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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.

Parusha Naidoo

5 short news bites on international, national and health news.

Parusha Naidoo & Aisha Abdool Karim, research by Yogi Shoba & Robyn Ausmeier

On Thursday, April 9th, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from UCT’s upper campus. The removal coincided with the same date a month ago that UCT student, Chumani Maxwele, protested at the statue holding a board that read “Exhibit White Arrogance @ UCT”.

The demonstration went on to gain momentum with an open dialogue taking place on Jammie Plaza on March 12th, an Open Assembly on March 25th and various other dialogues initiated both on and off campus. The formation of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement was sparked by these events and on March 20th, a march was led by UCT students, workers and academic staff to Bremner Building – which the students have unofficially renamed Azania House.

Tanya Magaisa

This year a student sold a comprehensive study guide to a large group of students in the Humanities Introduction to Politics course (POL1004F), outside Beattie Lecture Theatre, for R80. The guide contained summarised notes, essay questions and answers and exam preparation essays, all of which had been compiled by the aforementioned student who had taken the course the previous year.

Robyn Ausmeier

UCT has commenced with a program to award and recognise students for the extra-curricular activities they are involved in during the university year. The Enhanced Curriculum Award, which is co-ordinated by Careers Services, will be given to a select group of individuals who meet the requirements and have shown a particular commitment to further learning and skills development. The program is currently in a pilot phase and the process will be assessed at the end of the year to decide how to develop and improve the award for the future.

Adam Kleinschmidt

A recap of the international news you may have missed over the past few weeks.

Robyn Ausmeier

On Monday, April 13th the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement held a press conference on Jameson Plaza during meridian. The movement used the space to voice their dissatisfaction over the way in which management has responded to their demands for transformation and decolonisation at the university. They also elaborated on their plans for the future of RMF and explained the decision to end their occupation of Bremner Building, which was renamed as Azania House by the movement.

Megon Venter and Nadijah Campbell

Transformation Month, an initiative introduced by the SRC in association with student societies, began at UCT on Monday, March 9th and will run until March 29th. Thato Pule, SRC Chair of Transformation and Social Responsiveness, has worked as the co-ordinator of events. The campaign places a focus on gender, sexuality and disability as key issues of transformation, with each of the three weeks looking specifically at one of these areas. Transformation Month is made up of a range of events hosted on different UCT campuses as well as in the residences.

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