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Commemorating the Jagger Library fire: UCT, DStv launch ‘Stories from the Ashes’ project
Who can forget Sunday, 18 April 2021? It was a day of unspeakable tragedy as University of Cape Town (UCT) staff, students and the rest of Cape Town watched as a runaway wildfire gutted large parts of campus, including the beloved and historic Jagger Library.
20 Apr 2023
UCT researcher involved in paper that rewrites the history of horse domestication in North America
When a large international group of archaeological researchers were looking for the strontium isotope data, they required to link the ancient North American horse to the land, and they contacted the University of Cape Town (UCT). Combining DNA sequencing with radiogenic isotope analysis and indigenous knowledge, a paper recently published in Science rewrites the history of horse domestication in North America.
17 Apr 2023
New UCT-led consortium to tackle malaria drug resistance in South-East Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced the launch of the Mitigating Antimalarial Resistance Consortium in Southern and East Africa (MARC SE-Africa), which will tackle the growing crisis of drug resistant malaria. Over the next four years, MARC SE-Africa will receive almost 4.2 million euros from the European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.
14 Apr 2023
UCT, DStv to launch project on second anniversary of the April 2021 fire
On 18 April 2021, the University of Cape Town (UCT) lost its leading collection of African stories housed in the Jagger Library. Two years later, UCT has partnered with DStv to launch the Stories from the Ashes project, which will retell some of those lost stories and write new ones.
12 Apr 2023
UCT funding to support cost-effective manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in South Africa
The manufacturing and availability of medicines in sub-Saharan Africa will receive a major boost with the injection of R13 million to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Holistic Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D).
11 Apr 2023
Centre for Extra Mural Studies to host conversation with Jansen on corruption at universities
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Extra Mural Studies will host an In Conversation session with Distinguished Professor Jonathan Jansen and Emeritus Professor Anwar Mall on Wednesday, 3 May 2023.
11 Apr 2023
UCT retains excellence in the education of professional accountants
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has retained its excellence in the education of professional accountants through the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC) results announced on Friday, 31 March 2023. This came at the end of a week of celebrating excellence at the university’s graduation ceremonies.
06 Apr 2023
Special COVID-19 grants not only provided income relief – they also improved labour market outcomes
The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was the first in South Africa to target unemployed adults. Its main aim was to provide income support in a time of the crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. But for the first time, new research has shown that it also played a key role in improving labour market outcomes for recipients.
05 Apr 2023
Honorary doctorate to Ouma Katrina among highlights at UCT graduation ceremonies
The bestowing of honorary doctorates on Her Excellency ǂXuu Katrina Esau and Dr Debra Roberts was among the highlights when the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted 15 graduation ceremonies last week.
04 Apr 2023
Trailblazing study investigates human urine treatment to make liquid fertiliser
Getting across the line in only four years – and during a pandemic – takes a form of tenacity that’s been well worked in PhD graduate Caitlin Courtney. In the acknowledgements that preface her highly praised thesis on a novel human urine treatment to make liquid fertiliser, Caitlin names many whose support lit her way. And among them is a dog called Ralph.
03 Apr 2023
R2m partnership to strengthen capacity in cleft surgery for sub-Saharan Africa
About 4.6 million people in the world live with an unrepaired or inadequately repaired cleft, according to a 2022 study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the USA. These individuals are at risk of malnutrition, death from malnutrition, speech and language difficulties, and bullying and ostracisation.
03 Apr 2023
UCT to play key role to boost TB research and accelerate capacity development at Univen
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Holistic Drug Discovery and Development Unit (H3D) has announced a new partnership in which the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), through its Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) programme, will award a grant to the University of Venda (UNIVEN) chemistry department to boost local tuberculosis (TB) research. This will also accelerate capacity development at the university.
31 Mar 2023
Deborah Roberts gets honorary doctorate for her work on climate change
World-renowned climate change activist Dr Deborah Roberts has received a University of Cape Town (UCT) honorary doctorate to acknowledge her ongoing work to make the planet a better place.
30 Mar 2023
UCT study examines unconscious exclusion of the disabled in Muslim communities
Shaheed Moussa* attended Friday prayers regularly at his local mosque until he became a wheelchair user. After a series of incidents left him feeling dehumanised and invisible, he stopped participating in the afternoon congregational prayer.
30 Mar 2023
Groundbreaking PhD study shows normal breathing may be major contributor to TB spread
It has long been assumed that tuberculosis (TB) is spread through coughing, but new findings have shown that it may also be spread through normal breathing.
30 Mar 2023
March graduation season adds more lustre to UCT
The March 2023 graduation season does not only give the University of Cape Town (UCT) more reason to celebrate, but it also illuminates what has been a challenging past few months for the institution that is perched first in Africa on all five major university rankings.
27 Mar 2023
More than 5 400 graduands to be capped at UCT
Over 5 400 graduands will be capped when the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosts 15 graduation ceremonies from Monday, 27 March to Friday, 31 March 2023 at Sarah Baartman Hall.
24 Mar 2023
Legal challenges impede successful implementation of mobile money services in SA and Zim - study
Financial services are difficult to access for many poor people, especially foreigners, refugees and people living in remote areas and rural areas. They lack documentation such as pay slips, proof of residence and identity documents required by banks to open an account, a University of Cape Town (UCT) study has found.
23 Mar 2023