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Government could have more influence over UCT council

The University of Cape Town is mulling a proposal to increase the number of governing council members who are chosen by the national government.

UCT registrar Royston Pillay announced the proposed changes to the university’s statutes in a circular to staff on 27 June. Pillay said the changes were recommended by a council task team.

The proposal seeks to increase council members appointed by the national minister of higher education, science and technology from three to five. The South African Higher Education Act stipulates that university councils must have 30 members, with a maximum of five appointed by the minister.

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