Fossil Free UCT campaign submits testimony on divestment to the UCT Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission

The aims of the UCT Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) include making ‘recommendations on institutional culture, transformation, decolonisation, discrimination, identity, disability and any other matters that the university community has raised over the past 18 months, or may wish to raise in the future.’ In the light of this mandate of the IRTC, we …

Coal, oil and gas investments to be phased out, UCT Convocation votes

https://youtu.be/v56v5HwAHic 2 Mar 2017, Cape Town: On Tuesday 28 February, the Convocation of the University of Cape Town overwhelmingly passed a non-binding motion – read the minutes of the meeting (pdf) – for the university to rid itself of all investments in fossil fuels within five years. Should the university council agree to this motion, it would …

UCT Chancellor Graça Machel on climate change

UCT Chancellor Graça Machel's speech on climate change at the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit last week (23 September 2014). Available on video here, starting at about minute 14. Your excellency the General Secretary of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly, Presidents, Prime Ministers and leaders from all corners of our globe …

Letter to UCT requesting details of investments, mandates, etc

Dr Max Price – Vice-Chancellor CC: Prof Crain Soudien – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation and Social Responsiveness CC: Prof Enrico Uliana – Director of Finance CC: Peter Grant CC: Prof Mark New – Pro-Vice-Chancellor: ACDI CC: Hugh Amoore – Registrar 30 September 2014 Dear Dr Price Working together on UCT’s investment strategy Thanks again for your …

Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports call for University of Cape Town to divest from fossil fuels

It is the world’s wealthiest countries and people who have benefited most from the use of fossil fuels, and have contributed most to global warming. It is time we took full responsibility for our past actions. People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. I ask UCT to examine urgently the extent of your investments in fossil fuel companies and to make a strong commitment to phasing them out as soon as possible.