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One in five expectant women and new mothers in peri-urban areas experience suicidal thoughts, study reveals
One in five pregnant women and new mothers living in peri-urban areas investigated in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drakenstein Child Health Study (DCHS) are likely to experience suicidal thoughts. The study findings were recently published online in the Archives of Women's Mental Health , an international journal dedicated to female psychological health.
29 Apr 2021
Nobel laureate Prof Abhijit Banerjee to discuss how economics can be harnessed for the common good
In a lecture titled “Good Economics for Hard Times”, Professor Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on economic recovery in light of the ongoing pandemic.
26 Apr 2021
Response options should be at the center of climate risk assessment and management
A team of researchers from the Africa Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) led a global team of 21 climate risk scholars to better understand and inform decision making around climate change risks in Africa and globally by examining how the drivers of risk interact.
23 Apr 2021
UCT condemns fake fee statement shared on Twitter
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has noted a photoshopped image of what is claimed to be a university fee statement shared on Twitter. UCT confirms that this is fake.
22 Apr 2021
UCT among top 200 in world university impact rankings against United Nations SDGs
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been placed in the top 101–200 band of the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which – unlike other such international rankings – aims to assess the impact of higher education institutions against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
21 Apr 2021
UCT planning return of students to residences
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is planning for the return of students to university accommodation now that the fire that affected large parts of the Rondebosch campus on Sunday, 18 April is under control.
21 Apr 2021
UCT suspends academic programme till Friday
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has suspended the academic programme by a further three days until Friday, 23 April 2021.
20 Apr 2021
UCT assisting students affected by the fire on campus
The University of Cape Town has put emergency measures in place in order to respond to the fire on the Rondebosch campus on Sunday, 18 April.
18 Apr 2021
Update on Rhodes Memorial fire
All University of Cape Town (UCT) students are being evacuated from campus by emergency services support staff. They are being taken to pre-determined locations.
18 Apr 2021
Intestinal worm infections increases severity of STIs in females — research finds
New research has found that intestinal worm infections may put sub-Saharan Africa women at increased risk of sexually transmitted viral infections (STIs). The findings were published this week in the Cell Host and Microbe journal.
16 Apr 2021
Antibiotic resistance - ‘a faceless pandemic’, UCT scientist warns
The rapid increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in South Africa and across the globe is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in humans and food-producing animals, and poses a huge threat to modern medicine, warns University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Marc Mendelson, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital.
15 Apr 2021
A blood test to find those at high risk of tuberculosis in people living with HIV
A new study has reported findings of a host blood test that can find those at high risk of tuberculosis (TB) in people living with HIV. The blood mRNA biomarker differentiated between people living with HIV who had active TB from those without TB and predicted which individuals would develop TB within 15 months.
14 Apr 2021
UCT professor appointed to head Law and Society Association’s global portfolio
University of Cape Town (UCT) law expert Professor Dee Smythe – a “pioneer in the field of law and society in Africa” – has been appointed as the Law and Society Association’s (LSA) inaugural coordinator of global activities (CGA).
14 Apr 2021
Response to the Sunday Independent’s article on the passing of a student
An article in The Sunday Independent (“Emergency council meeting as UCT crisis deepens”, 12 April 2021) attempts to draw a connection between the tragedy of a student’s death in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a series of recent, unrelated events at the executive level of the University of Cape Town (UCT). In effect, a personal tragedy was hijacked to present a distorted view of the wider management landscape at UCT.
14 Apr 2021
UCT publishes first Sesotho book in open access continental platform
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries, in collaboration with the Department of African Languages and Literatures will have a virtual book launch of Dikeledi ha di wele fatshe (loosely translated means, tears do not fall in vain) authored by Dr Rethabile Possa-Mogoera on 15 April 17:00 to 18:00 via MS Teams.
14 Apr 2021
Review finds South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis B
South African healthcare workers were found to be at high risk of contracting hepatitis B, according to a review recently published in the Current Opinion in Immunology journal.
12 Apr 2021
UCT’s first-ever Google Research Scholars Program recipients
Associate Professor Amir Patel and Dr Mohohlo Tsoeu, both from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Electrical Engineering and its newly formed African Robotics Unit , have become the institution’s first-ever recipients of search engine giant Google’s Research Scholar Program. They are also the only Africans in the Program’s 2021 cohort .
09 Apr 2021
UCT student trio named among global next generation leaders
Three University of Cape Town (UCT) students have been selected among a global cohort of 40 for the Next Generation Leaders programme. This has been designed to harness diverse and ethical approaches to civic engagement and activism.
06 Apr 2021