Simphiwe Nolutshungu, a lecturer in the Department of African Languages and Literatures, has been awarded the Poetry Award by the South African Literary Awards (SALA) for his book, Iingcango Zentliziyo. His book has been hailed by judges as a moving collection of isiXhosa poetry.
Associate Professor Abner Nyamende and Dr Zukile Jama have been appointed to serve as members of the Pan South African Language Board. Professor Nyamende currently heads the African Languages section of the UCT School of Languages and Literatures and Dr Jama is the Xhosa Communication for Health Sciences Lecturer in the MBChB and Rehabilitation Sciences programmes.
An Opera documentary titled Ndiphilela Ukucula(‘I Live To Sing’) has been awarded an Emmy in the category Best Arts Program at the 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony. UCT Opera School students Linda Nteleza, Makudupanyane Senaoana and Thesele Kemane are featured in the 2013 movie, directed by Documentary Filmmaker Julie Cohen.
This year, the Humanities Central Technology Unit (CTU) earmarked a total of ten computers for donation to disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape. All of the desktop computers were installed with Open Office software. Eight were distributed to schools in February and the remainder were delivered to Marsh Memorial Home on Friday, the 3rd of May.
To kick-start 2013, the faculty has unveiled a new multipurpose space in the Robert Leslie Social Science Building. The modern suite, occupying almost half of the sixth floor in the east wing of the building, was created exclusively for Humanities postgraduate students in Political Studies, Sociology, Religious Studies and Social Development.
Emeritus Professor Richard Whitaker's The Iliad of Homer: A Southern African Translation (Cape Town 2012) has recently been published. The translation, which took ten years to complete, aims to make Homer's classic poem of the Trojan War more accessible to local readers, through using an English that acknowledges the influence of other South African languages.
After submitting her thesis, Psychology Masters student Inge Wessels has jetted off to Geneva, Switzerland to fulfil an eight-week internship with the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
A group of UCT Opera students have been invited to participate in the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival, taking place in Cooperstown, New York State. The group will leave on 26 June to spend three months studying and performing in New York.