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By Sonya Bell
Nobel peace laureate and retired archbishop Desmond Tutu opened the curtain - three times - for a crowd gathered at the launch of the University of the Western Cape's new School of Public Health building and Masters programme.
The Chancellor of the university, Tutu said that this was part of an "incredible turnaround" that UWC has undergone since it began as a second-rate institution for coloureds under the apartheid regime.
"We don't have as much money as the older universities, but we're getting there," he smiled. "Look at this."
Tutu, a Nobel Peace laureate, then toi-toied outside the state of the art building that will be the epicentre of the UWC School of Health.
The university has shown itself to be a leader in health training, striving to improve the health of all South Africans, said Phuong Le(cor) of Atlantic Philanthropies, which funded the new building.
"We're very happy and very proud to partner with the university of something that we see as essential to teaching and research in public health," he said.