The UCT faculty of health sciences charter.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Human rights (Laws, regulations and rules)
Health care disparities (Analysis)
Health care disparities (Laws, regulations and rules)
College teachers (Standards)
Education (Standards)
Education (Evaluation)
Pub Date: 06/01/2012
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: June, 2012 Source Volume: 102 Source Issue: 6
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime; 350 Product standards, safety, & recalls Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 9103550 Human Rights NAICS Code: 92812 International Affairs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: South Africa Geographic Code: 6SOUT South Africa
Accession Number: 293812513
Full Text: The Faculty adopted a Faculty Charter on 9 May 2002 as par of a process of recognising past discrimination, and instituting a reconciliation process. The Charter serves as a guide to much of the transformation work undertaken in the Faculty, and is intended to indicate the inclusiveness of the academic and social environment we hope to foster, where all individuals are able to realise their potential in the Faculty.


Post-apartheid South Africa is emerging from decades of systematic discrimination that affected every aspect of society, including the health sector, resulting in profound inequities in health status in the population. Central to the reconstruction of South African society is the need to develop a culture of human rights based on respect for human dignity and non-discrimination.

Although there were significant attempts by staff, students and the institution to resist apartheid injustices, UCT was not immune to the racist, sexist, and other discriminatory practices and values that typified society under apartheid. As UC grapples with transformation, we remain with the legacy of these discriminatory practices.

To overcome this legacy of apartheid and other forms of discrimination, UCT Health Sciences Faculty is producing this Charter as a basis for transformation of the institutional culture of the faculty to ensure that students and staff have access to an environment where they are able to realise their full potential and become active participants in the academic life of the Faculty.



The Faculty will not tolerate any form of negative discrimination and will uphold the university's policy on non-discrimination.

Supportive culture

The Faculty will foster a supportive culture, where diversity and difference is respected, in order to encourage students and staff to reach their full potential in their activities of learning, working, teaching, research and service in the Faculty.

Capacity building

The Faculty will strive to develop the skills of its employees and help to build the skills base of South Africans, in particular formerly disadvantaged South Africans, through various strategies at its disposal.

Employment equity

The Faculty will strive to attract and retain talented black professionals by recognising their abilities, affirming their skills and ensuring an environment that is welcoming and supportive.

Facilitation of learning

The Faculty will strive to uphold and encourage the highest standards of teaching, and strive to create an atmosphere conducive to learning for all students.


The Faculty will strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of research and ensure that research seeks to benefit the South African community.


The Faculty will strive to ensure that students and staff uphold the highest standards of service to the community, including commitments to ethical principles and human rights.


The Faculty will strive to consult with staff and students on major policy changes that affect them that may be undertaken by the Faculty and seek to entrench transparency in its workings.

Monitoring and evaluation

The Faculty will endeavour to annually review its performance in the light of this Charter.

Community participation

The Faculty will strive to ensure participation of the community in decisions in the spirit of the Primary Health Care Approach adopted by the Faculty as its lead theme.
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