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UCT student’s initiative makes parenting pets a walk in the park
University of Cape Town (UCT) student Vuthlarhi Shirindza understands that being a parent to a fur baby is one heck of a demanding task. So, she developed a one-stop virtual pet shop that makes parenting pets a walk in the park.
29 Oct 2021
UCT alum wins Earthshot prize for restoring coral reefs
Trailblazing entrepreneur Gator Halpern, who recently scooped one of the most prestigious environmental awards in history, has credited the University of Cape Town (UCT) for helping to shape his mission to restore dying coral reefs.
28 Oct 2021
UCT student takes crowdfunding to a different level to assist fellow students
As South Africans attempt to cope with the socio-economic effects of mounting unemployment, settling college or university fees is often low on the priority list. As a result, an increasing number of higher education students are taking to social media – imploring the public to fund part of their fees to help them reach graduation day.
27 Oct 2021
Support for overburdened and mentally fatigued teachers and learners in the face of the pandemic
The psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is compounded by the structural and physical violence endemic to society. More than ever before, psychosocial support is critical, for both teachers and learners – especially in communities that face multiple and constant crises, said the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Patti Silbert.
27 Oct 2021
UCT Online High School’s 100 learners to get 100% tuition covered through Sanlam funding
The Sanlam Group has partnered with the UCT Online High School to provide scholarships to talented young South Africans from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
26 Oct 2021
Explaining the super-groups of humpback whales on the west coast of South Africa
Over recent years since 2011 and apparently at random, super-groups of humpback whales ( Megaptera novaeangliae ) ranging from 20 to 200 have been observed in the coastal region of the Southern Benguela current between St Helena Bay and Cape Point on the west coast. The sightings have been reported since then by several members of the public during the months of October, November and through to December.
22 Oct 2021
Scholars develop globally applicable ethical guidelines for ancient DNA research
The rapid growth of ancient DNA research and its impact on archaeology and other fields has prompted calls for developing ethical standards to govern such research .
21 Oct 2021
UCT Council approves in-principle a proposal on vaccination as condition of campus access
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Council has approved in-principle, to take effect as from 1 January 2022, a proposal requiring that all staff (as a condition of being able to perform their duties) and students (as a condition of registration) provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19.
20 Oct 2021
Seabirds accumulate harmful chemicals in their bodies from eating plastic
A new study by an international team of scientists on plastic pollution, and its associated impacts on marine fauna due to chemical contamination, found that many seabirds are likely to accumulate harmful chemicals directly from eating plastic.
19 Oct 2021
Road impacts on ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa is developing rapidly. With growing economies and increased trade, major road infrastructure plans have been developed for the region, which also hosts some of the world’s most unique and diverse ecosystems. A new study by researchers from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria and the University of Cape Town (UCT) published in Environmental Research Letters , set out to analyse the impacts past road projects in the region have had on ecosystems inside and outside protected areas across sub-Saharan Africa.
19 Oct 2021
One in seven patients miss cancer surgery during COVID lockdowns
One in seven cancer patients around the world has missed out on potentially life-saving operations during COVID-19 lockdowns, a new study reveals.
19 Oct 2021
Climate change scientist bags award for expert role on Cape Town drought
Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel, a University of Cape Town (UCT) geographer and climate change adaption expert, has been presented with UCT’s 2020 Social Responsiveness Award for her role in providing expert advice on the City of Cape Town’s drought plans.
18 Oct 2021
COVID-19 led to an increase in depressive and anxiety disorders in women, study finds
A study by a team of international researchers found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in depressive and anxiety disorders in women than men.
18 Oct 2021
SA energy sector has the highest carbon intensity of any G20 nation – Climate Transparency Report 2021
Despite an increased contribution from renewables, South Africa’s energy sector still has the highest carbon-intensity of any G20 nation due to its heavy reliance on coal, according to the latest assessment by Climate Transparency International .
15 Oct 2021
Students apply blockchain technology to solve a societal challenge that matters in global InCube Challenge
In a first for Africa, the InCube Challenge, a global innovation competition for bright young minds, is taking place this week at the V&A Waterfront.
14 Oct 2021
Cocooned: UCT study shows SA students poised for post-covid bounce back
Over 80% of South African students surveyed say they are ready to bounce back once the pandemic subsides. This is according to new research conducted by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing.
14 Oct 2021
UCT hosts engagement sessions on proposed vaccination policy
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host virtual engagements with staff and students this week on the proposed policy on mandatory vaccination at UCT.
13 Oct 2021
Low mortality in COVID-19 patients with diabetes in CTICC field hospital - study
A University of Cape Town (UCT) study on the management of COVID-19 in people living with diabetes (PLWD) at a field hospital shows that despite their multiple comorbidities and increased risk of more severe COVID-19, their clinical outcomes were not significantly different to those of people living without diabetes and diagnosed with the virus.
12 Oct 2021