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‘The reading room was a space for solace, knowledge and inspiration’: academics mourn hallowed UCT library

Scholars and academics lament the loss to fire of a space that gave them ‘inspiration, knowledge and solace’

Senior science reporter

In Aviwe Ndyaluvane’s mind, she sees herself standing in front of the burnt out African Studies Library at UCT at a vigil, candle in hand and tears rolling down her cheeks.

In reality, it’s a no-go zone — a shell of a once-beautiful building that is still cooling off after being gutted by a fire that raged through parts of the UCT campus and surrounding mountains on Sunday afternoon and into Monday.

Ndyaluvane completed her masters at the university, and now tutors students enrolled in the extended degree programme which provides more time and support to complete one’s studies...

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