Nominations for UCT Chancellor are Open

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This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 5 of VARSITY News.


On May 9th, UCT announced via email an invitation for the nominations of possible candidates for the Chancellor position.


 After serving as the chancellor of UCT for 20 years, Graça Machel’s terms ends June 7. Machel’s legacy consistsof being a spokesperson for the empowerment of black African women, creating charity campaigns/events, funding education for the disadvantaged, and being an advocate for the rights of children, just to name a few.


UCT staff members can nominate an individual for the position and will be required to obtaina minimum of 20 people and no more than 30signatures on their nomination. A chancellor is elected to their position for a 10-year-term unless he/she dies, resigns,or they no longer qualify for the position. No UCTstaff member can be nominated.


The nomination with the names must be accompanied by the nominee’s written acceptance of the nomination and a written statement of a 200-word summary of their curriculum vitae and candidature. It must be received by the registrar by no later than the notice given for submissions unless condoned by the council to submit later.


If the registrar receives 21 or lessnominations, the nominations must be declared duly elected. If the registrar receives less than 21 nominations:  he or she needs to repeat the process of publishing a notice decided by the council to invite nominations to be sent in, the submission of a written nomination and all the required content must be submitted and the receiving of the nominations at the specified date by the registrar. If the registrar receives more than 21 nominations, they must hold a ballot of the graduates and holders of diplomas and certificates and after the publishing of the statements of the candidates elected, the council will decide as to how the ballot will be taken.


The chancellor can no longer hold the position if they are found to be, according to the election process, insolvent, declared by a court of the Republic to be of unsound mind or convicted of an offence without an option of a fine by a court of the Republic.


The chancellor is elected by the electoral college. The electoral college consistsof the president of convocation, 21 members elected by the graduates, diploma and certificate holders, 6 members elected by academic staff, 6 members by the professional, administrative support and service staff,and 6 members elected by the SRC.


EFF Julius Malema and DA Helen Zille are reported to be candidates for nominations to be the next UCT chancellor. The public’s response has been a mixture of positive and negative with many not being sure what to make of the situation.


Mpho, a UCT student, shared their thoughts on Julius Malema and Zillebeing possible nominees, “Neither of the two, in my opinion, should be elected to be chancellor. Just seems like a whole lot of drama will come out of it. Political drama.”


Another UCT student, Siseko, commented, “I don’t mind if Julius becomes the chancellor and I also don’t mind if Helen becomes chancellor. Just as long as they do their job.”


On the 15thof May IOL News published an article on individuals  they thought would be suitable to be nominated to be the next UCT chancellor. The list reads: John Kani, Mark Shuttleworth, Baleka Mbete, Zackie Achmat, Gcina Mhlophe, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, and Pregs Govender – to name a few.


Nominations can be sent to The Registrar, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701 or to


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