University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Fall 2018

Dear Alumni and Friends

This newsletter is a mixed bag. It got longer and longer as articles of interest came across my path. I hope they will inspire you about your alma mater and the future that lies ahead under the helm of a new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng. I have included her welcome to the UCT community.

I am also pleased to report on the six recipients of funds through the Canadian Alumni bursary funds that are donated each year. The number of students supported grows each year - our heartfelt thanks for this tangible show of support.

Vancouverites will be happy to know that you have not been forgotten this year. I will be visiting on November 15 for an alumni event (venue still be be decided). Our guest will be Prof Ntobeko Ntusi, Head of the Department of Medicine. Please watch out for further information.

I wanted to include something about Golden Graduation ceremonies, but space did not allow. Golden Graduation is a special re-graduation ceremony for those who graduated more than 50 years ago. This year’s graduation will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018, and I am happy to say we have two Canadian alumni attending. Please email me if you are interested in attending a future Golden Graduation ceremony.

Without further ado, I present the Fall 2018 Canadian Alumni eNewsletter.

Kind regards

Di Stafford

Regional Director: Canada
Development & Alumni Department
University of Cape Town

New VC addresses UCT community

Prof Mamokethi Phakeng took office on 1 July 2018. Her welcome message to the UCT community is presented here. [Read More]

Smuts House 90th Reunion

Read the latest Newsletter update about the Smuts Hall global 90th reunion events.

Save the Date: Vancouver, November 15 2018

I am happy to announce that Prof Ntobeko Ntusi, Head of the Department of Medicine (one of the largest departments in the faculty), will be travelling to Vancouver and meeting with alumni and donors on 15 and 16 November, 2018. [Read more]

UCT Pays Tribute to Bongani Mayosi

Many Ontario alumni will remember the alumni braai held in the summer of 2016 with Prof Bongani Mayosi and Dr Nonhlanhla Khumalo. With the recent untimely passing of Prof Mayosi, UCT pays tribute to this inspirational man. Read more

Canadian Alumni bursaries in full swing

Our thanks to those alumni who are supporting the Canadian Alumni bursaries, as well as those alumni who are supporting individual specific bursaries. Your assistance is making an impact on the future of individuals, families and communities. We present an update on six students supported this year through the Canadian Alumni Bursary fund.
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How to change the constitution

With news abounding about land expropriations in South Africa, this article appeared detailing the process of changing the constitution. Makes for interesting reading. Read more… []

Blue diamonds come under the spotlight

Blue diamonds may have their origins in the sea - read more about UCT’s involvement in this research. []

Wizard of O2

The Wizard of O2

An inspiring project launched by a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology has ignited interest in chemistry among school students. Read on to hear about explosions, experiments and catchy storylines.

Ikeys Rugby Update

I was recently sent the latest Ikeys Rugby update. As a fan of rugby, I always enjoy keeping tabs on the Ikey Tigers. Here is the link to their latest newsletter - whatever you do, watch the video.

PhDs in Three Minutes

If this headline enthralls you, read on … [Read more]