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UCT community submit proposals over renaming of buildings

The issue was highlighted last year amid debate around the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue on campus.

Students cheering as the statue of Cecil John Rhodes is being removed from the University of Cape Town on 9 April 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A University of Cape Town (UCT) task team dealing with the renaming of buildings and spaces has started accepting proposals.

The issue was highlighted last year amid debate around the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue on campus.

The task team was established last year.

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UCT will be renaming several of its buildings and spaces over the next few months.

In a statement, UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price says students, staff, alumni and the broader UCT community will have a say on whether certain names should be changed or remain.

They can also suggest alternative names.

Price says the Jameson Memorial Hall will be the first building to be considered.

Submissions for the renaming of the hall will be allowed until 15 April.

Members of the UCT community can nominate other buildings and spaces before the end of May.

Recommendations will then be submitted to the naming of buildings committee, for recommendation to council.