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South Africa’s first youth violence-prevention centre gets green light
University of Cape Town (UCT) student and community activist Zukile Ntentema has set the wheels in motion to establish the first youth violence-prevention centre on home soil. This example of an anti-crime initiative successfully adopted in the Global North will be housed at UCT, and will support government, law enforcement agencies and civil society to effectively monitor crime trends in the Mother City, and to inform new, targeted crime prevention strategies aimed at the youth.
01 Jun 2023
UCT’s Child Protection Week 2023 expert list
The following academics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) can be contacted by the media for comment during Child Protection Week 2023.
31 May 2023
Study finds trading time restrictions for onsite alcohol retailers in Western Cape will save lives
A team of researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT), led by Samantha Filby, recently collaborated with the DG Murray Trust to conduct a modelling study that estimated the health and economic impacts of restricting the trading hours of retailers selling alcohol for onsite consumption in the Western Cape.
31 May 2023
Groundbreaking study shows lifesaving solution dramatically reduces severe bleeding after childbirth
A new solution, known as E-MOTIVE, could provide a major breakthrough in reducing deaths from childbirth-related bleeding, according to a landmark study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine .
31 May 2023
More than one in 10 adults in urban South Africa have tried e-cigarettes, survey finds
Ahead of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May, a new survey, the South African E-Cigarette Survey 2022, has revealed that more than one in 10 (11.3%) adults in urban South Africa have tried e-cigarettes, and 4% of adults were regular e-cigarette users at the time of the survey.
30 May 2023
UCT academics named amongst the cream of South African “Science Oscars”
Twelve University of Cape Town (UCT) academics have been selected as finalists in multiple categories in the 2022/2023 NSTF-South32 Awards – testament to their groundbreaking work in the fields of science, engineering and technology (SET) nationally and abroad.
29 May 2023
UCT, Department of Social Development to launch ASSIST app
The University of Cape Town (UCT), in partnership with the Department of Social Development (DSD), will launch the pilot of a web app – the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Tool (ASSIST) – at Groote Schuur Hospital on Monday, 29 May 2023.
29 May 2023
New research on Sutherland Nine remains digs deeper into their lives, deaths
Newly published research by a multidisciplinary research team from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and other partner institutions has dug deeper into and revealed insights into the lives of the Sutherland Nine, who were donated unethically to UCT in the 1920s.
25 May 2023
UCT study finds that Cradle of Humankind site is much younger than thought
New evidence shows that South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind site, pegged at four million years old, is much younger than was previously thought. This brings the narrative of its antiquity into question. The finding follows multidisciplinary investigations at Bolt’s Cave at this World Heritage Site, which has been dated to 2.27-1.70 million years old, almost two million years younger than previous research had assumed.
17 May 2023
A red flag for ecosystem health: Study finds metal contamination in caracals blood
A new study by researchers at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild) has revealed that caracals are exposed to multiple metal pollutants, including heavy metals and metalloids.
17 May 2023
Australian and SA scientists unravel growth patterns of giant wombat-like animals from ancient Australian rainforests
Fifteen million years ago, giant wombat-like animals lived in the canopy of lowland Australian rainforests. These huge herbivorous marsupials, called Nimbadon lavarackorum, weighed about 70kg.
16 May 2023
UCT retains top spot in Africa on CWUR rankings
The University of Cape Town (UCT) remains the best university in Africa and has been ranked at 267th position, up three places from last year, by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) in their 2023 Global 2000 list, which was published on 15 May 2023.
15 May 2023
UCT tuberculosis researcher elected Fellow of the Royal Society
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Valerie Mizrahi is among the 80 outstanding researchers, innovators and communicators from around the world who have been elected as the newest Fellows of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences and the oldest science academy in continuous existence.
10 May 2023
UCT to host in-person Open Day
The University of Cape Town will host the annual UCT Open Day on Saturday, 13 May 2023 from 10:00 to 15:00.
08 May 2023
UCT opera star to sing at King Charles III's coronation
She has the voice of an angel, and it will grace the coronation of a king and his queen in Westminster Abbey on 6 May. University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Pretty Yende’s story is a triumph of talent over adversity – and the transformation of the Eurocentric, elitist world of opera.
03 May 2023
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