Robyn Ausmeier

A large percentage of students experience mental health issues while at university. However, there is a lack of adequate awareness around this and limited support is provided for students who are struggling with their mental wellbeing. At UCT, there are certain support structures, such as Student Wellness and the Mad Hatters' Society, which offer assistance to students affected by mental illness, although these bodies are in need of further support themselves.

Clare Garrard

Four short summaries about what's happening around the world and in South Africa.

Megon Venter

At the start of 2015 there was a strong push from UCT’s environmental committees to find out what has become of the plans for environmental transformation proposed to the university in past years.

Nico Nomyayi

On Sunday, September 20th, the provisional results for the 2015/2016 SRC were released. Voting took place from September 14th to September 18th. The newly elected council consists of all five V candidates, five independent candidates, three DASO members, three SASCO candidates, and one candidate from the Trans Collective. At the time of going to print, the Constituting Meeting, where new portfolios are allocated, was yet to be convened.

Aisha Abdool Karim with research by Gape Masole and Nico Nomyayi

UCT’s outsourced workers call for a living wage and accountability on poor working conditions - “UCT can outsource accountability but it can’t outsource responsibility”

Tasneem Amra

On Friday, August 14th, the Engineering and Built Environment (EBE) Student Council launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for a Student in Distress Fund, which will be administered by the EBE Faculty Office. During meridian, the student council members approached students and asked them to give up a luxury for the day and donate to the fund. Within an hour, R600 had been raised.

Tanya Magaisa

On August 20th, Luister, a documentary about the exclusion of black students and lecturers at the University of Stellenbosch, was released by the media group Contraband Cape Town.

Lorena Lesna-Maranetto

Gender representation varies between faculties at the University of Cape Town, showing clear trends of enrolment in different courses.

Nico Nomyayi with research by Tanya Magaisa

Following the change in the residence catering company from Fedics to C3 this year, and the developments that have accompanied this, the catering staff were promised improved working conditions and better treatment.

Clare Garrard

5 short summaries on what's happening around the world.

Parusha Naidoo with research by Aisha Abdool Karim & Robyn Ausmeier

On Thursday, September 10th the UCT #PatriarchyMustFall movement was formed. The movement’s formation was sparked on Tuesday, September 8th during house committee interrogations at Leo Marquad when UCT student, Khanya Funde, criticised the current house committee for preserving a patriarchal culture within the residence, and posed a question to a candidate regarding how he intended to address the issue.

Robyn Ausmeier

The UCT African Union Club hosted a Model African Union (MAU) Summit from July 31st to August 2nd this year. The event was held on Middle Campus and involved three days of speeches, committee meetings and group discussions, placing a focus on empowering the youth in Africa.

Aisha Abdool Karim & Robyn Ausmeier with research by Megon Venter

From August 17th to August 21st, a number of events were held on campus to commemorate the third anniversary of the Marikana massacre, where 34 mineworkers were killed by police on August 16th 2012. These events were hosted by different forums and societies to discuss issues around the mistreatment of workers in Marikana and to contest UCT’s involvement with Lonmin Platinum Mines, the company for which many of the slain miners worked.

Yogi Shoba

On Saturday, August 8th, a robbery occurred near Liesbeeck Gardens. This incident caused concern amongst students regarding safety beyond the boundaries of the residence.

Tinotenda Masando

A bomb exploded on Monday, August 17th, killing 20 people at the Erawan Shrine, a shrine popular with both tourists and locals in central Bangkok, Thailand. Of the 20 people killed, 12 are said to have died on the spot, and more than 120 people were injured.

Tanya Magaisa

State of emergency declared in Ferguson 

United States – On August 10th, during a peaceful gathering to commemorate a year since the killing of Michael Brown, one of the protesters, Tyrone Harris, was badly wounded after police opened fire. Police officers stated that Harris had shot at them first. He was charged with assault, which his father says is untrue. The assault coupled with civil disobedience across Ferguson led to authorities declaring a state of emergency.  

BBC News


Third anniversary of the Marikana Massacre 

Nyiko Maroleni

The University of Cape Town has proposed a new smoking policy that aims to guarantee air free of tobacco smoke to all those on the University’s campuses.

Aisha Abdool Karim

The UCT Queer Revolution, a movement started during the June/July vacation period, was created in order to raise awareness about the dangers that freedom of speech can pose, with particular focus on individuals who hold leadership positions, and how to avoid issues similar to what happened after Zizipho Pae, President of the SRC Vacation Committee, was called out for expressing homophobic views.

Nico Nomyayi

Following the change in caterers in 2015 from Fedics Food Services to C3 Catering, students at UCT residences have expressed their discontent about the food served by the new catering company, claiming that the quality has declined.

Yogi Shoba and Robyn Ausmeier

On Thursday, August 6th, the UCT Faculty of Humanities held an assembly in Jameson Hall to discuss issues of transformation within the faculty and the university as a whole. Tutorials and lectures were postponed for the duration of the assembly to allow students and staff to attend.