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Update on UCT’s recovery from April 2021 fire
After suffering a disastrous blow when the Table Mountain fire raged on campus and caused catastrophic damage to property in this month two years ago, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has provided an update on the Jagger Library restoration process and on other affected buildings.
28 Apr 2023
UCT climate scientist bags prestigious Frontiers Planet Prize
Professor Mark New, director of the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), along with ACDI researchers Petra Holden, Piotr Wolski, Romaric C. Odoulami, Joyce Kimutai, Tiro Nkemelang and Kamoru A. Lawal, and collaborating researcher Alana Rebello from the Agricultural Research Council, has been awarded the prestigious Frontiers Planet Prize for their research on nature-based solutions (NbS) and climate change.
26 Apr 2023
UCT researchers part of new global research consortium to optimise antimicrobial use in humans
Researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are part of a research consortium made up of teams from institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America that are coming together to form the Centres for Antimicrobial Optimisation Network (CAMO-Net).
25 Apr 2023
Commemorating the Jagger Library fire: UCT, DStv launch ‘Stories from the Ashes’ project
Who can forget Sunday, 18 April 2021? It was a day of unspeakable tragedy as University of Cape Town (UCT) staff, students and the rest of Cape Town watched as a runaway wildfire gutted large parts of campus, including the beloved and historic Jagger Library.
20 Apr 2023
UCT researcher involved in paper that rewrites the history of horse domestication in North America
When a large international group of archaeological researchers were looking for the strontium isotope data, they required to link the ancient North American horse to the land, and they contacted the University of Cape Town (UCT). Combining DNA sequencing with radiogenic isotope analysis and indigenous knowledge, a paper recently published in Science rewrites the history of horse domestication in North America.
17 Apr 2023
New UCT-led consortium to tackle malaria drug resistance in South-East Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced the launch of the Mitigating Antimalarial Resistance Consortium in Southern and East Africa (MARC SE-Africa), which will tackle the growing crisis of drug resistant malaria. Over the next four years, MARC SE-Africa will receive almost 4.2 million euros from the European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.
14 Apr 2023
UCT, DStv to launch project on second anniversary of the April 2021 fire
On 18 April 2021, the University of Cape Town (UCT) lost its leading collection of African stories housed in the Jagger Library. Two years later, UCT has partnered with DStv to launch the Stories from the Ashes project, which will retell some of those lost stories and write new ones.
12 Apr 2023
UCT funding to support cost-effective manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in South Africa
The manufacturing and availability of medicines in sub-Saharan Africa will receive a major boost with the injection of R13 million to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Holistic Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D).
11 Apr 2023
Centre for Extra Mural Studies to host conversation with Jansen on corruption at universities
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Extra Mural Studies will host an In Conversation session with Distinguished Professor Jonathan Jansen and Emeritus Professor Anwar Mall on Wednesday, 3 May 2023.
11 Apr 2023
UCT retains excellence in the education of professional accountants
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has retained its excellence in the education of professional accountants through the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC) results announced on Friday, 31 March 2023. This came at the end of a week of celebrating excellence at the university’s graduation ceremonies.
06 Apr 2023
Special COVID-19 grants not only provided income relief – they also improved labour market outcomes
The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was the first in South Africa to target unemployed adults. Its main aim was to provide income support in a time of the crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. But for the first time, new research has shown that it also played a key role in improving labour market outcomes for recipients.
05 Apr 2023
Honorary doctorate to Ouma Katrina among highlights at UCT graduation ceremonies
The bestowing of honorary doctorates on Her Excellency ǂXuu Katrina Esau and Dr Debra Roberts was among the highlights when the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted 15 graduation ceremonies last week.
04 Apr 2023
Trailblazing study investigates human urine treatment to make liquid fertiliser
Getting across the line in only four years – and during a pandemic – takes a form of tenacity that’s been well worked in PhD graduate Caitlin Courtney. In the acknowledgements that preface her highly praised thesis on a novel human urine treatment to make liquid fertiliser, Caitlin names many whose support lit her way. And among them is a dog called Ralph.
03 Apr 2023
R2m partnership to strengthen capacity in cleft surgery for sub-Saharan Africa
About 4.6 million people in the world live with an unrepaired or inadequately repaired cleft, according to a 2022 study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the USA. These individuals are at risk of malnutrition, death from malnutrition, speech and language difficulties, and bullying and ostracisation.
03 Apr 2023