year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 49



2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | TRANSFORMATION
“THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP
IN THE ONGOING SYMBOLIC
TRANSFORMATION OF THE
UNIVERSITY. IN THIS WAY WE WANT
TO HOLD HER MEMORY AND
RESTORE TO HER NAME THE DIGNITY
THAT WAS SO BRUTALLY TAKEN
FROM HER IN THE 19TH CENTURY.”
VICE-CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR
MAMOKGETHI PHAKENG AT A MEDIA
CONFERENCE IN DECEMBER.
the university. In this way we want to
hold her memory and restore to her
name the dignity that was so brutally
taken from her in the 19th century,”
said Vice-Chancellor Professor
Mamokgethi Phakeng at a media
conference in December.
UCT’s Works of Art Committee
(WOAC) 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
– where it was robed by students
determined to restore her dignity.
a university building, is a way to
acknowledge that history in a
meaningful way that adequately pays
homage to the lives lost through
slavery.
“This is an important step in the
ongoing symbolic transformation of
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