When Jacob Zuma goes, what will be left behind? In a Winter School lecture, Ralph Mathekga sketches the scenarios of Zuma’s going, and its impact.
Attend single lectures at Winter School
If you're too busy to attend a full course at our August Winter School, why not attend single lectures on an ad hoc basis,paying R100 or R50 (if you qualify for a reduced fee) at the door? Topics covered range from Shakespeare plays to the history...
Henry Morton Stanley
By charting the Congo River, H.M. Stanley uncovered an economic rationale for Europeans to colonise Africa. Tim Butcher examines the journey that fired the starting gun for The Scramble for Africa. Saturday 5 August 4.00–6.00 pm. COURSE FEES...
Learn how to identify trees at Winter School
How can tree identification be made easier for ordinary people who do not have access to flowers and microscopes, tree DNA and/or herbaria? Professor Eugene Moll shares some tips and tricks.
Dylan and Cohen
World's best songwriters unpacked
Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan tower over most singer/songwriters and have created very partisan followers. Associate Professor Lesley Marx is not concerned with value judgements, but to explore what Cohen and Dylan share, notably the wide range of...


Thursday, 21 September 2017
South Africa needs a sensible debate about its Reserve Bank. Here’s a start

Debates on monetary policy in South Africa over the last couple of decades seem to have come from a madhouse. First, in the 1990s the country had old discredited Washington Consensus policies rammed down its throat. And then recently the country’s Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane released a report that made sweeping populist recommendations about the South Africa Reserve Bank.

Publication Date:
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 09:45
Recording angels of a tragically divided society

The Times Literary Supplement has hailed Professor Andrew Banks's new book, Pioneers of the Field: South Africa's Women Anthropologists, for evoking 'that remarkable cohort with insight and empathy: career women in a patriarchal world, social critics in a conservative setting, liberals among racists, recording angels of a tragically divided society.' Professor Banks will share his research at Winter School 2017.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:30
Birds, binoculars and biodiversity

Winter School lecturer and ornithologist Professor Peter Ryan leads a field at UCT that was recently ranked third in the world.  “I think most good ornithologists start out as kids,” Ryan told UCT News in an interview published today.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 16:15
Dark Matter an artist's impression
School's in for the winter

Much like UCT’S popular Summer School, the inaugural Winter School aims to open up the wealth of knowledge housed within the university to as wide an audience as possible.

This new public education programme from the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) caters to a variety of interests – all the way from literature to finance – in over 40 lectures between 5 and 12 August.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 16:00