at Robben Island,” he said. of the institution. It must also ensure
“I am greatly humbled and an environment conducive to efficient,
honoured by the confidence that the effective, economical and ethical attain-
Council has placed in me to elect me ment of these goals.
as chair. The challenge is to make sure In addition, the Council has a
that the policies of the university are responsibility to maintain and ensure a
implemented in a way that will assist financially secure, healthy and viable
(Left) Dr Max Price and Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane.
the institution to achieve academic environment, and to account for all
excellence for the various students as bishop Ndungane back to our campus in aligns squarely with the university’s and this [appointment] aligns with our decisions taken at UCT, including the
well as the staff. this new role. In him we have a formi- principal notions. development work. The whole question submission of the required reports and
“It is also to maintain the high dable ally; a proven leader whose values “These are to change the world for of investment in human capital fits documents to the Minister of Educa-
standards that the university has set and vision mirror the university’s so the better through developing people. snugly with development ideals.” tion.
for itself, and also to improve where closely, and one who understands what The university strives to build a future Ndungane is founder and president The Council consists of the execu-
necessary.” needs to be accomplished and where by shaping future leadership, which has of African Monitor. He also heads the tive officers, other employees of the
Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price our energies should be concentrated.” been one of my primary objectives. Historic Schools Restoration Project institution, students and people who are
welcomed Archbishop Ndungane’s Known for ploughing his energies “My big vision has always been (HSRP), which works to recapture not members of staff or students of the
election. into development and poverty allevia- to give back time and energy towards the heritage of and transform historic institution (who must make up at least
“We’re delighted to welcome Arch- tion, Ndungane said his appointment nation-building and producing leaders, schools (those that played a key role 60% of the total membership).
Martin Hall on UCT’s transformation work
T he committee set up by the
Minister of Education to report
on progress in transformation visited
circumstances and with the re-
sources available to us, our current
admissions policy is both morally
portunity for the advancement of
As with race, UCT seeks to achieve
informal “climate” of the university
– the ways in which people relate to
one another on a day-by-day basis.
individual dignity, concern for oth-
ers and appreciation of diversity.
Khuluma is a series of work-
UCT in July, and met with three and legally defensible and the best gender equity through its student For many students, UCT’s “in- shops, each for about 20 partici-
broad groups: the senior leadership, way of meeting our legal and consti- admission and employment equity stitutional climate” is defined by pants, that focuses on racial stere-
students and staff involved in trans- tutional obligations. policies. In broad terms, gender par- residence life. UCT has gone to otypes. Participants explore their
formation work. But we also recognise that there ity has been achieved in undergradu- considerable efforts to promote own assumptions and experiences in
The Minister set up the com- is a risk of unfair discrimination and ate admissions, student retention integration in the residences and to an environment that confronts that
mittee in response to the widely- that our current admissions policy and graduation rates, and progress is enhance the quality of student life. which is usually left unsaid, encour-
publicised video shot by students at is unlikely to be sustainable. We being made in specific programmes This focus is steered by the ad- aging and promoting a recognition
the University of the Free State. The urgently need to move to an admis- where women have been underrep- missions policy for student housing of the significance of arbitrary and
following paragraphs summarise the sions system that uses a measure of resented. and by the work of the wardens and unfair stereotypes, and seeking to
UCT Executive’s submission to the socio-economic status – ideally a re- However, we have been less suc- student leadership. Less attention link personal awareness with organi-
committee. liable measure of overall household cessful in moving towards gender has been given to the needs of “day sational behaviour.
