Media release

Government celebrates Fort Hare Centenary

05 May 2016

5 May 2016

Government will celebrate the University of Fort Hare Centenary on 20th May at Alice in the Eastern Cape. The celebration will acknowledge the role the university has played in educating Africans. It will celebrate the values and traditions that made the university to be Africa’s most respected institution of higher learning.

Government also acknowledges that since 1994 one of the most significant achievements in the Higher Education sector has been to create a unified education system.

Acting Director General of GCIS, Donald Liphoko says, “the centenary is a reminder that all higher education institutions must be an extension of our nation’s core values of non‐racialism and non‐sexism.”

The event in May will coincide with Africa Month to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity presently known as the Africa Union under the theme, “Building a Better Africa and Better World.” The AU aims to promote greater unity and solidarity between African countries. It seeks to accelerate the political and socio-economic integration of Africa.

Government calls on Fort Hare University Alumni and members of the public to share their Fort Hare stories for the Tell Your Story campaign using the hashtag #MyFortHare.  Alumni and members of the public can join the #MyFortHare Tell Your Story campaign by emailing pictures, videos and audio to

Government has begun telling the Fort Hare story on the following platforms: Youtube on the channel GovZA, twitter on @GovernmentZA and on the webpage: since 19 April 2016.
A number of activities will take place throughout the year to mark the centenary celebrations. To keep abreast with these activities follow at @GCISMedia @SAGovNews.

Donald Liphoko (Acting Director General of GCIS)
Cell: 082 901 0766

Issued by Government Communications and Information System

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