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Arts project appreciates Macassar and its people
A project aimed at changing the tarnished image of the community of Macassar township near Somerset West, as being home only to crime, poverty and other social ills is reaping fruits after a collaboration between the University of Cape Town's (UCT) School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics and the community. The arts project presents another side of the story of this community through an exhibition called:
31 Oct 2018
Local communities central to ending wildlife trafficking and disrupting transnational criminal networks - UCT study
The international donor community and government have disbursed millions of rands to fight illegal wildlife trade but have so far not succeeded in disrupting or ending illicit rhino poaching. Many local impoverished communities live near or in protected wildlife areas in South Africa. According to new research by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Global Risk Governance Programme, local communities can be used as change agents in tackling the illegal wildlife economy.
30 Oct 2018
UCT's specialist social innovation centre to administer South Africa's impact investment initiative
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship will administer the new National Task Force for Impact Investment after South Africa became the first African country to join the Global Steering Group (GSG) for Impact Investing.
29 Oct 2018
UCT study seeks to identify elusive DNA in human remains found in the ocean
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is spearheading a study that seeks to resolve the global difficulties associated with identifying human remains found in the ocean or those that wash-up ashore. Its success will help to resolve mysterious cases and provide closure to many families whose members have died at sea and could not be identified.
24 Oct 2018
UCT unveils world's first bio-brick made using human urine
The world's first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master's student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert, signalling an innovative paradigm shift in waste recovery.
24 Oct 2018
UCT Professor of Medicine receives the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights
Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker received the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) Conference in Madrid, Spain on 22 October 2018.
23 Oct 2018
UCT Vice-Chancellor strengthens ties with local high school principals
The University of Cape Town (UCT)'s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has renewed the university's commitment to nurturing relationships with high schools from across the metropole.
23 Oct 2018
After the water crisis: How to turn Cape Town into a water-sensitive city
Earlier this year, the announcement of Day Zero by the City of Cape Town led to many questions. Was Cape Town going to be the first major city to run out of water? It certainly made Capetonians aware of the need to get serious about saving water.
16 Oct 2018
UCT Vice-Chancellor wishes class of 2018 well for matric exams
University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has wished the class of 2018 well for their examinations. This year, 796 542 matriculants will sit for their exams, which started today.
15 Oct 2018
Academics, civil society and government meet to find ways to improve violence prevention in South Africa
The Safety and Violence Initiative (SAVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will host an international conference titled
12 Oct 2018
UCT scientists honoured for excellence by South Africa's official science body
Three University of Cape Town (UCT) academics, Professor Kelly Chibale, Professor Virna Leaner and Professor Kevin Naidoo, were among 20 of the country's leading scholars and scientists who were inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018.
11 Oct 2018
UCT Vice-Chancellor marks first 100 days in office
The University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has been in office for 100 days since taking over the role on 1 July 2018.
09 Oct 2018
UCT's leading TB researcher receives top international science prize
Leading tuberculosis (TB) researcher and head of the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Division of Pulmonology, Professor Keertan Dheda, has been awarded the 2018 Scientific Leadership prize by the prestigious European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).
08 Oct 2018
One of Africa's top academics on artificial intelligence to present open lecture at UCT
Artificial intelligence has impacted many aspects of human life. It is characterised by making systems as well as machines intelligent and connected.
08 Oct 2018
UCT student tech start-up offers technology and entrepreneurship skills to students
A team of University of Cape Town (UCT) students have come together to form a start-up company, Zaio. The start-up assists student developers build an information technology skills profile through coding challenges and practical experience, hopefully helping them to ultimately land their dream job. At the same time, the Zaio platform provides other start-ups with access to affordable web and app development.
08 Oct 2018
UCT hockey player set to represent South Africa at Youth Olympics in Argentina
First-year physiotherapy student Nepo Serage has been making big waves in hockey circles since becoming the University of Cape Town's (UCT) first-team goalkeeper just eight months after joining the squad. Eighteen-year-old Serage will be jetting off to Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of the team representing South Africa at the Youth Olympic Games from 6-18 October.
04 Oct 2018
UCT hosts roundtable discussion with a focus on young people and mental health
The University of Cape Town's Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) invites you to a roundtable discussion on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10 October 2018, at the UCT Lung Institute, George Street, Mowbray. The speakers and the discussion will focus on the mental health and mental healthcare of children and adolescents in South Africa.
03 Oct 2018
Invite: Privacy vs Security - Where does the balance lie?
Following some major data leaks in recent times, such as The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal earlier this year and the explosive revelations made by Edward Snowden, a former United States former Central Intelligence Agency employee, there is greater public awareness of government surveillance and, consequently, calls for more transparency and accountability.
02 Oct 2018