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Research on Baboons by UCT affiliated researchers in the Cape Peninsula
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) has received several queries recently regarding its involvement in baboon research and its contributions to practice and policy of the peninsula baboon program. This matter is under review and was discussed at the Senate Animal Ethics Committee on 11 November 2020.
26 Nov 2020
Pesticides linked to reduced cognitive function among children living in agricultural areas
Children living in agricultural areas may experience headaches and reduced cognitive performance due to the exposure to various pesticides in their daily lives.
26 Nov 2020
Pregnancy, obesity and HIV explored in new UCT study
A new birth cohort study to examine obesity in pregnant women living with HIV, as well as their children, has secured the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics a R120 million grant from the United States (US) National Institutes of Health. UCT joins an international consortium which includes Columbia University and Northwestern University in the US.
25 Nov 2020
Sexually active female adolescents prefer long-acting injectable PrEP for HIV prevention, new study
The UChoose study conducted by the Desmond Tutu HIV Centr e at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has found that sexually active female adolescents prefer long-acting injectables than vaginal ring and pill as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.
24 Nov 2020
UCT joins forces with Rape Crisis to strengthen support to sexual offences survivors
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Office for Inclusivity & Change (OIC) has joined forces with Rape Crisis , an organisation that has worked in the area of rape and sexual violence since 1976, to strengthen the support services to survivors of sexual offences .
23 Nov 2020
Alliance of top universities urges G20 leaders to prioritise net zero emissions
An international coalition of leading climate research universities will issue its first declaration ahead of the G20 Summit on 21 and 22 November 2020.
19 Nov 2020
Dimming the sun might help reduce the risk of future “Day Zero” droughts in Cape Town, but it can’t solve the climate crisis
Artificially dimming the sun by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere could help reduce the likelihood of “Day Zero” level droughts in Cape Town - by as much as 90% - in the future, say scientists from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in a paper recently published in Environmental Research Letters .
18 Nov 2020
Women employment sectors hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic
Decades of work and hard-won gains into achieving gender equality in the labour market in South Africa could be derailed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
17 Nov 2020
Climate Transparency Report highlights climate indicators and opportunities
South Africa’s energy sector remains one of the most coal-dependent and largest per capita polluters in the G20 despite being at greater risk of climate-related impacts. This is according to the latest report from Climate Transparency International that cautions G20 countries against quick-fix COVID-19 stimulus packages that favour fossil fuel industries.
17 Nov 2020
UCT VC calls on higher education to reinvent itself
Disruption is inevitable, and society must take the initiative in order to stay ahead. This according to University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng while delivering the 23rd annual Kgosi Edward Patrick Lebone Molotlegi Memorial Lecture.
16 Nov 2020
Research uncovers links between substance abuse and psychotic disorders
Research conducted by a team of academics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has revealed that patients who suffer from psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder, are more likely to abuse alcohol and illegal substances.
12 Nov 2020
Statement from President of the UCT Convocation on the passing of Auditor General Kimi Makwetu
It is with great shock and profound sadness that we learn of the passing of my dear friend and brother, Kimi Makwetu, Auditor General of South Africa - a comrade of the struggle for the emancipation of South Africans, an activist, and servant of the people.
12 Nov 2020
Millions of new variants in African genomes discovered
An estimated three million novel genetic variants in over 300 genomes have been discovered through a new, large-scale African collaboration between researchers from the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) consortium, which includes academics from the University of Cape Town (UCT).
10 Nov 2020
UCT researcher wins prestigious Newton Prize 2020
A novel research into using renewable energy in off-grid informal settlements in South Africa has won the Chair’s Prize at the prestigious Newton Prize awards.
09 Nov 2020
Discovery of five-million-year-old honey badger relative in Langebaanweg signals rich biodiversity
New research led by palaeontologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in collaboration with Iziko Museum and the University of Zaragoza in Spain has discovered a relative of the living honey badger from the early Pliocene locality of Langebaanweg, West Coast Fossil Park.
09 Nov 2020
Student start-up survives lockdown and repositions business
For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown has taken grit and determination. For Tiang Moabelo, a University of Cape Town (UCT) student and founder of the start-up LoadALot, the past seven months have been a “redefining moment”.
05 Nov 2020
UCT Vice-Chancellor wishes the matric class well ahead of exams
The year 2020 has been a difficult one for learners writing their final matriculation examinations. University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng shared an inspirational and uplifting message to the matric class of Heideveld Secondary School at their valedictory service.
04 Nov 2020
Student initiative supports women in actuarial science
Gender disparity in actuarial science at universities and in the workplace is a larger issue than number parity. Women are essential role models in a field lagging in representation. They also offer vital perspectives in a world where bias often undermines women in the design of everything – from healthcare products to pension benefits.
03 Nov 2020