Human Rights Day in South Africa is marked on 21 March, commemorating when 69 people died and 180 people were wounded when police fired on a crowd protesting against pass laws in Sharpeville in 1960. On this date South Africans are reminded of their rights, and the sacrifices made to entrench those rights. South Africa’s Bill of Rights is found in chapter 2 of the Constitution. For a copy of the Constitution: http://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/constitution/saconstitution-web-eng.pdf
International support for South African higher education institutions (HEIs) has shifted markedly since the country rejoined the international community in 1994, says Ghaleeb Jeppie, Chief Director: International Relations, Department of Higher Education and Training.
At the recent Inyathelo Leadership Retreat (Cape Town, 21-23 January) there was critical comment and reflection on funding opportunities using the ASPIHE Report as a foundation. This is an annual survey on philanthropy in higher education that has proven to offer valuable insights – previously, information was sparse and scattered.
Guests at the Inyathelo Leadership Retreat dinner on 21 January were treated to a great performance by the University of the Western Cape creative arts choir, led by music director Sibusiso Njeza. This renowned choir has won numerous accolades, including the Western Cape Choral Music Competition, and on many successive years, the South African Tertiary Institutions Choral Association competition.
Local and international leaders in Higher Education are marking the completion of a 13-year, US$22,4 million capacity-building programme that has boosted the sustainability of many South African universities and contributed to new university infrastructure, staff, student and research funding, and bursaries.