New chair in the UCT hot seat

It’s a challenging time for the University of Cape Town, what with Covid changing education models and the faculty rocked by allegations of a culture of bullying, but the new chair of the council has known from an early age how to brave all manner of obstacles, writes Claire Keeton

06 September 2020 - 00:00 By Claire Keeton

Babalwa Ngonyama took the helm of the University of Cape Town council at a time when Covid-19 had shut down its ivy-draped campus and turbulence about the university’s vice-chancellor was roiling senior faculty.

But uncertainty doesn’t intimidate UCT’s first female chair of the council in a century, whose clear-eyed determination is needed to steer the university through external and internal storms...

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