Mendi Lab



About SS Mendi Lab:

The Mendi Lab was named after the SS Mendi, a ship which, during the heat of the First World War, collided with the SS Darro in the English Channel about 10 miles from the Isle of Wight.  The tragedy claimed the lives of 647 men, and 607 of them were black South Africans. Among them were prominent royal figures like Pondoland chiefs Henry Bokleni and Dokoda Richard Ndamase as well as the distinguished Lovedale pioneer, Rev. Isaac William Wauchope. It has since become a custom for South Africans to commemorate this event every year.

Situated in the basement of the Beattie Building (BB12), and utilised by film and media production students. It is card accessible to the film and media production students.

Not only does the lab cater for production and media students, but film editing workshops are also run in collaboration with the UCT Film Society for aspirant video production students.


The lab is outfitted with 25 Mac Pros, equipped with the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon technology and Samsung 24 inch LCD monitors. Students have access to state-of-the-art software for video editing, design, motion graphics and animation.

Nashua print services is also available in this lab.


Final Cut Studio 2

  • Final Cut Pro 7
  • Soundtrack Pro   
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • Motion

Adobe CS4 Suite

  • After Effects
  • InDesign       
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks


Humanities Faculty has employed student tutors who are knowledgeable enough to help struggling students in the labs. These students are available in the labs when their services are needed.

Apart from the lab tutors a permanent employee who is a film and media specialist is available to provide professional help.

Operation Hours:

Term Time:

  • Monday to Friday : 08:00 AM to 16:00 PM


  • Open on Request

Public Holidays and Weekends:

  • Open on request

Mendi Lab timetable and booking