All universities discriminate in income – to meet the requirements equity in staffing, where women are students” who live off campus. An The programme has been of-
their admissions and employment for a differentiated admissions sys- over-represented in junior staff posi- important student-led initiative has fered in partnership with ProCorp,
practices on measures of students’ tem in a highly unequal society. tions and severely underrepresented been the opening of UCT’s first “day and more than 700 UCT staff have
aptitude for success and job ap- Our Employment Equity Policy in senior staff positions. The chal- house”. participated over the past two years.
plicants’ qualifications, experience places an emphasis on diversity lenge is particularly acute when race Events focusing on key issues While the workshops are often
and potential. The more selective the as an educational value, and that and gender are combined: UCT has of transformation and institutional traumatic, responses have been
university is, the more the discrimi- UCT’s mission of being a university very few black woman professors or culture are initiated by student overwhelmingly positive.
nation, and the more the basis of within Africa makes it appropriate senior managers. leadership in the faculties and by the The outcomes of the 2007 Insti-
discrimination to be challenged. and desirable to employ staff of In addition to our continuing focus SRC. For example, in 2007 student tutional Climate Survey, as well as
The combination of the Bill of other nationalities. on unfair discrimination on the basis societies organised “The Wall”, an that which has been learned from the
Rights and the Higher Education Act Have these policies and proce- of race and gender, we are giving installation that focused attention on Khuluma and Respect programmes,
requires us to discriminate fairly in dures succeeded in accelerating the active attention to unfair discrimi- Palestine and resulted in vigorous is summarised in the latest Transfor-
admissions and to take account of transformation of the demographic nation against staff and students exchanges of views between Jewish mation Report to the UCT Council,
past inequalities, in the context of profile of staff at UCT, and in at UCT on grounds of disability, and Muslim students. UCT seeks and has been focused on as an
considerable competition for places. removing unfair discrimination in religious belief, sexual preference, to establish the main parameters of Action Plan, following an open col-
This has resulted in extensive and employment practices? xenophobia, language, and HIV staff “institutional climate” through loquium led by the Vice-Chancellor
continuing debate over appropriate While UCT is, generally, manag- status. periodic institutional climate in February 2008.
admissions policies for UCT. ing to meet the modest targets set We have achieved varying surveys. The overall impression This action plan has been direct-
In the absence of reliable socio- in terms of the Employment Equity degrees of success with these of these surveys is of a divided ed to the Transformation Commit-
economic data for all South African Act, about 40% of those employed programmes, all of which can be community. There is evidence of tees in each PASS department and
applicants, or a reasonable proxy are white, which is approximately considered works in progress. intersecting fault lines: by race and faculty. Transformation Committees
for disadvantage (such as the still- four times the representation of Dealing with forms of discrimi- gender, by academic rank and pay have been asked to identify three top
incomplete classification of high whites in the South African popula- nation that are unfair is a necessary class, and between academic staff on priorities for positive change, and
schools by the Department of Edu- tion as a whole. While there are part of transformation, but is not the one hand, and support and pro- three most important negative find-
cation), UCT uses self-declaration PASS departments and faculties that sufficient in itself to achieve the fessional staff on the other. UCT’s ings to address, and to take these to
of race as the proxy for the continu- are exemplars of good practice, it objectives of transformation. primary responses to the outcomes faculty boards or full staff meetings
ing effects of past inequality, and is a reasonable conclusion that, as “Institutional culture” is the of the Institutional Climate Surveys for discussion and ratification.
requires differing high school results a whole, UCT has not yet moved combination of formal processes have been the Respect and Khuluma
for admissions and for the award of away from seeing employment (such as student and staff support, programmes. The Respect Pro- Martin Hall
entrance scholarships. equity primarily as a compliance the curriculum, teaching and learn- gramme has been a university-wide Deputy Vice-Chancellor with
We believe that, under present requirement, rather than as an op- ing, and research work), and the focus on the values of the right to responsibility for transformation
6 Monday Paper NEWS 18 – 31 August 2008 Volume 27#13
Green Week a success - but surprising
R eading the Monday Paper main
article (Vol 27 no 12, 4-17 August)
this morning I felt that we were doing
full copies of all documents were dis-
tributed. Most people around the table
only need a specific page to contribute
something good. to the meeting.
