Welcome to the
University of Cape Town News
Research & innovation
Cape Town water crisis
Debates in higher education
Lectures & speeches
From the UCT Executive
category: Media releases
UCT graduate overcomes 3 death tragedies to achieve excellence
After losing his father, brother-in-law and close friend in just over a month in his final year of undergraduate study, University of Cape Town (UCT) student Sipho Mbadaliga was unsure if he would be able to complete his degree.
29 Mar 2018
UCT to honour Justice Mokgoro and Prof O'Connell
The first black woman to be appointed to the Constitutional Court in post democratic South Africa, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, and former Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Professor Brian O'Connell, will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Cape Town (UCT) next week.
28 Mar 2018
UCT student overcomes multiple odds to graduate - with a little help from the Student in Distress Fund
Graduations are celebrations, but few realise the struggles that many students face in getting across the finish line. One such student is Nkululeko Dlamini, who overcame multiple difficulties to complete his studies engineering studies at the University of Cape Town.
28 Mar 2018
Effort to develop vaccine to prevent progression from latent to active TB disease
A global effort is underway to develop a new TB vaccine that blocks progression from the precursor phase of TB, so-called latent infection, to active disease. A vaccine that is effective in infected adults will be key to interrupting the cycle of transmission and halting the global epidemic.
24 Mar 2018
UCT to raise awareness in district with high TB rate
The University of Cape Town's South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) has collaborated with the provincial Department of Education and other partners to mark World TB Day in the Cape Winelands district with an exhibition which will be hosted in 3 towns - Worcester, Stellenbosch and Robertson. World TB day is commemorated each year on 24 March.
23 Mar 2018
UCT's innovative research supports global
Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious fatal disease in South Africa, outstripping HIV for the number 1 spot. Over the past decade, more than 3 million people have suffered from the disease and every year new cases are reported. TB kills about 270 people in South Africa every day. Addressing this epidemic requires bold initiatives aimed at treating the underlying cause rather than the symptoms.
23 Mar 2018
Flight delays: A recent study finds out why some African birds stay home longer
Parents of millennials still living at home are not the only ones with children that refuse to leave. Many animal species have adult offspring that are slow to take flight, but when and how they leave home has been poorly understood by scientists. But new research on a desert-dwelling African bird is now yielding some answers.
22 Mar 2018
New facility launched at UCT to help astronomers in South Africa understand big data
A first of its kind visualisation facility has been launched by the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where astronomers from around the country can explore their data and find answers to some of the biggest questions about our universe.
22 Mar 2018
UCT students explore sustainable water treatment processes
The water crisis in the Western Cape has necessitated for more attention to be placed on the growing need for innovation and research for industrial water treatment. While there are various technologies to treat mining wastewater to produce potable water, University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers are looking at industrial crystallisation which can be used to treat salt water.
20 Mar 2018
Report reveals main motives of rising contract killings in South Africa
A report released by the Assassination Witness project on contract killings in South Africa has revealed that the main motivations for assassinations were political, economic and social. The Assassination Witness project is a collaboration between the Centre for Criminology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GITOC).
20 Mar 2018
Poor living conditions and unemployment strongly linked to depression - UCT study reveals
Individuals living in more deprived neighbourhoods in South Africa experience more depressive symptoms than their counterparts in wealthier neighbourhoods. This is according to a recent University of Cape Town (UCT) study published in the journal, BMC Psychiatry.
19 Mar 2018
UCT climate scientist wins prestigious international award
Professor Mark New, Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Piers Sellers Prize for world-leading contributions to solution-focused climate research.
19 Mar 2018
UCT Council officially announces Prof Phakeng as new Vice-Chancellor
The University of Cape Town Council officially announced that Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor with effect from 1 July 2018.
17 Mar 2018
Study by UCT academics prompts a call for a national ban on lead bullets
A third of all vultures caught and tested in a Botswana study involving a University of Cape Town (UCT) academic showed elevated levels of lead in their blood, most likely due to ingesting lead bullet-contaminated flesh. Hunters' bullets shatter inside their prey and can then be absorbed into the blood stream of the vultures when they feed on these animals or their remains. This ingested lead is highly toxic to birds.
15 Mar 2018
UCT academic joins UN Special Envoy in discussions over uncertain water future
The University of Cape Town's Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Climate Action, Mike Bloomberg, on a tour of the Theewaterskloof Dam this week.
09 Mar 2018
UCT and Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems to collaborate on research
A partnership between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, which is based in Germany, has served as a stepping stone in developing new and innovative technologies for South Africa.
06 Mar 2018
Three subjects at UCT ranked in the top 50 in the world
The University of Cape Town has been ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in 3 subjects - development studies, geography and sport - in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. A further 8 subjects are in the top 100.
05 Mar 2018
Update on the selection process for the new VC
Following the public presentations by the 2 shortlisted candidates for the position of Vice-Chancellor and the interviews held last week, the selection committee presented their recommendation to Senate this afternoon.
01 Mar 2018