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Western Cape’s under-fives carry a double burden of malnutrition: stunting and obesity
The Western Cape’s children under the age of five carry a double burden of malnutrition. While the levels of stunting are lower than in the rest of the country, it is still a concern. Obesity levels in the province represent a “very high public health concern”. These are two of the main findings of the recently released Western Cape Stunting Baseline Survey (WCSBS) report.
25 Jul 2023
UCT academic honoured with Royal Meteorological Society Award
University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor of Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Oceanography, Professor Chris Reason, has been announced as one of the international Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) award winners for 2022 in the Geoscience Data Journal (GDJ) Editors’ Award division.
20 Jul 2023
Global surgery strategies, systems crucial to ensuring timely, safe surgery – especially for women
The first rural hospital patient who died on Professor Salome Maswime’s watch precipitated a crisis most young doctors in community service experience. Was it her? Did she lack skills? In fact, she had done all she could, in a situation that was symptomatic of a larger, national crisis in healthcare systems – one reflected globally, and shaped by politics, economics and geography.
20 Jul 2023
New vaping tax misses the mark - UCT experts
The vaping industry has vociferously opposed a new tax on vaping products. But only the largest containers of e-liquid will feel hefty price increases, according to the University of Cape Town (UCT) experts Dr Nicole Vellios and Professor Corné van Walbeek.
18 Jul 2023
One in 10 older adults in SA are subjected to abuse, research finds
Many of South Africa’s older adults are bearing the brunt of abuse, according to research by the University of Cape Town PhD graduand Roxanne Jacobs.
17 Jul 2023
FlexiGyn named joint winner of the coveted Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Edmund Wessels, the brain behind FlexiGyn – a groundbreaking, innovative and easy-to-use gynaecological device, designed to address and improve the health of women on the ground – is one of the joint winners of the 2023 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
13 Jul 2023
Study highlights how young adults perceive risky trips with ride-share services
A study by Jennifer Baufeldt and Professor Marianne Vanderschuren from the University of Cape (UCT) has found a high perception of crime regarding ride-share services.
06 Jul 2023
Invite: Inaugural lecture on global surgical systems
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) will host an inaugural lecture by Professor Salome Maswime on Wednesday, 12 July.
05 Jul 2023
Knowledge powerhouses urged to join mission to level up global research and restore Africa to its rightful place
Global institutions are today, Wednesday 5 July 2023, being called on to back a bold, transformative plan for Africa to take its rightful role in research alliances, driving forward social justice, advancing science, and supercharging global scholarship.
05 Jul 2023
UCT to host Health Deputy Minister for Nelson Mandela/Fidel Castro medical students graduation
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a two-day Joint Academic Meeting (JAM) of Deans from South African and Cuban Medical Schools, led by Deputy Minister of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, on Wednesday, 5 July and Thursday, 6 July 2023.
05 Jul 2023
UCT’s dean of science takes a bow
Four years after taking up a position as the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Maano Ramutsindela has stepped down to return to his first love: research and teaching.
03 Jul 2023
Media reports on crimes against children focus on emotion rather than facts – study
Acknowledging that the advent of mass media has been one of the most significant developments in shaping the world as we know it today, recent University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate Dr Sisanda Nkoala wanted to understand how that shaping occurs and what it persuades us of.
29 Jul 2022
UCT researcher receives two international awards for work in HIV associated lymphoma
University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher Dr Katherine Antel has been selected by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) to receive the 2022 ASH Global Research Award to support her work in HIV associated lymphoma (a type of cancer). Antel is one of 13 talented early-career investigators selected for this honour.
28 Jul 2022
Exceptional KwaZulu-Natal physics teacher wins UCT 2022 Stella Clark Award
Using tangible examples to teach a complex subject like physics – in a resource-constrained school to a class of matric learners who have continuously underperformed in the subject – is no simple task. But for Nonkululeko Sibisi, the recipient of the 2022 Stella Clark Teachers’ Award, who epitomises servant leadership, compassion and patience, this unique teaching methodology is second nature.
27 Jul 2022
Professor Phakeng named Top 10 finalist for inaugural Africa Education Medal
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been named a Top 10 finalist for the new Africa Education Medal , launched this year by T4 Education in collaboration with HP and Intel.
27 Jul 2022
Artwork showcasing reimagined UCT Jagger Library goes on display
The process of reimagining the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Jagger Library that required input from various stakeholders, including members of the public, has now been concluded. The work will be on display in the Molly Blackburn Hall on UCT’s upper campus on Thursday, 28 July. The display will take place between 13:00 and 14:30, members of the public are welcome to attend.
27 Jul 2022
Boys in poorest study environments more anxious about mathematics - study
New research by a PhD graduate at the University of Cape Town (UCT) found boys in the poorest study environments to have higher mathematics anxiety and poorer mathematics performance than boys in more stable study environments.
26 Jul 2022
Regulatory challenges on cross-border mopane worm trade affects livelihoods in southern Africa
Until now, not much has been known about the importation of mopane worms ( Masonja ) into South Africa as a massive business which attracts many harvesters and exporters across many communities in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
25 Jul 2022