This great feeling was short-lived • Having better paper towel dispensers
though. Walking out onto the street at in toilets. Ours just fall straight on the
lunchtime, I was horrified! ground and nobody will or should use
There were pieces of paper stuck to that. Brand new, straight to the bin.
the sidewalk with sticky-tape!! Yes, we • The majority of offices have an air
need to get the message across, but that flow problem resulting in the use of
doesn’t justify the means. The tape will electrical fans. Surely a louvre in a
take years to decompose, and the carbon door would be greener! Security and
footprint of the paper and ink makes it the effort to arrange these is a clear
even worse. deterrent.
The “fines” stuck to the car windows • Fuel used to find parking due to over-
were another horror! I walked to my car subscribed parking bays, or because
and tried to remove the “fine”, and just some building contractor’s equipment
as I suspected, the glue stayed behind. is occupying parking bays without
I will now need to use a blade and glue alternate arrangements being made.
removers(soap, thinners etc) – this won’t • Electronic invites as opposed to printed
be great for the environment either. Being invites to the VC’s concerts etc.
green means exactly that, it needs to be in • Electronic nominations and elections
your being. for internal positions. The services are
It is not something you do once or available but are not being used.
MyoliSi GophE (GCI), which was started last year programme promises to be the because it is in fashion or to be visible.
to take UCT to a carbon-neutral biggest project of its kind when up The article talked about a recycling initia- Pierre Neethling,
T he Green Week campaign
at UCT has come and gone,
The sustainable living expo
“Most inspiring was the
tive, that is great! If we want to do better
we should try and prevent the creation of
leaving organisers happy but also
shocked and surprised.
The week-long programme
was well attended; the Ridelink
Initiative, which encourages
single car drivers to join carpools,
enthusiasm of the students,” said
Susan Botha, one of the Depart-
ment of Botany staff who started
If UCT wants to be green we should
consider some of the following:
I t is very laudable that UCT has held
a Green Week initiative. Hopefully,
this will lead to our community taking a
saw more than 200 people signing attracted lots of interest and the GCI. • The number of printers we have on more environmentally conscious ap-
up to join the organising group, will be operational by the end But the group was surprised campus. Too many of us have a printer proach to the use of resources. Walking
the Green Campus Initiative of the month; and the recycling by the poor turnout of staff, noted on our desk because it is convenient up to campus during Green Week, it was
Botha. or we don’t want to get up from our rather strange to see contractors using a
“The campaign was for desk. If we consider the capital cost fuel-driven air blower to try to clean up
both staff and students, but and the carbon footprint, how green leaves and other rubbish. Not only does
not many staff members are we really? Would a central printer this method not work well in windy cities
attended the events.” for a department not be more green? like Cape Town, but it also requires fuel,
The Green Police, who Oh yeah, but then we would need to a significant disadvantage in this time
were teaching people about sacrifice our status and we would need of high oil prices, and it contributes to
recycling, were busy as to get up from our desks. Sure, there greenhouse gas emissions. On the other
ever tackling littering. are instances where a personal printer hand, a worker with a brush and dirt pan
And the three Hum- make sense. is a far more environmentally friendly
mers that came to the • Have a policy that no minutes will method for dealing with dead leaves, as
Jammie Plaza took the be pre-printed for a meeting. Those well as being considerably more effective
organisers aback. that want a printed copy (ideally of a in windy places.
“The Hummers use a particular section) should make one
substantial amount of fuel, themselves, before a meeting. Too Prof Chris Reason, Department of Ocea-
and their presence was not often I have attended a meeting where nography
fitting for Green Week,”
In memory This he did, with references to
sentences written in an immaculate
would be away, but our apprehension
was in fact unjustified.
hand on the board. Thus my first In our third-year physics
E meritus Associate Professor
John Juritz of the Department of
Physics died on Wednesday 2 July.
meeting with John Juritz.
Over the months that followed
my class-mates and rapidly be-
course, our lecturers were two other
outstanding teachers, the legendary
Professor R W James, the head of
Below is an excerpt from a tribute by came enthralled by “Mr Juritz’’, department, and Allan Cormack.
