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Supporting the publishing of African-centric research – new platform
UCT Libraries has developed a new a continental platform for open access publishing in Africa. The platform allows the African research community to take ownership of creating and sharing its own scholarly content (including open access journals and open access monographs and textbooks), which contributes to the growth and development of local research for African society.
12 Jan 2021
UCT Faculty of Health Sciences calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine access in South Africa
The havoc wrought by the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 created enormous challenges for public health and health services which have been met with exceptional courage and fortitude by healthcare workers across the world. In addition, this new disease has caused substantial social, economic and psychological devastation in all countries.
08 Jan 2021
Win-win for wind energy and eagles – new tool helps locate areas for safe turbine development
The rapid uptake of wind energy globally offers hope of a transition towards sustainable renewable energy but it can also present a real threat to soaring birds of prey. A new tool offers hope of a win-win solution that allows developers to rapidly identify the best locations for their wind turbines while minimising the risk of collision for one special bird of prey, the Verreaux’s Eagle.
05 Jan 2021
UCT among top 40 international universities
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been ranked 39th in the recently released Times Higher Education (THE) list of the 200 most international universities. These institutions collaborate on research across the world, have a strong reputation globally and have a high proportion of international students and staff.
31 Jan 2020
New study sheds light on genetics of schizophrenia in South Africa
A recent international study including several University of Cape Town researchers emphasises that rare genetic mutations may play an important role in the cause of the illness. The study, “Genetics of Schizophrenia in the South African Xhosa,” published in the journal Science, is the first genetic analysis of schizophrenia in an ancestral African population, the South African amaXhosa.
31 Jan 2020
The “firewalkers” of Karoo: dinosaurs and other animals left tracks in a “land of fire”
In southern Africa, dinosaurs and synapsids, a group of animals that includes mammals and their closest fossil relatives, survived in a “land of fire” at the start of an Early Jurassic mass extinction, according to a study published on 29 January 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE led by Associate Professor Emese M. Bordy, a sedimentologist at the University of Cape Town.
30 Jan 2020
UCT honours late Professor Bongani Mayosi with befitting legacy project
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is celebrating and honouring the legacy of the late Professor Bongani Mayosi through a collection of projects under the banner of the Bongani Mayosi Legacy Project. These include the library project, the Mayosi Research collaborative, the Bongani Mayosi Foundation and a permanent exhibition of his work, to name a few.
29 Jan 2020
UCT creates unique programme to empower women in local government
The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT has partnered with the Local Government Sector Education and Training, the South African Local Government Association and Zenande Leadership Consulting to create a unique Local Government Women’s Leadership Development Programme.
22 Jan 2020
Annual Doc Moss memorial match – UCT Rugby
As part of their build up to Varsity Cup 2020, the Ikey Tigers will honour one of their favourite sons, the late Dr Cecil Moss, in their final pre-season game against Durbell on Friday, 24 January.
22 Jan 2020
Innovative community-based intervention to identify undiagnosed TB cases
Almost 350 000 cases of Tuberculosis (TB) go undiagnosed in South Africa every year. In an effort to revolutionalise TB diagnosis and treatment, an innovative tech-driven project, pioneered by a team of scientists at the UCT Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, will take TB testing from the lab into the community.
21 Jan 2020
Improving universal access to surgical care for patients – meet UCT’s new head of Global Surgery
The thrill and excitement of the labour ward and the pure joy of witnessing a healthy mom receiving a healthy baby led to Associate Professor Salome Maswime, the new head of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT), falling in love with the labour ward. But it was also the deep disappointment of losing a new mother that persuaded her that she needed to learn and do more.
20 Jan 2020
South African vultures have their fill at ‘restaurants’ – new study
There’s no menu and the food is sometimes rotten. Yet South Africa’s vulture restaurants are dishing up valuable information for researchers working to conserve Africa’s scavenger species, according to a new scientific study published in the International journal Animal Conservation.
16 Jan 2020
Effective fisheries management critical in improving sustainable fishing
Where fisheries are well managed, fish populations can recover. This is according to new international research co-authored by Dr Carryn de Moor, a senior research officer from the University of Cape Town’s; Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and the Marine Resource Assessment and Management Group.
15 Jan 2020
New device developed to administer drugs via mobile messaging
A shared passion for improving healthcare in developing countries has led biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Osmania University, India to develop a tool for clinicians to administer medication to their patients remotely using mobile messaging technology.
31 Jan 2019
UCT study uses genetics to explore people's risks of getting injured
University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have used an innovative approach to generate data that provides a DNA sequence road map that can be used to explore people's susceptibility to musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries.
24 Jan 2019
UCT selected for large-scale funding to tackle the world's complex challenges
Researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are included in two of 12 international teams selected by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) to establish large interdisciplinary research hubs based at leading UK universities that address the world's complex development challenges.
24 Jan 2019
UCT among top 10 emerging-economy universities
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has held its position at ninth in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings and is the top university in Africa. South Africa has nine universities in the Emerging Economies Rankings, up from eight last year, and retains seven in the top 200.
17 Jan 2019
UCT students weigh in on men's role in addressing gender-based violence in South Africa
Research from lobby group, Sonke Gender Justice, shows that the impact of gender-based violence has been estimated to cost South Africa up to R42.4 billion per year. It also reports that the Western Cape is one of the most unsafe provinces in South Africa. A third of the country's murders are reported to police stations in this province.
17 Jan 2019