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Calls for specific laws to protect South Africa's water source areas
While South Africa's National Water Act recognises the protection of water resources, such as rivers, it makes no mention of strategic water source areas in particular. According to Amanda Mkhonza, an environmental law lecturer at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Institute of Marine & Environmental Law, this leaves the vast majority of our water source areas highly vulnerable to inappropriate development.
28 Mar 2019
Transition to renewable energy could result in cheaper, cleaner and more reliable electricity supply for SA
Phasing out coal in the power sector by 2040 would allow SA to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2
28 Mar 2019
Khayelitsha learners experience varsity life through UCT summer school
A hundred grade 12 learners from various schools in Khayelitsha had a taste of the first year University of Cape Town (UCT) experience when they attended three special lectures as part of the extended annual UCT Summer School.
27 Mar 2019
Strategies for countries to decarbonise based on national development objectives
Every country must have a long-term strategy for climate change, otherwise the Paris pledges will not be well aligned with national development objectives
26 Mar 2019
The Cape Town drought - lessons for other municipalities in South Africa
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities.
25 Mar 2019
UCT research identifies wildlife crime hot spots in the United Kingdom
University of Cape Town (UCT) academics have led an international study that has found that the young hen harriers (a bird of prey) in the United Kingdom (UK) suffer abnormally high mortality compared to other populations across their range.
19 Mar 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award for Dizu Plaatjies of Amampondo fame
Neo-traditional African musician Dizu Plaatjies and head of African Music: Practical Studies at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) South African College of Music, has been awarded a ministerial Lifetime Achievement Award by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS).
19 Mar 2019
Health Minister to deliver the Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture at UCT
National Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will deliver the annual Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town.
15 Mar 2019
UCT student using 3D printers to address education crisis in South Africa
University of Cape Town (UCT) third-year Bachelor of Science student Denislav Marinov plans on using 3D printers in South Africa's schools to level the education playing fields.
14 Mar 2019
New evidence shows that the work of United Nations agencies is effective
Collaborative research involving University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers shows how key services in lower- and middle-income countries can contribute to reaching multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), even among high-risk children and adolescents.
14 Mar 2019
UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice bestowed on UCT professor
University of Cape Town's (UCT) Associate Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams has been awarded the title of UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice for her contribution to ground-breaking research and implementing initiatives focused on open education in the global south.
13 Mar 2019
How DNA technology can provide immediate benefits for healthcare in Africa
Although there is increasing evidence of participation of African scientists in genomics research, there is little evidence of its major impact in practice.
12 Mar 2019
UCT alumnus urges Commonwealth leaders to protect at least a third of the world's oceans
University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Lewis Pugh has urged Commonwealth leaders to fully protect at least 30% of the world's oceans by 2030. Currently, less than 7% is protected.
12 Mar 2019
UCT feeding scheme addresses student hunger
A University of Cape Town (UCT) feeding scheme that was started last year to alleviate the problem of hunger among students on campus is growing in leaps and bounds. The scheme is now serving a total of 600 lunches on UCT's upper campus, the College of Music, Hiddingh campus and the Child Guidance Clinic.
11 Mar 2019
Debates ongoing at UCT over the Curriculum Change discussion document
Following the conclusion of the work of the Curriculum Change Working Group (CCWG), the Teaching and Learning Committee at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is continuing to receive comments and feedback in respect of the Curriculum Change Framework document. The framework is a discussion document, not a policy, and will not be enforced.
08 Mar 2019
UCT students selected to meet Nobel laureates in Germany
Four University of Cape Town (UCT) students are among 20 top young South African scientists successfully nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics in Germany in June 2019.
08 Mar 2019
Maths and physics genius tackles shortage of engineers by coaching underprivileged matric learners
University of Cape Town (UCT) final-year mechanical engineering student Thabang Sebetoane has formed a non-profit organisation, Tshehetso, that mentors and tutors matric learners to cope with the gruelling demands of university-level mathematics and physics.
07 Mar 2019
Heavy droughts can now be expected every 15 years, UCT study finds
The recent drought which left dams like the Theewaterskloof Dam empty and saw the City of Cape Town's taps almost run dry, can now be expected once every 15 years, rather than every 50 years as previously assumed, University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have warned.
06 Mar 2019