Emeritus Professor Robin Cherry, his enthusiasm for his subject, his In retrospect one can only say
former head of the department and clarity of presentation, his erudition that those of us who were under-
former dean of the Faculty of Sci- and humour, his friendly response to graduates in the physics department
ence. questions and his marvellous lecture at UCT from 1950 to 1952 were
At about eight o’clock on a demonstrations. outrageously fortunate.
morning in early March, just over 58 The first lecture of the day was If I have dwelt at such length on
years ago, I walked up the hill from something we looked forward to ; a my memories of John as an admired
Rondebosch Main Road to attend fun occasion, and effectively instruc- personality of my undergraduate
my first day of lectures in the science tive to boot. We learned, by the usual years, it is because my own first
faculty at UCT. undergraduate osmosis, that he was impressions reflect so exactly the
My immediate destination was a “character’’, a man of parts, as experience of thousands of students
the lecture room on the first floor of knowledgeable about matters musical who have been fortunate enough to
the old physics department, which as he was about physics. attend his lectures.
I entered via the stairs leading to We delighted in repeating In the last fifty years the follow-
the elevated rear. Below me I saw a unreliable but always amusing gos- ing has been a recurring story. I meet
packed lecture room, with, at the bot- sip about his enviable status as an someone, either in South Africa or
tom, a rather distinguished youngish eligible bachelor. abroad, who learns of my connec-
man with a stylish beard, standing in Over the next three years I was tion with UCT physics. A frequent
front of the blackboard. fortunate enough to have John as a reaction is: “Oh, you must know
The first words I heard from him lecturer for a substantial part of my John Juritz. I was in his class in 19-
were close to: “For the benefit of physics education. The year 1952 fifty or -sixty or -seventy or -eighty
those of you who were unable to ar- was an exception, because he was -something. What a fabulous lecturer
rive on time, I’ll repeat my introduc- away on sabbatical. We had been ap- he was!”
tory remarks.’’ prehensive when we learned that he He was indeed.
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8 Monday Paper booKS & ArTS 18 – 31 August 2008 Volume 27#13
Learning is a hop, skip and jump for sports
hElEN ThéroN duced as a South African sports in the real world, under real condi-
code in 2002, and has since attract- tions.”
T he recent International Rope
Skipping Federation World
Rope Skipping Championships
ed thousands as a mass-participation
sport in schools across the country.
But what did the students learn?
Kanya Mdaka, a BSocSc gradu-
ate, added: “Commercialisation
has resulted in sport being run in
held in the Mother City were an BCom graduate Luke Smit said a more professional manner but
eye-opener for at least one group of practical experience had been lim- the academic discipline of sport is
UCT students. ited during his years of study. still lagging behind, as it is mostly
Being part of the organisation “Being able to see the theory focused on the exercise and science
and running of the champs is all in action is vital for me to get an part without much concern for ad-
part of experiential learning for understanding of how and where ministration. This focus on business
participants in the Postgraduate Di- particular theoretical models and is what differentiates this course.”
ploma in Sports Management, said scenarios are applied. Without the BSc graduate Phillip Mkorongo
course convenor David Maralack. practical application you cannot get said participation in the champs had
The biennial championships fea- a feel for the added people dynamic given him valuable insight.
tured participants from 19 countries, of sports management.” “The sporting world in South
including defending men’s champs, Sports science graduate Rob Africa needs more individuals with
Belgium, and women’s champs, Time out: Kanya Mdaka (standing) and Luke Smit, students studying to- Hichens agrees: “The only way a firm understanding of the issues
Hungary. wards the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management, check the clock at theory can be truly understood is for that face the industry and have the
Rope skipping was first intro- the 2008 FISAC World Rope Skipping Championships. it to be tried, tested and experienced skills and tools to tackle these.”
