Dean Horwitz

The 2015 UCT SRC assumed office on Saturday November 1st and their first matter of business was accepting the resignation of two of their DASO members, William Cahill and Jessica Pollock. On October 24th, Cahill tendered his resignation followed by Pollock on October 31st; both cited academic and personal reasons for their resignation.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Thursday October 23rd Nnete Mojaesi Malebo, a Commercial Science student at UCT, was found dead in her room in Clarinus residence. The cause of death is still unknown, although students in Clarinus have been informed of her passing.

Niel Vernooy

Rainbow UCT held events from September 29th to October 3rd in order to celebrate Pink Week. These events included a talk, a movie night, a something. Pink Week was re-launched this year as Rainbow Week in order to be more inclusive to the LGBTQIA community.


VARSITY Newspaper survey 2014

Parusha Naidoo

On Monday, October 13th 2014 UCT’s Department of Student Affairs (DSA) hosted the 12th annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. The event took place in Molly Blackburn Hall and featured distinguished guests, such as the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, and all four Deputy Vice-Chancellors of the university. Other attractions of the event included live performances by UCT’s Jazz Band and the UCT Choir.

Alex Hotz

On September 23rd, the ANC National Executive Committee officially boycotted the security company G4S, cancelling all of its existing contracts. This decision follows similar actions by institutions, organisations and companies in protest against the occupation of Palestine. This has placed additional pressure on UCT to review its existing contract with G4S.

Salma Khan

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) resumed lectures on Monday, September 29th, after violent strike action persisted on its campuses since Wednesday, September 10th. TUT’s Student Representative Council (SRC), alongside student body members, boycotted lectures and engaged in strike action against the lack of funding for financial aid students from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), racist lecturers, outsourcing of cleaning and transport services as well as a demand for a financial disclosure on the salaries of the University’s executive management.

Daniëlle Van Der Spuy & Guy Cunliffe

The Fossil Free UCT Campaign held two events on campus during meridian on Tuesday, September 30th, and Wednesday, October 1st. The Campaign was officially launched on July 30th and proposed the possibility of divestment from fossil fuels at UCT and investment in renewable energy sources. The events served as an introduction to the proposal and aimed to make UCT aware of its investment in fossil fuels and the impact that this has on the environment.

Robyn Ausmeier

Short news bites on international, national and health news.

Mahlatse Phasha and Aisha Abdool Karim

Negotiation talks between the Chinese government and pro-democracy protestors were set to take place on Friday, October 10th. However, these talks were cancelled the day before due to the increased action taken by the protestors.

Robyn Ausmeier

On Friday, October 10th, the second annual UCT Residence Leadership Awards were held in Baxter Dining Hall. The awards ceremony was organised by the Student Representative Council (SRC) to acknowledge and reward House Committee members for the work they have done within their residences throughout the year. Both the outgoing and incoming House Committees were present at the awards. The event included a keynote speech by Vice-Chancellor Max Price and a short address by Grant Willis, the Director of Student Housing & Residence Life.

Fowzia Davids and Amina Ebrahim

On Friday October 10th, the SRC hosted the Residences Leadership Awards at Baxter Hall, celebrating the hard work put in by different residence house committees. Each residence had sent in motivations for the relevant awards, which was divided into the Initiative Awards and the Leadership Team of the Year Award.


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I held a gun, but nothing changed.

How to prevent rape… Don’t rape anyone.

White history month is not really necessary.

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Laurie Scarborough

On October 2nd the final SRC election results were announced. The vote count remained the same as the second provisional results that were published by the Electoral Office in late September.

Fowzia Davids

On Monday October 6th, the incoming SRC met in the Steve Biko Students’ Union building at Upper Campus to allocate portfolio positions for the year ahead.

Outcome of SRC Constituting Meeting:


1. President – Khanyisa Baz Pinini (DASO)

2. Vice President External (VPE) – Zizipho Pae (Independent)

3. Vice-President Internal (VPI)  - Sean Woodgate (DASO)

4. Secretary-General – Ramabina Mahapa (ALUTA)

5. Deputy Secretary General – Oyama Botha (ALUTA)

6. Treasurer – Simeon Brown  (DASO)

7. Chair: Undergraduate Academics – Jonathan Yankelowitz (DASO)

Compiled by: Katy Scott, Vikash Gajjar, Clare Garrard, Jena Ascough, Parusha Naidoo, Aisha Abdool Karim, Laurie Scarborough, Krysia Gaweda.

The SRC Report Card is an annual VARSITY project that is conducted to assess the performance of each year’s outgoing SRC.

Laurie Scarborough

The 2015 Student Representative Council (SRC) elections took place across UCT campus from September 15th to September 19th. Thirty candidates ran for 17 seats on the SRC with the two SASCO candidates dropping out of the race shortly after voting started.

Aisha Abdool Karim

Hong Kong police remove protestors
Hong Kong – Pro-democracy protestors were removed from the main government compound by police on September 26th. Police cleared the area following clashes the previous night, which involved the use of pepper spray on the protestors. Nearly 30 people were injured in the clashes and 13 people were arrested. The activists were opposed to Beijing’s decisions to rule out democratic elections in 2017.
– BBC News

Aisha Abdool Karim

The Campus Copy and Print (CCP) service team has been expanding the services offered to students to enable greater use of cell phones. The new services include mobile printing, web deposits, CCP Dashboard and a Doc Q Manager.

Robyn Ausmeier

On September 18th, in a nationwide referendum, Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom (UK). There was a substantial voter turnout with around 85% of the population taking part in the referendum. The decision was finalised with a vote of 55% to 45% in favour of the union over independence.