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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education calls for investigations into Cape Town fires.


Article by: Dumisane Dube.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education has called for a thorough investigation into the latest fires which caused some serious damage to several buildings at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology, Philly Mapulane, stated that he has noted with regret the blazing fire that has damaged the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) buildings, including Rhodes Memorial library and a building that accommodates students, which leaves about 4000 students without accommodation.

 “We are calling upon the City of Cape Town’s fire fighters and other fire-fighting authorities to do their level best in extinguishing the fire. The committee further calls on society to lend a helping hand and provide assistance in the form of food and other support to the university and to students during this difficult time.” stated Mapulane.

According to the university’s spokesperson, the fire has also destroyed a building where archives were kept. The 200-year-old Jagger Library which holds some important original source academic material has been affected.

“The fire not only damaged property, but has also grossly affected the university’s 2021 academic programme, our thoughts are particularly with the 4000 displaced students at this trying times” said Mapulane.

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