Statement on the fire at the University of Cape Town (Jagger Library) on the 18th April 2021

SCOLMA is saddened to hear of the damage caused to the Jagger Library and its collections by the fire which broke out on Table Mountain last weekend.  The Library and its preeminent collections have been used by students and researchers for generations, and have contributed to learning and leading scholarly research on Africa.

SCOLMA hopes to learn more on how we can help our colleagues at UCT to recover from this tragedy.

Please see this Nature Briefing which includes a call for photos and digital scans of the library’s collections: ‘The damage is total’: fire rips through historic South African library and plant collection

News on a fundraising initiative at the University has been announced here: Fire affecting the Rondebosch campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT)


SCOLMA Committee – 23rd April 2021

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