Communication & marketing

Events & conferences

Event cateringThe events management unit is responsible for managing all major UCT corporate events, especially those hosted in the names of the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor. These are planned events that have been agreed to and signed off by the Vice-Chancellor and the university executive.

All conferences held at the university must be formally approved by Senate and sponsored by a UCT faculty, department or unit. Please review our events and visitor guideline documents on how to host a conference at the University of Cape Town.

How to apply to hold a conference, seminar or workshop at UCT

  • You may print this form or obtain forms for approval from the Head: Institutional Events.
  • The form may be completed electronically, signed by the head of department and returned to the Manager: Events & Public Relations.
  • The Manager: Events & Public Relations will request the necessary approval from Senate and you will be advised of the outcome.
  • The Manager: Events & Public Relations will then be able to assist you in an advisory capacity. For conference management assistance please see details below.

Contact us

Institutional Events
Tel: 021 650 3730

For all PR, Diplomatic & VIP Events:

Colleen Jeftha, Public Relations & Protocol Officer
Tel: 021 650 5160

Events at UCT

Conference Management Centre

If you are planning a conference, symposium or workshop and need help with the organisation, you can contact the Conference Management Centre.

Deidre Raubenheimer
Tel: 27 21 406 6167
Fax: 27 21 448 6263

You can also visit their website.

UCT Breakwater Lodge

Breakwater LodgeFrom its Portswood Ridge vantage point, UCT Breakwater Lodge conference facilities command a birds-eye view of the restored harbour and forms part of the Breakwater Campus of UCT's Graduate School of Business.


conference centreThe function venues are technologically advanced & equipped with modern state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. Venues can cater up to 220 delegates with wireless hotspots throughout the building and secure parking is available.

Tel: 021 406 1911 for more information on this facility.