University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Spring 2017

I start this Spring Newsletter with the exciting news that we have a “SHAWCO kid” visiting Canada and addressing alumni in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Gavin Joachim, himself a “SHAWCO kid” now heads up SHAWCO and is eager to tell alumni about his plans. See below for more information on these events, and I urge alumni to attend to hear about the exciting and successful programs being run by students to give a helping hand in the education of school-going young people, and by providing medical support in Cape Town and Western Cape townships.

Canadian alumni have always been keen to come together to support a number of UCT initiatives. What motivates them? Phrases I have heard include -

“Sport builds discipline and teamwork and is great for developing a strong work ethic.”
“Education beyond graduation builds academics for the future.”
“In commemoration.”
“Early education is vital for a future out of poverty.”
“Africa needs doctors.”
“I received a sound education. It’s time to give back.”

We honour some of those donors in this newsletter.

Please read on - you will see some exciting work being done by UCT researchers, staff and students in addressing some of the challenges facing our society.

Wishing you all a great summer, and I hope to see you at one of our events!

Di Stafford

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

SHAWCO Director to meet with Canadian alumni in May

Many alumni have had first-hand experience with the SHAWCO programs. Gavin Joachim, Director, will be meeting with alumni in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton next month, and I invite you to come along and hear what SHAWCO has achieved in its 75 year existence. You will be truly amazed to see the successes SHAWCO has achieved. It is, of course, also a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and colleagues. All alumni and friends are invited - so please pass the invitation along. Read more to register.

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O-week 2017 in pictures

Follow the link to see pictures of Orientation Week 2017, and a host of other pics around campus.

Dr Hawa Patel - pioneering MBChB graduate

Dr Hawa Patel was a pioneering and inspiring Black female MBChB graduate at UCT. Her studies took her across the globe, but she never forgot her roots.

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ABALOBI - Strengthening the small-scale fisheries sector through technology

ABALOBI is a solution that is transforming in the way we produce knowledge, steward marine resources by including all communities and stakeholders, and build resilience in the face of climate change.

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UCT Connect brings alumni together across the globe

The Development & Alumni Department has recently signed on to UCT Connect, a new networking portal for UCT alumni offered by Graduway.
Sign on to UCT Connect and find fellow-alumni across the globe.

A day in the life of a medical intern

“Doc-U-Mentally” sheds light on 30 hour shifts. [Read More]

Spring Fundraising Report

Canadian alumni and donors have come to the fore once again in support of education - we offer thanks to our donors. [Read More]

Catch up on the latest news on research and activities at UCT

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