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Close to R7m raised through UCT COVID-19 emergency fund
Approximately R6.8 million has been raised so far through the University of Cape Town COVID-19 emergency fund, with some of the crucial needs covered including a R16.4 million laptops purchase.
30 Apr 2020
Statement on the passing of struggle stalwart Dr Denis Goldberg
UCT joins the nation and the international community in mourning the passing of one of the greatest stalwarts in the fight against apartheid and UCT alum, Dr Denis Goldberg.
30 Apr 2020
Project launched to combat spread of COVID-19 fake news
The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change, incubated by the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, has launched a six-month project that will use social media analytics and advocacy to combat the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa and beyond.
29 Apr 2020
Students with disabilities prioritised in UCT online learning plan
UCT has prioritised the needs of all students, placing particular focus on students with disabilities, to ensure the new, temporary learning methodology is tailored to their individual needs.
29 Apr 2020
Data provisioning and laptop deliveries continuing at UCT
UCT is continuing to attend to laptop deliveries and provisioning of data to students as urgently as possible.
28 Apr 2020
UCT engineering students design portable hand sanitiser distiller
To keep COVID-19 at bay, University of Cape Town students in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment have designed a portable distillation vessel to make hand sanitisers. With sales of alcohol prohibited, the device puts surpluses to good use.
23 Apr 2020
UCT sets up COVID-19 emergency fund
UCT has set up a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency fund to assist in the fight against the virus and its impact on the UCT community.
22 Apr 2020
UCT academics develop COVID-19 platform for less resourced communities
With a lot of false information being spread about COVID-19 and the urgent need to prevent the spread of the disease to less resourced communities, the University of Cape Town’s Global Surgery division in the Faculty of Health Sciences has developed a platform for reliable and accessible information dissemination for communities without access to smart technology or data.
21 Apr 2020
UCT provides data to students
The University of Cape Town is providing pre-paid data to all students who have valid South African cell numbers as part of extensive support measures put in place for online learning.
20 Apr 2020
UCT’s further plans for continuing academic year: setting the record straight
The University of Cape Town has noted some confusion in the media and on social media, resulting from a claim that all students will return to campus on 1 September 2020.
17 Apr 2020
New free to download picture book helps children understand COVID-19
As part of the response to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business Athol Williams and his artist wife, Taryn Lock, have produced the seventh book in their acclaimed Oaky children’s picture books series with a focus on the virus.
16 Apr 2020
UCT welcomes zero-rating decision by Cell C and Telkom
UCT is very pleased to announce that Cell C and Telkom have both agreed to the university’s request to zero-rate access to certain UCT websites.
13 Apr 2020
First UCT student to test positive for COVID-19 fully recovers
The University of Cape Town confirms that the first student to test positive for COVID-19 at the institution has now fully recovered. The student left self-isolation late last week.
08 Apr 2020
UCT joins global climate change alliance
The University of Cape Town has joined the newly established International Universities Climate Alliance (‘Climate Alliance’), which aims to help communicate research insights on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.
08 Apr 2020
Climate change to cause abrupt species loss this century
What will the world’s biodiversity look like in the future? According to a new study the disruption of biodiversity from climate change on land and in the oceans will be abrupt and could be much sooner than we had expected, potentially affecting tens of thousands of species.
08 Apr 2020
Research reveals gap in COVID-19 funding for businesses in townships
The COVID-19 pandemic and the current lockdown are already having a devastating impact on South Africa’s economy, with informal and small businesses in townships likely to feel its impact most harshly.
07 Apr 2020
Fossil discoveries rewrite human history
An international team of researchers, including geologists from UCT, have unearthed the earliest known skull of Homo erectus , the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behaviour.
03 Apr 2020
UCT confirms sixth case of COVID-19
The University of Cape Town has been advised that a third student tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, 29 March 2020. The student is receiving medical support and identified contacts were traced and advised to go into quarantine.
02 Apr 2020