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Visiting United States law Professor Davis to deliver talk on
The Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town will host US law Professor Angela J Davis, who is an expert in prosecutorial power and racism in the US criminal justice system, on 1 March.
27 Feb 2018
Better access to research is vital to advance healthcare in Africa, UCT study finds
Researchers from the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town found that 1 in 6 African emergency care publications are inaccessible outside institutional library subscriptions and therefore not accessible to African researchers.
26 Feb 2018
Small plastic pollution on South African beaches comes from local sources - UCT study
A study of the small plastic fragments on South Africa's beaches repeated every 10 years since the mid-1990s has found that most plastic pollution derives from local sources. This is important, because it means that we cannot blame distant nations with much larger plastic industries for the poor state of many of our beaches and adjacent coastal waters.
26 Feb 2018
UCT civil engineering student wins top national award for water project on waterless urinals
With Cape Town experiencing the worst drought in over a century and facing the possibility of Day Zero, a University of Cape Town (UCT) Civil Engineering graduate has won a prestigious award for a project on waterless urinals.
21 Feb 2018
Results from innovative tuberculosis vaccine trial show potential for new revaccination strategies
Scientists from the University of Cape Town's South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation will present the findings of an innovative clinical trial that provides encouraging new evidence that TB vaccines could prevent sustained TB infections in high-risk adolescents.
20 Feb 2018
UCT research group notes shortcomings in the National Minimum Wage Bill
The Department of Labour is considering one of the biggest changes to South Africa's labour laws since 1995 by, amongst other things, introducing a National Minimum Wage (NMW). The NMW Bill will set a wage of at least R20 for workers across all sectors of the economy subject to lower wages in the domestic and farming sectors.
19 Feb 2018
UCT and Eskom partnership brings change in the energy sector
A new research group, the Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), is building on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Eskom to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world experience and solutions to some of the challenges facing ageing energy infrastructure in South Africa.
19 Feb 2018
UCT study to uncover why brains seize
Over the past 5 years, a University of Cape Town (UCT) scientist has been able to establish the necessary local technology to study the function of individual brain cells which aims to uncover why brains seize - resulting in the development of epileptic seizures.
15 Feb 2018
UCT scientists drive genomics research in tackling diseases endemic to Africa
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Hearing Impairment Genetics Studies in Africa has been awarded grant funding by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for cutting-edge research. The research offers the potential to identify genes that cause non-syndromic hearing loss - loss of hearing that is not associated with other signs and symptoms.
13 Feb 2018
Invitation: UCT hosts open lecture on Cape Town water crisis
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Future Water Institute, will host an open lecture by Dr Kevin Winter on Monday, 12 February. The lecture is titled:
12 Feb 2018
UCT helps public schools to improve the quality of education in South Africa
In South Africa many low and no-fee public schools are poorly equipped for the challenge of educating children affected by hunger, poverty, violence or ill-health. To ensure quality education for these learners, schools need to improve their skills in leading and sustaining partnerships with social purpose organisations and governments.
12 Feb 2018
UCT leading programme to reduce child death rates in Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT)'s African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) is addressing the paediatric medical skills shortage in Africa to prevent treatable diseases and infections responsible for the deaths of these children.
08 Feb 2018
UCT update on student accommodation
The University of Cape Town has had approximately 86% of students with accommodation offers placed at residences on campus as at Tuesday, 6 February 2018. The university is, at this stage, aware of only 80 students who were made accommodation offers but were yet to be placed.
07 Feb 2018