University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Fall 2019

Dear Alumni and Friends,

With summer drawing to a close and everyone back at the helm, I bring you a roundup of UCT news.

I am happy to report that with Canadian alumni and friends support, this year UCT is able to provide a measure of financial support to almost 50 students across all six faculties. Four new scholarships are also in the planning process for implementation in 2020. I offer a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who looks back, remembers their time at UCT, and their decision to give the gift of a higher education to someone else.

World Rugby fever is upon us – UCT’s Ikey Tigers are in Japan striving to hold on to their World University Rugby Cup, and the 21st will see me making my way downtown with a group of ‘Saffas’ ready to watch the Springboks/All Blacks game at 5:45 am Toronto time. Go Bokke! Any alumni watching the game together? Send me pics!

On a sadder note, I am sure many of you have heard the uproar around violence against women and children in South Africa, which was brought to a head by the heartbreaking murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a first year Film & Media student. This precipitated an outpouring of grief on campus and a memorial service held on the steps of Sarah Baartman Hall (Jamie steps). The Chancellor, Graca Machel, addressed the students. The link I have included here illustrates the outpouring of grief and anger on campus. This was followed by two days of mourning and a march to Parliament by students and staff which swelled to thousands in the streets of the city.

A scholarship has been established in Uyinene’s name, supporting women in Film & Media. Feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info, or if you want to make a contribution you can do so online.

I hope you enjoy this small snippet of UCT news, and I wish you all a colourful Fall and a year-end festive season filled with warmth and good friends.


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

VC’s August Message

Read the VC’s August message, with info on developments on and off campus.

A New Chancellor for UCT

The election of Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe as the incoming UCT Chancellor has received a warm response. Mrs Graca Machel will complete her second term as current Chancellor at the end of December, and Dr Motsepe steps up as the titular head of the university in January. [Read More]

UCT tops all five rankings

In the latest round of rankings, UCT has taken all five as the top university in Africa. [Read More]

Young Professionals Network established

A group of South African young professionals now living and working in Canada have set up a scholarship to support and grow a network of young professionals studying at UCT. [Read More]

Plans for a visit to SA in December / January?

Consider paying a visit to your campus during your December/January visit to Cape Town. [Read More]

Advancing Excellence, Investing in Talent, Realising Transformation

The Distinguishing UCT Campaign is an ambitious fundraising campaign focusing on growing the unrestricted endowment of UCT in support of its key initiatives. [Read More]

Ikey Tigers off to the World University Rugby Cup

With world rugby fever gaining pitch, the Ikey Tigers will be off to Japan in September to defend their title at the World University Rugby Cup in Japan, hosted by Waseda University. [Read More]

Food Security @ UCT

Due to socio-economic factors beyond their control, we have discovered that many students at UCT go hungry every day. Fellow students recently came together to address food security on campus in hopes to break the stigma and provide food for those in need. [Read More]