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UCT students finding ways to revolutionise SA health sector
Under the Futures in Health Accelerator Project, led by the University of Cape Town's Surgical Society (SurgSoc), students from across faculties joined forces to develop futuristic ways in which to improve healthcare in the country.
11 Nov 2019
UCT providing healing through science in an unprecedented transformational process
An interdisciplinary team of academics from the University of Cape Town and two international institutions has conducted a series of scientific studies on the remains of nine people from Sutherland to uncover a range of findings in an unprecedented moment through which science is used for restorative justice.
04 Nov 2019
Media conference: UCT providing redress through science
In 2018, the University of Cape Town announced that it had 11 skeletons in its human remains collection that were found to have been unethically obtained by the institution in the 1920s. Nine of these individuals were brought to UCT in the 1920s from Sutherland in the Northern Cape. UCT commenced a restitution process for the nine sacred remains.
01 Nov 2019
UCT Vice-Chancellor wishes class of 2019 matriculants well for their exams
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has wished the class of 2019 matriculants well for their examinations. This year, 790 405 matriculants will sit for their exams, which started today.
23 Oct 2019
Harnessing Africa's potential to develop medicines for its people
Africa makes up 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden yet the discovery and development of medicines that end up in Africa has historically only happened in the global North. It is time for the situation to change, says Professor Kelly Chibale, the director and founder of the University of Cape Town's Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.
17 Oct 2019
A study in African women sheds new light on barriers to a cure for HIV
An international, collaborative study led by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers has revealed an unexpected finding that could lead to better therapies towards reducing the HIV reservoir, a major barrier to developing a cure for HIV. The reservoir consists of viral DNA that survives hidden in the body even after indefinite treatment with antiretrovirals.
15 Oct 2019
Long-term success rates for kidney transplants between HIV positive donor and recipient
South Africa has one of the highest incidences of people living with HIV in the world with over seven million people living with the disease. Thus, a new study which has found that survival rates between an HIV positive donor and an HIV positive recipient shows long-term success is positive news for the country.
07 Oct 2019
Most plastic dumped at sea doesn't come from land-based sources, UCT study finds
New research led by the University of Cape Town has cast doubt on the widely held assumption that most marine plastic comes from land-based sources, but rather that a significant proportion come from ships dumping their litter at sea in contravention of international law.
02 Oct 2019
UCT academics appointed to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council
Two University of Cape Town academics are looking forward to contributing to South Africa's economic growth following their appointment to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC).
29 Sep 2019
UCT academics promote women in science at international event
Soapbox Science - a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do - will come to South Africa for the first time this month. The Pierhead at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will be transformed into an arena for learning and debate, engaging people from all walks of life with some of the South Africa's most ground-breaking scientific research on 28 September 2019.
27 Sep 2019
African scientists contribute in efforts to reduce Africa's high disease burden
The World Bank estimates that Africa's disease burden stands at 25% of the global figure. In efforts to reduce this burden, up to 300 African scientists are converging in Accra, Ghana, this week. They will map out progress of a multi-million, multi-country and multi-year genomic research programme to increase understanding of how human genes and the environment are contributing to Africa's increased susceptibility to disease.
26 Sep 2019
UCT student entrepreneurs top in South Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been named the winning university in the 2019 Entrepreneurship Intervarsity, thanks largely to three innovative students whose out-of-the-box business ideas bowled the judges over at the competition finals this past week.
26 Sep 2019
UCT researcher reviving the history of great African composers
Internationally recognised cellist, composer and University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher, Dr Thokozani Mhlambi, has shed light on a rich history of great African composers which he hopes will spark a revival in music that has been hidden for years.
25 Sep 2019
UCT collaborates with global organisation on International Day of Peace
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is collaborating with PeaceCast.TV - an online media channel airing humanitarian and peace-related videos from people and organisations worldwide - to celebrate International Day of Peace.
18 Sep 2019
mGenAfrica partners with education department to host matric provincial competition promoting science and technology
mGenAfrica, a University of Cape Town (UCT) platform which promotes engagement between high school learners and research staff working in genomics and other health research fields across Africa, will host a provincial competition for Grade 12 learners to promote science and technology this weekend.
13 Sep 2019
Seminar: Spotlight on violence: what do SA's crime statistics say?
High levels of violence and poor governance threaten South Africa's prospects. Public anxiety has been heightened by recent high-profile incidents such as the rape and murder of University of Cape Town (UCT) student Uyinene Mrwetyana, mob attacks on foreign nationals, and the deployment of the military to support police on the Cape Flats.
11 Sep 2019
UCT concerned over disruptions by group of non-employees
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is deeply concerned about a group of people (not staff of the university) who are disrupting classes and interfering in UCT's operations.
11 Sep 2019
UCT professor to be honoured with prestigious award by Emperor of Japan at special ceremony
University of Cape Town (UCT) applied mathematician and fisheries scientist Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth will be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sustainable management of the country's fisheries, in particular southern bluefin tuna, one of the world's most valuable fisheries.
10 Sep 2019