- Published on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:00
- Written by Chris van der Westhuyzen
Earlier in February, UCT’s day residence Ikhaya relocated from their former space in the Leslie Social Science Building to the Sir Richard Luyt room in the Otto Beit Students’ Union. This following a call for extra office space by the School of Economics.
Ikhaya provides a recreational space for members – students who are not in residence at UCT – to enjoy in between lectures. House committee head Ziyana Lategan, explains “The move was made unexpected[ly]. However, since the move, we are receiving a lot more help from the university regarding the management of the day house. What appeared to be a problematic situation, consequently worked in our favour.”
In April 2011 the School of Economics moved to the newly-built School of Economics Building on Middle Campus. However, staff members of the department with permanent offices in the new building required workspace for when they need to work on Upper Campus.
John Critien, Executive Director of Properties and Services, confirmed the university’s decision to relocate Ikhaya, saying: “The Space Allocation Committee made the decision at their June 2011 meeting”.
According to Paula Bassing-thwaighte, Postgraduate Ad-ministrator in the School of Economics, Ikhaya’s previous room on level 3 of the Leslie Social Sciences Building will be used by Commerce lecturers for work and consultation with students in between lectures.
Ikhaya members are satisfied with their new room. Kiren Reggo, Boys Sports and Events Co-ordinator, said the area had a “professional feel” to it, adding, “We don’t really mind the move because our new room is much bigger and more spacious.”
“I also like the fact that it is so central”, added Mark Wilkinson, who serves as head of safety and management on the house committee. Smoking members expressed regret, saying they miss their old balcony.