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UCT 2021 Stella Clark Teachers' Award honours outstanding Maths teacher in Limpopo
Bernard Cement, a one‑of‑a‑kind, dedicated and passionate mathematics educator with a teaching methodology that’s second to none, is the recipient of the 2021 Stella Clark Teachers’ Award.
19 Aug 2021
UCT Chancellor Dr Moloi-Motsepe honours women in heartfelt tribute
University of Cape Town (UCT) Chancellor Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe has, in celebration of Women’s Month, paid tribute to and commended women for their remarkable achievements – recognising that the journey to gender equality is often a long and onerous one, and one that has some way to go still in South Africa.
19 Aug 2021
Campaign highlights dangers of untreated iron deficiency disorder during pregnancy
The Division of Haematology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital has embarked on a massive international campaign to drive awareness on the dangers of untreated iron deficiency disorder during pregnancy. The drive seeks to highlight the importance of a pre‑pregnancy diagnosis, to initiate treatment and to avoid the enormous post‑birth ramifications for the unborn baby.
18 Aug 2021
COVID-19 heaps pressure on South African consumers across the board
South African households are facing significant financial strain. This is according to new analysis by the University of Cape Town (UCT) Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing.
17 Aug 2021
More than 1.5 million children have lost a caregiver to COVID-19, global study
New research estimates that every 12 seconds, a child around the world loses a caregiver to COVID-19. This startling finding was presented in a research report titled “ Global minimum estimates of children affected by COVID-19 associated orphanhood and deaths of caregivers: a modelling study ”, published recently in The Lancet .
16 Aug 2021
In practice South Africa’s legal system falls short
Jameelah Omar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), argues that although South Africa has a truly progressive constitution, the extent to which these laws actually work in practice falls far short of the ideal.
16 Aug 2021
T cells face off against variants to boost COVID-19 immunity, study finds
With the fight against COVID-19 beset with concerns around the efficacy of vaccines in the face of a mutating virus, University of Cape Town (UCT) virologists have shown that the body’s T cells maintain 85% of their capacity to detect variants, continuing to mount a substantial defence to prevent severe illness, hospitalisation and death.
12 Aug 2021
Instituting a living wage enables people to choose dignity - report
A recent report from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Development Policy Research Unit indicated that in quarter four of 2018, 46.6% of all minimum wage earners received below the national minimum wage in their sector, with numbers well above that in some major industries.
11 Aug 2021
Reminder: UCT’s virtual Women’s Day event with Miss South Africa 2020 and #ForWomxnByWomxn research grantees
The University of Cape Town will host a virtual Women’s Day event under the theme, ‘Social responsiveness and internationalisation’.
10 Aug 2021
Former TRC commissioner Yasmin Sooka to discuss why apartheid-era crimes are yet to be prosecuted
In her lecture titled, “Unfinished Business of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)”, former TRC commissioner and human rights lawyer Yasmin Sooka will focus on why nobody has been prosecuted under the Crime of Apartheid and how denial persists in our country that apartheid was declared a crime against humanity and that the apartheid state was a criminal state.
05 Aug 2021
Top chartered accountant to join UCT as finance executive director
The University of Cape Town has appointed Vincent Mohau Motholo as the new Executive Director: Finance. He will take up the position on 1 October 2021.
04 Aug 2021
UCT Women’s month expert list
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment during Women’s month.
03 Aug 2021
A recipe for home grown vaccines in plants – water, light and sugar
A new collaborative study undertaken between the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) and the University of Southampton’s Glycoprotein Therapeutics Laboratory has shed new light on how vaccine production in plants is impacted by the host plant machinery.
02 Aug 2021
More UCT students to be invited back under level two
Students registered in performing arts courses, those needing to undertake practical blocks, and selected postgraduate researchers will be invited in phases to return to residences or academic spaces in alignment with the amended University of Cape Town calendar.
31 Aug 2020
UCT participating in three international COVID-19 vaccine trials
South Africa has joined global counterparts in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine and the University of Cape Town is participating in three international trials in the country, alongside several other universities.
28 Aug 2020
Africa’s first genetics study sheds light on inherited disorders
New research investigating the genetic modifiers of long-term survival in individuals with sickle cell anaemia reveals a range of possible pathways for novel therapeutic interventions. Professor Ambroise Wonkam, principle investigator and director of Genetic Medicine of African Populations in the University of Cape Town’s Division of Human Genetics, says apart from the study’s clinical potential, the fact that it is so deeply rooted in Africa also presents the opportunity for a paradigm shift in science policy and diplomacy.
26 Aug 2020
Property market trends to change significantly post-COVID-19
There are many questions regarding how the property market will potentially evolve post-COVID-19.
24 Aug 2020
Mask education project burgeons into creative remote teaching collaboration
What started out as a fieldwork project for ten postgraduate computer science and information systems students at UCT burgeoned into a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, creative learning experience using remote teaching and design thinking.
20 Aug 2020