University of Cape Town: Minister Nzimande pledges help to UCT library, students after fire

University of Cape Town: Minister Nzimande pledges help to UCT library, students after fire. “Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande has pledged help from his department’s flagship funding agencies, the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), to digitise and restore the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) library assets. This follows the 18 April fire that destroyed Jagger Reading Room and damaged other buildings. Dr Nzimande also promised to assist students whose research had been disrupted by the fire.”

South Africa: Drones Deployed to Assess Cape Fire Losses (AllAfrica)

AllAfrica: South Africa: Drones Deployed to Assess Cape Fire Losses. “INSURANCE companies are deploying drones to inspect and quantify fire damage at the University of Cape Town (UCT). They have sought the assistance of leading legal operator, UAV Industries, a UCT alumni owned and managed company, to inspect the total value of the loss. Commercial drone pilots are conducting a 3D survey of all damaged structures using HD and thermal photogrammetry, an application whereby drones capture a large number of high-resolution photos over a specific area.”

IOL: Significant archives may have been lost in Cape Town’s fire. Why they matter so much

IOL: Significant archives may have been lost in Cape Town’s fire. Why they matter so much. “A wildfire on the slopes of Table Mountain has wreaked havoc at the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus. Among the sites of historical significance that have been damaged is the Jagger Library. The library houses rare and specialist collections, such as the important African Studies collections. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked UCT academic Shannon Morreira to share her insights on what the loss means for the historical records held by the university.”

University of Cape Town: Recognising the loss of the Jagger Reading Room

University of Cape Town: Recognising the loss of the Jagger Reading Room. “The fire destroyed the Jagger Reading Room, gutting its roof and destroying the galleries, adjacent stores and offices. The team at UCT Libraries can confirm the archival and published print collections kept within the Reading Room were consumed by the flames. These include the vast majority of the African Studies Published Print Collection (approximately 70 000 items), the entire African Studies Film Collection on DVD (approximately 3 500), all the UCT university calendars, some of the heavily used Government Publications documents from South Africa and across the continent, and manuscripts and archives kept in the Reading Room for processing or digitisation or awaiting transfer after being digitised.”

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control. “Ujala Satgoor, executive director of UCT Libraries, described how ‘some of us watched, from on-site, with horror and helplessness’ as the building burned…. The library houses printed and audiovisual materials on African studies; 1,300 sub-collections of unique manuscripts and personal papers; and more than 85,000 books and pamphlets on African studies, including up-to-date materials and works on Africa and South Africa printed before 1925, according to the UCT website.”