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UCT’s SHAWCO recommits to assisting needy communities
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) has 80 years’ worth of stories to tell; however, the organisation is focusing on what the future should hold.
23 Jan 2023
UCT’s Dr Hendricks appointed youngest president of SA Sports Medicine Association
University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Sharief Hendricks has been appointed president of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) – the first non-sports physician to hold the two-year post .
19 Jan 2023
UCT’s student financial aid support increases by R100 million
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has spent at least R1.9 billion on student financial aid in 2022, which is an increase of R100 million compared to 2021.
19 Jan 2023
Top matric achievers encouraged to choose UCT
As the class of 2022 gears up to receive their matric results this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has urged the country’s top achievers to consider making UCT their university of choice by accepting her offer to become the Vice-Chancellor’s “Blue Carpet” Scholarship recipients.
16 Jan 2023
Illegal wildlife trade continues to threaten African elephants
Illegal killing for ivory continues to threaten African elephants. To help guide responses to the ongoing poaching, a study by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Oxford University sought to uncover what might drive, facilitate, or motivate continent-wide poaching.
13 Jan 2023
T cell receptor repertoires associated with control and disease progression following Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
Researchers from the University of Cape Town-based South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) have just published results from a study using cutting edge-technology to identify new targets for novel TB vaccine candidates.
06 Jan 2023
Groote Schuur Hospital CEO shines spotlight on organisational leadership in PhD
Dr Bhavna Patel will celebrate a decade as chief executive officer (CEO) of Groote Schuur Hospital next year and has decided to shine a spotlight – through her PhD thesis – on how a home-grown leadership development programme (LDP) among the executive leaders at the hospital better capacitated their work.
22 Dec 2022
UCT prolific researcher awarded International Science Council fellowship
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science as a global public good, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Emeritus Professor Mike Meadows has recently been awarded a fellowship of the International Science Council (ISC).
20 Dec 2022
PhD candidate’s innovation to improve health outcomes for women and young girls
Sexual and reproductive ill-health accounts for one third of the global disease burden among women and adolescent girls of reproductive age. Despite many advances in access to healthcare, thousands of women and girls who live in remote, resource-constrained communities still struggle to access the care they need.
19 Dec 2022
Manenberg medical doctor and UCT graduate dreams big for his troubled community
They say every dark cloud has a silver lining. That saying really holds true when one considers the life, experience, and achievements of Dr Randall Ortel, a family physician and occupational medical practitioner, who hails from the drug and gang infested Manenberg in the Cape Flats.
15 Dec 2022
Plain cigarette packaging likely to deter smoking - study
The dangers of smoking are well-known and are no longer contested. Despite this, many smokers struggle to quit smoking. Most smokers regret that they started smoking and want to quit. While quitting smoking is a personal decision, the decision to quit can be influences by external factors.
15 Dec 2022
New research explores validity of task-shifting mental health care in SA
When Nqabisa Faku graduates with her master’s in psychology from the University of Cape Town (UCT) today, the moment will be bittersweet. UCT’s Sarah Baartman Hall will be packed with proud loved ones – cheering and ululating as their graduands take to the stage. But for Nqabisa, things will be different. The moment will be a poignant one.
14 Dec 2022
UCT honouring students at summer graduation ceremonies
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will cap graduands at four ceremonies from Wednesday, 14 December to Thursday, 15 December 2022. The events will take place outside Sarah Baartman Hall on upper campus.
14 Dec 2022
UCT study delves deeper into Khayelitsha's water woes
Doctoral research from the University of Cape Town (UCT) found that treating water as an economic good creates an unjust distribution pattern in which paying customers are prioritised over those who cannot. Consequently, it socially affects how the residents in informal housing also engage with the city when complaining about a broken communal standpipe.
14 Dec 2022
UCT launches Imbizo Yethu - a space for researchers to generate new ideas
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will today launch Imbizo Yethu, a physical space (office trailer) for researchers who work on the topic of “Creation of decent work and sustainable livelihood” to come together.
12 Dec 2022
Global parenting App for wellbeing of children launched in South Africa
The COVID-19 Pandemic highlighted the difficulty in reaching caregivers through in-person programmes due to financial and human resource constraints. To address these challenges, a digital chatbot adaptation of the in-person Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) programme was developed, with the aim to provide universal access to evidence-based parenting support.
09 Dec 2022
Exceptional UCT scholars awarded prestigious scholarship to study at Oxford University
Two University of Cape Town (UCT) graduates are among the 2023 cohort of 10 Rhodes Scholars-elect from the Southern African constituency. Dr Mary Gouws and UCT’s Dr Joshua Fieggen will further their postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom from next year.
08 Dec 2022
UCT trailblazer scientist appointed chief editor of medicinal chemistry journal – a first for Africa
Professor Kelly Chibale, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Neville Isdell Chair in African-centric Drug Discovery and Development, has made history: he is the first editor-in-chief from Africa of an American Chemical Society (ACS) publication.
07 Dec 2022