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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 16:15

Welcome all Humanities Students!    

UCT Faculty of Humanities is one of largest faculties at the University of Cape Town and a leading institution on the African continent. In making the decision to study here, you have chosen to be part a dynamic, creative and multicultural community where innovation and diversity are prioritized and where personal growth and intellectual stimulation are guaranteed.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 15:15

The Faculty of Humanities hosted a farewell event for outgoing Dean Professor Sakhela Buhlungu on 13 December 2016. He has left UCT to take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare, effective 1 February 2017.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:15

Professor Johann Louw will be one of 120 retirees of the University of Cape Town in 2016. He joined the University on 1 January 1988 and worked in the Department of Psychology. He will retire from the institution at the end of December following a stellar 28 year career in teaching. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 15:00

University of Cape Town NRF rated researcher Svea Josephy recently concluded a photographic exhibition on South African spaces and their connections to sites of conflict around the world. Humanities News spoke to her about the inspiration behind her recent work.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:30

Fourth year visual art student Matete Motubatse recieved the Gerard Sekoto Award at the 2016 Barclays L'Atelier art awards held in Johannesburg. His winning work titled ‘moya’ is in video format.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:15

A visit from the University Alcalá de Henares (Spain) choir has sparked new connections for students of Spanish language, at the University of Cape Town.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:30

UCT is taking another step in bridging the traditional divide between arts and commerce by introducing Information Systems as a major subject in the Faculty of Humanities. Information Systems is currently offered as a major in the institution’s Faculty of Commerce.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 12:15

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award by the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) of South Africa. These annual awards recognise the contribution of women in the fields of education, social entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Professor Phakeng is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Cape Town.


Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 15:30

During the June vacation, nine members of the UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra visited Mozambique. They were hosted by well-known musician, teacher and UCT alumnus Matchume Zango. The trip was part of a cultural learning exchange initiated by the students, made possible by South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the South African College of Music and through student fundraising efforts.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 15:15

Meg Rickard’s new gritty film ‘Tess’ is receiving rave reviews from the local and international film community. Adapted from Tracey Farren’s award winning novel ‘Whiplash’, the film tells the story of a 20-year old Muizenberg sex worker and drug addict whose life is turned upside down by an unexpected pregnancy and, sexual violence. Rickards is an award-winning South African filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cape Town.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 14:45

African music singer, songwriter and storyteller Latozi ‘Madosini’ Mpahleni wowed audiences at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus on Saturday, 23 July with her performance of traditional African music. Madosini, as she is more commonly known, uses ancient African musical instruments to promote a musical genre that is virtually extinct.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 14:30

UCT Department of Dance lecturer Lisa Wilson was one of four guest speakers at the 9th International Christian Dance Fellowship Conference, held at the University of Ghana in July. The conference takes place every three years, each time in a different country.  This was the first time it was held on African soil.