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UCT’s New Inclusivity Policy For Sexual Orientation: What Students Think

The launch of UCT’s Inclusivity Policy for Sexual Orientation has come during a time of relative calm at the institution. After a lengthy consultative period, drawing insight, input and comment from the wider staff and student body, the policy was finally launched earlier this month. Under the control of the deputy vice chancellor for transformation, Professor Loretta Feris, the policy will be coordinated and implemented by the university’s Office for Inclusivity and Change. The policy focuses on four key areas of the…

‘A School Where I Belong’: Creating Transformed And Inclusive Schools

A School Where I Belong, written by Roy Hellenberg, Dylan Wray and Professor Jonathan Jansen, was launched at the Cape Town Central Library last week. A book that attempts to challenge unconscious bias in schools and create schools where all learners belong, ASWIB also leads workshops for schools’ three primary groups: learners, staff and parents. All three men have decades of experience in education in a myriad of capacities. Professor Jansen currently teaches at Stellenbosch University and Hellenberg and Wray, former high…

G@tvol Capetonian: What Of The Forgotten Ones? Pt. 1

Insouciance is a characteristic that’s been lodged against coloured people of the Cape for years. In April 2018, however, G@tvol Capetonian arrived to put that allegation to bed and fight for the coloured community. Emerging amidst a leadership crisis in Cape Town and the Cape Flats specifically; the politicians don’t care and the people who ‘make it’ leave, only coming back for Eid and Christmas lunches. I sat down for an interview with Oscar Lyons, Fadiel Adams, Randy Nel, Junaid McCleod, four members of G@tvol…

Kgalema Motlanthe, Thuli Madonsela, Pallo Jordan On The Prospects For A New South Africa

At the end of August, Cape Town’s Community House welcomed the former public protector Thuli Madonsela, now the social justice chair at the Law Faculty of the Stellenbosch University, Pallo Jordan, a former member of parliament and the ANC’s national executive committee, and Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa, to offer their thoughts of the prospects of South Africa and engage with the masses who had gathered in the Ashley Kriel Hall. The event was hosted by the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA). All…

Looking Out From In: The Inaugural Archie Mafeje Lecture

On Wednesday, 8 August, the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Humanities presented the inaugural Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture, by Professor Shahid Vawda. Vawda holds the  Archie Mafeje Chair in critical and decolonial humanities, as well as the directorship of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics. In his lecture, he outlined how we can honour the legacy of Mafeje and how his recently-assembled research group plans to use Mafeje’s work as a launching point for their own studies of the…

An Emotional Farewell For Professor Bongani Mayosi

When the minister of health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that Professor Bongani Mayosi would be honoured with a special provincial funeral, it was the official seal that said of the late dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town: “South Africa thanks you and is infinitely indebted to you.” When you stepped into hall 3 of the Cape Town Convention Centre for that funeral, you could feel something in the air. There was presence, power, whispers of the ancestors, subtle tears of mourners and the…