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Legal challenges impede successful implementation of mobile money services in SA and Zim - study
Financial services are difficult to access for many poor people, especially foreigners, refugees and people living in remote areas and rural areas. They lack documentation such as pay slips, proof of residence and identity documents required by banks to open an account, a University of Cape Town (UCT) study has found.
23 Mar 2023
UCT management and SRC reach mediated agreement
The University of Cape Town (UCT) management and the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) have reached an agreement over fee block issues following two days of mediation sessions.
16 Mar 2023
Dedicated cruise deepens offshore research capacity in South Africa
Two PhD students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were part of a team of marine scientists that embarked on a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary offshore expedition to develop the capacity of young southern African scientists and to collect data in outer shelf and deep-sea habitats.
15 Mar 2023
Public transport info gaps in Cape Town limit users’ ability to plan and arrive on time and safely
While it's fairly easy for a car owner to hop into their vehicle, turn on their navigation system and head off to a new place, it's a lot more difficult to do that as a public transport user in Cape Town. Information gaps of public transport can severely constrain a person's ability to reach various opportunities in the city, whether that be getting to a job interview in time, meeting with friends on the weekend, or exploring new places.
15 Mar 2023
Study finds obesity in pregnant women could increase risk of poor health for mother and baby
Maternal obesity changes the structure of the placenta (a vital organ that nourishes the baby during pregnancy) more than gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a form of diabetes first occurring in pregnancy. The new insight, published in The Journal of Physiology , adds to the understanding about the mechanisms underlying poor pregnancy outcomes and the subsequent greater risk of poor neonatal and offspring health.
13 Mar 2023
UCT confirms appointment of interim Vice-Chancellor
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Council has announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor Daya Reddy as interim Vice-Chancellor.
13 Mar 2023
A comparative study between two diagnostic interventions uncovers an improved active case finding strategy for TB
A study funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council has found that a low-cost scalable (easy to replicate and start-up) mobile mini-clinic, operated by two health care workers, and containing newer portable battery-operated DNA-based diagnostics (Gene Xpert Edge), was feasible and effective for community-based active case finding of tuberculosis in a resource-poor TB endemic setting.
09 Mar 2023
UCT and University of Bristol announce two initiatives
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Bristol (UoB) have launched two exciting initiates – the UCT-UoB professorship programme and a fellowship programme for early career researchers.
09 Mar 2023
Zuptas, Bain, global complicity and Zondo
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Summer School will host a public lecture by renowned exiled former anti-apartheid leader and United Kingdom cabinet minister, Lord Peter Hain, on Saturday 11 March 2023 at Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building, UCT middle campus.
08 Mar 2023
Climate change played major role in UCT’s April 2021 wildfire - study
Climate change was largely responsible in weather conditions that contributed to the devastating runaway wildfire that gutted large parts of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) upper campus almost two years ago. And as global temperatures soar, wildfire weather conditions as severe as those seen on that fateful day are now 90% more likely to reoccur.
28 Feb 2023
UCT researcher honoured with two prestigious mental health global awards
Professor Petrus de Vries, from the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT) recently received two prestigious international awards for global research and capacity-building in child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health.
24 Feb 2023
Spatiality is critical for human development - study
Spatiality is a potential dimension of human development that needs to be incorporated into the traditional Human Development Index (HDI) because where one resides will most likely determine his or her human development outcomes, a University of Cape Town (UCT) study has found.
23 Feb 2023
Domestic violence during pregnancy linked to structural brain changes in babies
Domestic abuse against women during pregnancy can potentially have a significant impact on how the unborn baby’s brain develops, according to a new study.
21 Feb 2023
National Budget Speech 2023 - UCT expert list
The following academics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) can be contacted by the media for comment on the Budget Speech.
20 Feb 2023
Invite: UCT to host cutting edge human genetics research forum
The African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Human Genetic, Department of Pathology and the Wellcome Connecting Sciences Global Training Programme , is hosting a Young Investigators Research Forum (YIF) in human genetics where researchers in these fields from around the world will present their cutting-edge research as oral presentations and poster presentations.
20 Feb 2023
Breast cancer project provides lifeline for patients by fast-tracking treatment
A cancer project established to plug the gap by providing hope and care to cancer patients finding themselves in long public healthcare system queues, provides a life-saving service with a catch-up surgery programme that operates on Saturdays when theatre spaces are normally not used at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH). Clinicians are also providing their services pro bono.
17 Feb 2023
Access to vital form of contraception received by only 50% of women in Cape Town health facilities
Many women receiving antenatal care in public health services in Cape Town choose bilateral tubal ligation as their preferred method of postpartum contraception during their antenatal course. If the sterilisation does not occur immediately, these women are discharged on an alternative form of contraception and, ideally, an interval date for bilateral tubal ligation is arranged.
16 Feb 2023
Peri-urban Cape Town youth with HIV face social challenges contributing to increased risk of obesity
More than two fifths (41%) of adolescents and youth living with HIV (AYLHIV) across peri-urban Cape Town were found to have abdominal obesity, compared to rates for young people in the general South African population (13.7–22.1%). Various factors ranging from the food and built environment, community, family and individual level factors were found to be associated with abdominal obesity in this population.
15 Feb 2023