Prof heads up Paralympics Robinson tops yet
medical team MEGAN MorriS
that – and Beijing’s notorious pollu-
Derman figures the latter
shouldn’t worry his athletes too
E ver-hardy UCT runner and cyclist
Will Robinson has chalked up
yet another endurance-event triumph,
much, and frets more about the heat. winning the Men’s Health Hout Bay
Even though events are scheduled for Trail Challenge 2008 on 26 July – his
mornings and evenings, the mercury first time at the event – in a record
is still expected to hit the 36oC mark. time of 04:21:58. That’s a full two
Despite being a “robust” group, minutes and 33 seconds faster than
the 60 Paralympians do come with the previous best time. Robinson,
challenges unique to them. That leading right from the starter’s gun,
signals plenty of work for the two also broke the record for the first
physicians and, especially, the seven leg of the 35km off-road challenge,
physiotherapists on the medical team. said to be one of the toughest trail
But it’s also a golden research challenges around. Almost everything
opportunity for Derman, who has a Record trail: Will Robinson climb- went according to plan, said Robinson
special interest in performance psy- ing up to Llandudno Corner in his afterwards, even though the third and
Taking the plunge: Prof Wayne Derman with one of the athletes he’ll ac- chology. By sheer medal count, the record-beating run in the Men’s final leg was something of a battle.
company to the Paralympic Games in Beijing, swimmer Achmat Hassiem. SA Paralympic squads have for some Health Hout Bay Trail Challenge. “I’m really pleased with my run.”
Hassiem lost a leg in a shark attack a few years ago. time gone their Olympian compatriots
U CT’s Professor Wayne Derman
has been appointed as the team
novice to Olympian events – he also
headed up the medical teams for the
Sydney and Athens Olympics in 2000
and 2004, respectively.
a few better. And things look to be
little different this year.
There’s a lot to be learned from
athletes who have overcome some
physician for the South African Paral- Despite the team’s “disabled” pretty difficult, even life-threatening,
ympic squad that heads for Beijing at status, many of the challenges faced obstacles.
the end of the month. are similar for both Olympic and “To look at the psychology and
Derman, based in the MRC/UCT Paralympic squads, says Derman. how that relates to performance, this
Research Unit for Exercise Science That includes getting the team over is a very interesting group to study,”
and Sports Medicine (ESSM), is no their initial jet lag – diarise a week for says Derman.
Rugby club celebrates 125 years
MyoliSi GophE. sport. For kicks: Thabiso Nkile (second left) with rival competitors in a more
friendly mood at the All Africa University Games in Uganda.
“He believes that UCT should
T he FNB UCT Rugby Football
Club celebrated its 125 anniver-
sary in style by launching a com-
not only be an outstanding academic
institution, but should also offer
outstanding sporting experiences,”
U CT karate chart-topper Thabiso
Nkile has enjoyed an industri-
ous couple of weeks. Early in July,
UCT, Nkile picked up no less than
three gold medals (for individual ku-
mite, individual kata and team kata),
memorative book in July. Le Roux explained. he won gold representing UCT in and a bronze (team kumite). He was
Called Varsity Memories, the 72- Le Roux believes that the rugby the 65kg individual kumite seniors also voted best male karate fighter of
page book was released on 5 August club has a very good record of per- at the University Sport South Africa the tournament. Nkile’s banner event
and contains a historic record of Cheers: VC Dr Max Price celebrates formance, having produce in excess (USSA) champs in Potchefstroom, for next year is the World Student
thoughts, photographs and memoirs UCT Rugby Club’s 125th anniver- of 60 Springboks over the years. where UCT finished fourth over- Games in Serbia, where he hopes to
from various sources. sary with Judge Pat Tebbutt, who “We thought it was something to all. He then jumped on a plane get a few podium finishes as well.
At the event, Vice-Chancellor has been associated with the club celebrate,” Le Roux said. to Uganda, where more than 20 He’ll have plenty of match practice
Dr Max Price, was welcomed as the for over 60 years. The book features informa- countries – including powerhouses before then – there’s the World
club’s new patron, an honorary role tion about the history of the club, Algeria and Egypt – vied for honours Karate Championships in Japan in
in recognition of his title. supporters group, said Price had its greatest rivalries, heroes, good at the All Africa University Games, November this year, plus a score of
John le Roux, chairman of the impressed the club with his balanced memories, and transformation and from 6-17 July. Fighting for both provincial, national and continental
200 Club, a UCT Club old boys approach between academia and future plans. the Botswana Universities Team and championships.
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