The Vice-Chancellor has committed 20% of her salary for a period of 3 months towards this fund. Our Chancellor, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, has also led by example when she announced late last month a R5 million donation by the Motsepe Foundation to help the university manage its multi-faceted response to the pandemic. Read the Vice-Chancellor's appeal letter to alumni.
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) chancellor, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, has announced a R5 million donation by the Motsepe Foundation to help the university manage its multi-faceted response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared it a national disaster in South Africa on Sunday, 15 March, and the country is in lockdown as of midnight on Thursday, 26 March.
Philanthropic responses to the COVID-19 crisis in Africa should be guided by the blueprint that Ebola provided in West Africa, said Carl Manlan, chief operating officer of the EcoBank Foundation in Togo. He was one of three speakers in the final session of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Africa Month Virtual Symposium.
UCT alumna and Higher Educational Consultant in Vancouver BC, Vivian Forssman, visited the University of Cape Town in 2019 to assist in the development of an online education strategy and implementation plan. In this article she speaks of her return to campus after many years – to find many things changed, but some things the same.
Through a deep commitment to African knowledge production and the development of African solutions to global challenges, researchers at the University of Cape Town are making critical advances in everything from the fight against infectious diseases to advancing democracy in Africa.
Investing in talent
The skills gap remains a critical obstacle to South Africa’s advancement. UCT wants to graduate more spirited and educated citizens who can think critically and innovatively, and go on to make a vital contribution to the development of a healthy, democratic and equitable society.
UCT is committed to a vision of transformation that advances non-racialism, diversity and inclusiveness. This involves creating an institutional culture that is affirming for all who come to the university, a working environment that respects the dignity of all staff, and a demographic profile that reflects the democratic transition that has taken place in the country.
"I give to Distinguishing UCT to grow the endowment in order to provide bursaries to students in need who will not, normally, be able to afford to attend this institution. The bigger the endowed figure, the more income will be generated for these bursaries." Abieda Abrahams