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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
Scientists to contribute to the development of sustainable marine aquaculture in Africa
World per capita fish consumption is expected to increase by 2030 with the exception of Africa, due to population growth outpacing supply on this continent. This raises food and nutrition security issues owing to the high prevalence of malnutrition in the region and the contribution of fish to total animal intake in many African countries.
08 Sep 2019
UCT introduces special tribunal and online reporting tool to deal with GBV cases
The University of Cape Town has introduced with immediate effect a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender-based violence. The university has also created an online reporting tool that makes the reporting of sexual and gender-based violence user-friendly and accessible.
06 Sep 2019
Remembering Nene: Honouring the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence
The University of Cape Town executive issued the below communication to the campus community on Thursday, 5 September. This follows both the memorial service for Ms Uyinene Mrwetyana and the mass picket to Parliament, which took place on Wednesday, 4 September.
05 Sep 2019
UCT Chancellor urges everyone to pledge to take action against Gender-Based Violence
The University of Cape Town Chancellor Mrs Graça Machel has urged everyone to pledge to take action to ensure that South Africa is a safe country for women and children. Speaking at the memorial service of the late Uyinene Mrwetyana on Wednesday, Mrs Machel expressed the collective pain experienced by all across campus following the passing of the first-year film and media studies student.
04 Sep 2019
Academic classes and tests suspended 5 and 6 September
Wednesday, 4 September, has been an emotional day for the University of Cape Town (UCT) community and for wider South African society, with several protest events rising up against sexual and gender-based violence in this country. Since the beginning of the week, staff and students have been gathering in separate vigils, prayer circles and small groups to remember Uyinene
04 Sep 2019
Remembering Nene: rise against sexual and gender-based violence
The UCT executive and members of the Leadership Lekgotla have been in urgent discussion since receiving the formal announcement of the brutal death of our student Uyinene Mrwetyana, fondly known as Nene.
03 Sep 2019