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PPrior to 1994, the University of Cape Town was regarded by the authorities as a place of radicals because of students’ sustained opposition to the apartheid policies applied to institutions of higher learning. It’s therefore not a surprise that the “Rhodes Must Fall” movement started here, eventually giving rise to the national “Fees Must Fall” protests, where students demanded free university education.
You can’t miss it – drive along the M3 in Cape Town and you’ll notice stunning ivy-clad buildings, long lawns, and playing fields, all set dramatically against the mountain. UCT is one of the country's oldest universities and a leading higher education institute in South Africa.
IIn 1829, the South African College Schools (SACS), a school for boys was built. Then between 1880 and 1900, the Gold Rush happened and the college developed into a university where engineers and academics could be trained (SACS is now in Newlands).