R. E. Van der Ross (1921–2017)

Author of Myths and attitudes: An inside look at the coloured people

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In 1965 he was approached to become the first editor of the Cape Herald. Soon after, he became the first Coloured person to occupy a state position when he was appointed as the Assistant Planner of Education at the Department of Coloured Affairs. Following this, Professor van der Ross became an inspector of Education. He became the rector of the University of the Western Cape in 1975 and wanted the campus to reflect the ideals of the broader community, which motivated the universtity’s slogan: “the university of the worker’s class”. [iii] Given his contribution as a writer, politician, journalist and thinker, Professor Van der Ross can easily be considered a prominent and influential South African author and scholar.
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