Robyn Ausmeier & Aisha Abdool Karim

The UCT Queer Revolution (UQR) was established in reaction to homophobic comments made by Zizipho Pae, Acting President of the SRC Vacation Committee on June 28th. The movement is aimed at providing a voice for the LGBTIAQ+ community in a space that privileges heterosexual experiences. The UQR has organised protests calling for action to be taken against Pae and for the recognition of queer bodies at UCT.

Gape Masole

5 short summaries of international, national and health news

Adam Kleinschmidt

5 summaries of major international news events that happened during vac

Robyn Ausmeier

From July 14th to July 16th 2015, UCT hosted the Re-ACT Student Social Responsiveness Conference on Upper Campus. The conference focused on re-defining, re-evaluating and re-thinking social action and provided a space for discussion around social responsiveness initiatives.

Robyn Ausmeier

A draft sexualities policy has been formulated at UCT, with input from various university structures, to encourage a learning environment which focuses on the inclusivity of all sexualities and gendered identities. This policy addresses discrimination and exclusion based on sexuality, and aims to introduce new guidelines for engagement on these issues.

Aisha Abdool Karim

Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS), Properties & Services, and other departments have been in the process of upgrading lecture venues and classrooms on campus during winter and summer vacations.

Marguerite Beningfield

Information about the OUTZONE IN Campaign, which provides counselling to students or staff who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation, or have been experiencing a difficult time due to recent events.

Aisha Abdool Karim

There have been widespread calls for changes to the academic curriculum following the actions of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement, which raised a number of transformation issues. Although there was already an existing structure established at the end of last year, the Curriculum Task Team (CURTT), individual faculties are now also examining potential changes that could be made to the curriculum.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Friday, May 8th, an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department was launched by the Justice Department. This investigation follows weeks of unrest after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man, was killed while in police custody on April 19th due to injuries to his spinal chord.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Thursday, May 7th, Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) held a march to #DecriminaliseBlack from the previous location of the Cecil John Rhodes statue and ending with a public address on Jammie Stairs. During the march students from the Open Stellenbosch movement joined the RMF. Workers also joined the RMF at the end of the gathering to show their support for the movement. The march aimed to draw attention to the disciplinary action being faced by student movements across the country.

Adam Kleinschmidt

5 short summaries of international, national and health news.

Nadijah Campbell

The Gender and Sex Project (GASP) is an initiative, run by university students, which takes the knowledge learnt in class and applies it to practical situations outside of campus – educating high school learners about gender and sex. GASP challenges high school pupils to interrogate the roles of men and women in society, the difference between sex and gender, and other related topics in an effort to educate them about gender power from an early age.

Robyn Ausmeier

Follow-up on ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’.
The Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) is UCT’s main structure for dealing with cases of sexual harassment and assault. The central function of DISCHO is to provide a support system for UCT students and staff who have been harassed, assaulted or discriminated against. This support includes the provision of medical and legal assistance.

Robyn Ausmeier

TEDxUCT held their first event of the year on Saturday, April 25th, gathering a crowd of around 150 people at Hiddingh Hall.

Nadijah Campbell

Students have raised concerns that there are not adequate systems in place to deal with sexual harassment and abuse at the University. The Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) is set up to address these issues, however, there have been questions about the effectiveness of their methods. Dela Gwala, a UCT student and feminist writer, has been speaking out about the issues at hand and calling for the silence to be broken around sexual assault, sexual harassment and discrimination on campus.

Yogi Shoba

The UCT Jammie Shuttle Service has undergone several changes since the closure of South Stop on March 23rd to make way for the current construction of the New Lecture Theatre (NLT).

Dean Horwitz with additional research by Pieter du Plessis

The cost of a UCT parking disc rises exponentially each year and is currently sitting at R910 for unmarked bays. This year UCT issued 4295 parking discs for the 2239 unmarked bays that are available on campus. This was done according to their policy of not limiting the amount of discs they sell, leaving a large number of students frustrated by the lack of available parking for disc holders.

Parusha Naidoo

4 short news bites of international and national news.

Primrose Z.J Bimha and Aisha Abdool Karim

On Friday, April 24th, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament that 338 soldiers – belonging to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) – would be deployed in KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and other areas where the police need assistance in curbing the recent xenophobic attacks. These attacks began in KwaZulu-Natal at the beginning of April.

Hannah Roodt

Protests against colonial-era monuments and symbolism spread throughout South Africa in March and early April this year. These protests followed the establishment of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) at UCT, a movement focused on issues of transformation at the university. The campaign became influential on a national level and has led to the defacing of national monuments as well as dissatisfaction at other universities over policies and symbols. Campuses affected by protests include the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Rhodes University, the University of the Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch University.