Khusela Ikamva – “Secure the Future”

In 2020 the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, put out a call to the UCT community to submit proposals for collaborative, cross disciplinary five-year research proposals that would help catalyse UCT’s intent to become a sustainable campus, which is a key pillar of UCT’s Vision 2030. There were multiple respondents to this call, of which the selection committee chose four proposals which were then combined into one larger project team to form the “Khusela Ikamva” Sustainable Campus project, meaning “Secure the future”.

The aim of the project is to catalyse the transformation of UCT into a sustainable campus by establishing a community of practice informed by:

  • leading research that incorporates UCT stakeholders from all spheres (students, academic and PASS staff)
  • extensive and inclusive engagement with the university community
  • exemplar Living Lab interventions on campus, that serve as a proof-of-concept

The project will consider environmental, financial and social impacts associated with five core themes in the UCT campus context, namely energy/carbon, water, waste, wildlife and social responsiveness. The project aims to support and build on UCT’s environmental sustainability strategy and will include research to determine the feasibility of particular elements. Certain solutions will be developed into a proof-of-concept to be tested on campus, in targeted areas on campus, through a Living Lab approach. The project will thereby become a key enabler to transform the institutional fabric of UCT to become a more sustainable campus, through not only the physical fabric of the campus but also through the fabric that is the campus community.

The project focuses on these key themes, each with a dedicated research leader and team located in a UCT research institution, collaborating together:

  • energy/carbon footprint – Harro von Blottnitz (ESRG)
  • sustainable water – Kirsty Carden (Future Water)
  • waste/energy/food nexus – Thanos Kotsiopoulos (CeBER)
  • wildlife/waste/art nexus – Nicoli Nattrass (iCWild)
  • establishing a community of practice/social responsiveness – Britta Rennkamp (ACDI)

The work is coordinated by the Director for Environmental Sustainability in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, with support services from the Research Office, including a governance committee that will track the progress of the project over the course of this five-year project (2021 to 2026).


The project was awarded R10 million over five years, R2 million per annum and includes several postgraduate research opportunities. It is the hope and intention that the project grows and continues beyond the five years, that it attracts additional funding and research opportunities. The project will also act as a vortex to draw in other existing and new research that will grow UCT’s current sustainability related work.

For more information about this project contact the Director: Environmental Sustainability.

UCT prioritises sustainability through ‘Khusela Ikamva’ project
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#Unleash the best in you!

UCT VC encourages staff to be Vision 2030 ambassadors
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I want to remind you that at the very heart of UCT’s Vision 2030 strategy is its massive transformative purpose: unleashing human potential to create a fair and just society. We need to harness disruption, break down silos and pursue deep-rooted transformation.

As a small token of our appreciation, you are invited to collect an exclusive UCT Vision 2030 T-shirt between 08:00 and 16:00 inside the Protea Bookstore on upper campus. We have different sizes and styles to suit your preference, but stocks are limited.

What you need to know about the T-shirt distribution campaign

What: UCT Vision 2030 limited-edition staff T-shirt

When: Monday, 23 May to Friday, 27 May 2022

Time: 08:00 to 16:00

Where: Protea Bookshop, Chemistry Lane, Steve Biko Building, Upper Campus, Rondebosch


  • A valid UCT Staff card is required to confirm eligibility.
  • Stocks and sizes are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Get there early to ensure that you get your preferred size and style.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, fittings and / or exchanges will regrettably not be allowed. Stocks and sizes are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Strictly, collection only unless otherwise arranged by your faculty or department.
  • Collections are done via walk-in policy. However, pre-bookings may be made directly with the Protea bookshop if preferred.
  • Staff will be required to sign for collection.
  • Staff must adhere to COVID-19 compliance requirements while on campus.

Contact details:

UCT Contact Person: Colleen Jeftha
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Protea Contact Person: Zakie Salie
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