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Special Collections


Operating Hours

Mon. - Fri 

8H20 - 16h30

After hours assistance at circulation desk on level 5

Mandela Legacy Lecture


Nelson Mandela Legacy Lecture

SAERA 2022

Prof Salim Vally

Mandela, Education and the Indignity of These Times

Date:     22 September 2022

Time:     17h00 - 18h30

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Human Rights Day  -  March 21, 2023

South Africa. South Africa Human Rights Day, commemorated annually on 21 March is an important national day that urges South African citizens to remember the struggles and sacrifices paid for the attainment of democracy and the protection of human rights in the country.


The mission of Special Collections is to support UWC in fulfilling its research, teaching and learning goals by collecting, preserving and making accessible primary resource material of unique and enduring research value to graduates, faculty and other researchers.

UWC Special Collections focus on the history of or activities within the Western Cape including works dealing with Cape Flats, San and District Six as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. Items outside of the focus area maybe included on condition that the item complements or adds value to books already in the collection.

The collection holds a valuable assortment of books and pamphlets, which are a mine of information for researchers in particular South African socio-political history areas. Regular evaluation ensures the collections remain aligned with changes in focus or priorities of the University and its research community.



Reference Services: Special Collections staff provide reference services at the reference desk on Level 12, assisting users by answering questions on the holdings and identifying and locating material of interest. Orientation includes general information about the collection and how to use it effectively.

Photocopying: All photocopying of material is subject to copyright regulations. A photocopy machine is available on level 12.


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Tel: 021 959 2946