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Research into Cape Town helicopter rescue missions raises awareness of mountain and water safety
When that well-known bright red helicopter hovers above in the city or surrounding areas, Capetonians know that someone is in trouble – at sea or along the mountain side – and that helicopter, carrying advanced life support paramedics, has been dispatched to help.
10 Nov 2022
Chronic jet lag discovered in people living with HIV in rural South Africa
People living with HIV have a significantly delayed internal body clock, consistent with the symptoms of jet lag, according to new findings published in the Journal of Pineal Research .
10 Nov 2022
UCT digital project is making isiXhosa texts accessible to contemporary African scholars
Dr Jacques de Wet of the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is leading a team in establishing a digital archive to make early isiXhosa publications authored by African intellectuals easily available for research. Through his own teaching and research, he has begun to introduce these African thinkers into contemporary sociology.
08 Nov 2022
UCT part of multi-million research project to decarbonise aviation
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is one of the partners in a €40 million (approximately R718 million) three-year research project that aims to develop and improve next-generation catalysts that will play a large role in decarbonising the aviation sector by creating sustainable aviation fuels.
07 Nov 2022
Endangered humpback dolphins more vulnerable than previously thought in South African waters
A recent study published in Integrative Zoology demonstrated a high incidence of abnormal beak (rostrum) conditions in South African humpback dolphins, highlighting a previously unreported threat to this endangered population.
04 Nov 2022
Invite: A media conversation with top African and European universities’ leaders
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a high-level delegation of 16 vice-chancellors from Africa’s leading research universities and 15 European university leaders on Friday, 4 November.
03 Nov 2022
UCT honours outstanding student leaders
The Department of Student Affairs (DSA) recently recognised some of the outstanding contributions made by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) student leaders and organisations during the course of the year. The DSA honoured up to 10 individuals and 10 teams whose efforts have driven the advancement of UCT’s vision, mission and values – both within the university and its surrounding communities. This year, there were nine individual awards and six team awards.
03 Nov 2022
UCT shines in four more international rankings
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has continued to earn accolades across a range of international rankings, including yet again being ranked first in Africa by US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings.
02 Nov 2022
Medium term budget is taking from the mouths of babies, children’s organisations claim
The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement delivered by Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana received a standing ovation in Parliament. The adulation was presumably for his macro performance: reducing borrowing, stabilising debt and bailing out Eskom. But this came at a cost to social spending, notably for education, health services and social grants.
28 Oct 2022
UCT to host leading African universities VCs and European leaders
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a high-level delegation of 16 vice-chancellors from Africa’s leading research universities and 15 European university leaders on 4 November.
28 Oct 2022
Addressable health system factors adversely affect surgical outcomes for women in Africa – UCT study
Women in Africa have double the risk-adjusted odds of having a severe complication or death after non-obstetric, non-gynaecological elective surgery when compared to international rates. This is according to a study conducted by a team from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Global Surgery and Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.
26 Oct 2022
Depression in young South Africans linked to lack of access to labour market
Lack of access to the labour market is taking a toll on young South Africans' mental health, new research by the University of Cape Town’s Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health reveals.
20 Oct 2022
Groundbreaking UCT study shows cancer drug potential to cure and prevent malaria
A cancer drug currently in clinical trials has shown the potential to protect from, cure and prevent transmission of malaria. The breakthrough finding by the University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers, in collaboration with several local and international institutions from the United States, Germany and Spain, offers new hope against a disease that kills over half a million people annually, most severely affecting children under five, pregnant women and patients with HIV .
20 Oct 2022
Africa’s most advanced imaging laboratory boosts the continent’s biomedical research capacity
Africa’s most advanced imaging facility, which provides research tools not previously available to African scientists seeking solutions to major biological and medical challenges, opened in Cape Town on Wednesday, 19 October 2022, with some of the world’s best optical microscopes now available at no cost to scientists across the continent.
19 Oct 2022
Invite: Understanding the state of our universe
As part of the Nobel in Africa Symposium being hosted around the country this month, the High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) Group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town will host a lecture on the quantum universe.
19 Oct 2022
Physical activity reduces depression risk in women, but not in men – UCT study
Engaging in physical activity reduces the risk of depression in South African women, according to a study by the University of Cape Town (UCT), which suggests that health policies to ensure access and promotion of physical activity resources to prevent depression are key.
18 Oct 2022
Promoting social justice in higher education with open educational resources
The use of open educational resources could promote social justice in the South African higher education sector – especially in terms of the curriculum transformation and decolonial agenda , which highlights a range of systemic injustices related to accessibility and inclusivity.
18 Oct 2022
Disparities and dated legislation impact people living with intellectual disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities experience inequities and disparities which cause poorer health and lower life expectancy. This was highlighted at a Mental Health Seminar recently held by the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
12 Oct 2022