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New book looks at how the cities we live in shape what we eat
How do the cities we live in shape what we eat? This question is central to a new book, Tomatoes & Taxi Ranks: Running our Cities to Fill the Food Gap by Leonie Joubert with Jane Battersby and Vanessa Watson, published by the African Centre for Cities (ACC).
19 Nov 2018
UCT staff member learns to read and write at age 60
For her 60th birthday, Edna Dirks, who works at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Groote Schuur Residence, received the gift she had been wishing for - an opportunity to learn to read and write for the first time.
16 Nov 2018
UCT researcher concerned that South Africa's energy has been declared G20's dirtiest
The University of Cape Town's Energy Research Centre (ERC) is concerned that South Africa's electricity has been declared as the dirtiest out of all the G20 countries. This was revealed through the fourth annual Brown to Green Report, which was released on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.
15 Nov 2018
UCT boosts transformation in accounting
A six-year collaboration project involving the University of Cape Town (UCT) has resulted in two universities being accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), boosting transformation in accounting.
14 Nov 2018
UCT remains top in Africa on the 2019 Best Global Universities rankings
The University of Cape Town (UCT) continues to skirt the top 100 in the 2019 US News Best Global Universities Rankings. The university is ranked 114th globally and first in Africa.
13 Nov 2018
Public lecture on how bio-bricks were made from urine
Dr Dyllon Randall, who is part of the team that created the world's first bio-brick made out of urine, will present a public lecture which will outline more about how the bio-brick was created.
13 Nov 2018
UCT condemns statement by student
The University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, as she often does, congratulated a student for completing his honours degree and for applying to do his Master of Arts degree.
07 Nov 2018
Former political prisoner to graduate at UCT 49 years after his thesis was declined
Almost 50 years after submitting his Master of Laws (LLM) degree thesis and had it refused because it quoted a banned person, Professor Raymond Suttner - an academic and former political prisoner - will finally graduate at the University of Cape Town after the institution invited him to re-submit his previously banned thesis.
05 Nov 2018
UCT study reveals how long-necked dinosaurs became giants
New research by scientists at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has discovered a new pattern of growth in dinosaurs. Some of the iconic Mesozoic long-necked dinosaurs (officially known as the derived sauropodomorphs or sauropods) reached about 36 metres in length and weighed about 63 503 kg.
01 Nov 2018
Arts project appreciates Macassar and its people
A project aimed at changing the tarnished image of the community of Macassar township near Somerset West, as being home only to crime, poverty and other social ills is reaping fruits after a collaboration between the University of Cape Town's (UCT) School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics and the community. The arts project presents another side of the story of this community through an exhibition called:
31 Oct 2018
Local communities central to ending wildlife trafficking and disrupting transnational criminal networks - UCT study
The international donor community and government have disbursed millions of rands to fight illegal wildlife trade but have so far not succeeded in disrupting or ending illicit rhino poaching. Many local impoverished communities live near or in protected wildlife areas in South Africa. According to new research by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Global Risk Governance Programme, local communities can be used as change agents in tackling the illegal wildlife economy.
30 Oct 2018
UCT's specialist social innovation centre to administer South Africa's impact investment initiative
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship will administer the new National Task Force for Impact Investment after South Africa became the first African country to join the Global Steering Group (GSG) for Impact Investing.
29 Oct 2018
UCT study seeks to identify elusive DNA in human remains found in the ocean
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is spearheading a study that seeks to resolve the global difficulties associated with identifying human remains found in the ocean or those that wash-up ashore. Its success will help to resolve mysterious cases and provide closure to many families whose members have died at sea and could not be identified.
24 Oct 2018
UCT unveils world's first bio-brick made using human urine
The world's first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master's student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert, signalling an innovative paradigm shift in waste recovery.
24 Oct 2018
UCT Professor of Medicine receives the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights
Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker received the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) Conference in Madrid, Spain on 22 October 2018.
23 Oct 2018
UCT Vice-Chancellor strengthens ties with local high school principals
The University of Cape Town (UCT)'s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has renewed the university's commitment to nurturing relationships with high schools from across the metropole.
23 Oct 2018
After the water crisis: How to turn Cape Town into a water-sensitive city
Earlier this year, the announcement of Day Zero by the City of Cape Town led to many questions. Was Cape Town going to be the first major city to run out of water? It certainly made Capetonians aware of the need to get serious about saving water.
16 Oct 2018
UCT Vice-Chancellor wishes class of 2018 well for matric exams
University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has wished the class of 2018 well for their examinations. This year, 796 542 matriculants will sit for their exams, which started today.
15 Oct 2018