year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 45

in understanding student mental health
has resulted in two new walk-in services
on upper and Hiddingh campuses,
the UCT Food Security Programme to
help combat hunger, university-funded
scholarships for black South African
postgraduates, and approximately 600
additional beds.
A major project of our Naming of
Buildings Committee has seen the
renaming of Memorial Hall to Sarah
Baartman Hall. This followed extensive
consultation with the UCT community
and Khoi and San leadership. The
official renaming ceremony is set for
Our Works of Art Committee has
also done significant work in honouring
Baartman and the indigenous
community. One of their major projects
included the removal of the Sarah
Baartman sculpture from the Chancellor
Oppenheimer Library.
Again, working with our indigenous
people, the portfolio and the OIC
began the reinterment of ancestral
remains with the Khoe community in
Sutherland. As DVC,
I will continue to chair this work,
engaging throughout with the
Khoe community. We hope that the
restorative burial will take place in 2019.
2018 has been a rewarding and
challenging one for the Transformation
portfolio. Our commitment to the
university community and all those
with whom we interact is that we
will continue to action the necessary
changes and to engage until ours is
a university inclusive of all diversities,
cultures and identities.
we finalised a framework that will
ensure consistency in mandate,
composition, constitution and terms of
We have collaborated with
Human Resources to redefine the
key performance areas of deans,
executive directors and heads
of departments so that they are
measured on transformation.
The work of the Institutional
Reconciliation and Transformation
Commission (IRTC) began in 2018
and the findings of their work will be
released in a report in 2019.
In response to increased levels
of sexual violence on campus, we
have rolled out extensive training for
first responders, Survivor Support,
assessors and proctors. Over 60
subwardens received survivor
support training, 19 students were
trained in basic counselling, and
assessors and proctors have been
trained to oversee sexual harassment
and assault cases. First responders
are now equipped with skills to
respond effectively, efficiently and
with care to victims of sexual assault.
Our Specialised Tribunal for Sexual
Violence is operational to deal with
staff–staff or staff–student cases.
The OIC’s office provides mediation
counselling rooms and doubles as
an emergency overnight bedsit for
survivors of sexual violence.
Our work to empower student
success included mental health
advocacy, and in a process led by the
OIC, the mental health policy was
adopted by Council. Additional work


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