University of Cape Town, Regional Office Canada

Fall 2009

Chairman's Report

Since my last message in January 2009 many exciting UCT events have occurred.

The opening performance of Tshepang by Lara Foot Newton on Wednesday 18th February 2009 in the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto was organized by Professor Marcia Blumberg who also gave a pre-theatre talk. The 150 people who attended were also invited to a reception to meet the cast. The event raised $3 660, which was donated to the University of Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre Centre in support of the Ikhwezi Community Theatre Festival, which supports new artists, writers and directors.

Di Stafford, Regional Director Development & Alumni Relations of the University of Cape Town, organized a breakfast meeting for Dr Simone Honikman, Director of the Perinatal Mental Health Unit, on Saturday 7th March 2009 attended by 14 alumni and friends. The PMHP provides training of healthcare practitioners, and the screening and counseling of pregnant women in distress. [Read More]

Dr John Bradford receives Isaac Ray Award

Dr John Bradford (MBChB 1971) was awarded the Isaac Ray Award in May this year [Read More]

UCT signs exchange agreement with York University

In July this year UCT and York University signed a formal exchange agreement paving the way for staff and student exchanges between the two universities. [Read More]

UCT Foundation

UCT Foundation awards eight bursaries in 2009

The Annual Alumni Appeal was posted early in November 2008 and the response from Canadian alumni has been steady. As a result, enough funds were raised from alumni to support at least four bursaries in 2009. Additional private donations made possible the award of four further bursaries, assistance to SHAWCO for schools internet access, and support of the Ikhwezi Theatre Festival at the Baxter Theatre Centre [Read More]

UCT alumnus Jack Diamond to design new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg

World-renowned Russian conductor, Valery Gergiev, confirmed recently that Diamond & Schmitt Architects of Toronto had been selected to design the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. UCT Alumnus A.J. Diamond (B.Arch 1956) is Principal of Diamond & Schmitt Architects,Toronto [Read More]

Life as a UCT student today

Chishamiso Samantha Kafundo, a B.A. 3rd year student, was recently the house guest of Di Stafford in Toronto. Di spoke with Sam about life as a UCT student today. [Read More]

UCT Foundation

From Vancouver to Seattle to Conquer Cancer

UCT medical alumni undertook the epic 280 km Ride to Conquer Cancer in June 2009 [Read More]

Ontario Judges visit UCT Law Faculty

During March 2009 a group of judges from all levels of court in Ontario visited Cape Town and the UCT Law Faculty. They held discussions with various academics and discussed the importance of the rule of law and judicial impartiality. [Read More]

Montreal-Ottawa-Kingston Alumni Chapter

Andrew Southwood is interested in starting a ‘MOK’ Alumni Chapter [Read More]

Dean of Law, PJ Schwikkard visits Toronto

3 June 2009 | Toronto
Law Dean, PJ Schwikkard recently visited Toronto to attend a conference of the International Association of Procedural Law entitled: “Common Law Civil Law the future of categories of the future” held at Osgoode Hall, Toronto, from 3rd to 5th June 2009. [Read More]

Visit with alumni in Alberta

20/21 May 2009 | Edmonton and Calgary
During May, Di Stafford paid a visit to Edmonton and Calgary where she met with alumni and donors. [Read More]

Reception and Dinner in Vancouver with the Vice Chancellor, Dr Max Price

19 May 2009 | Vancouver
On 19th May 2009 Dr Max Price hosted a dinner at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel for friends and alumni. He presented his strategic ideas about the future of UCT and answered questions posed by alumni. [Read More]