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Community interventions needed to prevent violence in schools
Estimates show that annually more than a billion children experience some form of violence and a significant proportion of that happens at schools in the Global South, according to a report co-authored by Professor Shanaaz Mathews, the director of the Children’s Institute (CI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Whole community interventions are essential to sustainable prevention strategies, she said.
07 Jun 2022
Another honorary doctorate for UCT Vice-Chancellor
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa on Tuesday, 7 June 2022.
07 Jun 2022
New study sheds light on violent crimes against children
Abandoned, raped and sexually assaulted, and abused is the daily harrowing reality for thousands of children in South Africa. Sadly, according to research by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Children’s Institute (CI), many of these serious and violent crimes go unnoticed and unreported – leaving the perpetrators to roam free – and young victims of violence with inadequate care and long-lasting psychological effects.
07 Jun 2022
UCT chief financial officer re-appointed as SAICA chairperson
University of Cape Town (UCT) Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Vincent Motholo, has been reappointed as chairperson of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
06 Jun 2022
New UCT women’s leadership programme to improve public sector service delivery
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance in partnership with Zenande Leadership Consulting – a consultancy committed to developing women in leadership positions – have developed the Local Government Women’s Leadership Development Programme, which targets women leaders in council and local government institutions.
03 Jun 2022
Ground-breaking project to monitor wildlife using robotics and AI
In a novel transdisciplinary project, University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Associate Professor Amir Patel has set his sights on using robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to effectively monitor the health status of wildlife – a game-changer for the fields of ecology and conservation management in South Africa.
02 Jun 2022
UCT to introduce Swahili from 2023
Swahili will be taught as an elective language course at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 2023, with the aim of launching it as a major subject in 2028. Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng made the announcement in her opening address at UCT’s Africa Month panel discussion recently, discussing the role of language and music in liberating and integrating Africa.
30 May 2022
Study finds high history of depression in women with chronic pain
A new study by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers found a 32% prevalence of comorbid pre-existing depression in patients presenting with chronic pain to the Chronic Pain Management Clinic (CPMC) at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). This is more than three times higher than the described lifetime prevalence in South Africa of 9.7%.
30 May 2022
Climate change could wipe out southern yellow-billed hornbills in the Kalahari Desert by 2027
A University of Cape Town (UCT) study set out to investigate the effect of climate change on the breeding success of southern yellow-billed hornbills in the Kalahari Desert found that they could be wiped out by 2027.
26 May 2022
Harnessing healthcare in Africa to improve development in the sector
In commemoration of Africa Day 2022, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) hosted a celebration with the theme “The Future of Healthcare in Africa”. The hybrid event featured talks from key figures from Africa’s healthcare sector as well as live performances from some of the continent’s most popular acts.
25 May 2022
Peri-urban living a ‘poisoned chalice’ for city’s caracals
Research by University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate Dr Gabriella Leighton and colleagues has shown that organochlorine pollutants along Cape Town’s peri-urban fringes are present in concerningly high concentrations in the body tissue of the city’s caracals (or rooikat). This has potential long-term implications for their health and survival.
24 May 2022
New TB drug combination trial could lead to shorter treatment
A visit by the Bavarian State Chancellery and the Western Cape Government to the University of Cape Town’s Lung Institute (UCTLI) has highlighted a new trial involving BTZ-043 (benzothiazinone DprE1 blocker), a novel TB drug candidate.
24 May 2022
UCT Parasport Club hosts inaugural blind football workshop
For both seasoned and non-professional football players, getting a ball in the back of the net is no mean feat. It requires skill, agility and awareness of what’s going on around you – making it especially difficult for aspiring footballers with visual impairments to participate in the sport they love.
19 May 2022
UCT’s response to anonymous tweets
The University of Cape Town (UCT) notes with serious concern an alleged sexual assault incident raised through a series of anonymous tweets.
18 May 2022
Innovative student trio create giant fabric ‘intestine’ to promote recycling culture
A group of environmentally conscious University of Cape Town (UCT) students have created a giant 90 m sculpture on UCT’s upper campus plaza in a unique effort to increase awareness on the benefits of recycling and to inspire positive change among the campus community.
16 May 2022
UCT students among global young leaders in Antarctica Expedition tackling climate change
A sudden hailstorm at sea in the Antarctic while studying glaciers from a Zodiac inflatable would unnerve any adventurer. For the unseasoned visitor, rapid weather changes in the south polar region can be especially alarming, said University of Cape Town (UCT) humanities student Madina Mothupi.
16 May 2022
UCT part of global parenting initiative awarded more than R200 million by LEGO Foundation
The LEGO Foundation is awarding a £11 million (̴ R218 million) five-year grant to international research aimed at developing and providing free, evidence-based, playful parenting support to every parent all over the world.
13 May 2022
UCT to host World Conference on Research Integrity: Fostering research integrity in an unequal society
To optimally serve society, scientific research needs to be built on trust. The field of research integrity exists to ensure responsible research practices, so that society can trust the outcomes of research and researchers can trust each other to build upon existing research.
12 May 2022