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Former TRC commissioner Yasmin Sooka to discuss why apartheid-era crimes are yet to be prosecuted
In her lecture titled, “Unfinished Business of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)”, former TRC commissioner and human rights lawyer Yasmin Sooka will focus on why nobody has been prosecuted under the Crime of Apartheid and how denial persists in our country that apartheid was declared a crime against humanity and that the apartheid state was a criminal state.
05 Aug 2021
Top chartered accountant to join UCT as finance executive director
The University of Cape Town has appointed Vincent Mohau Motholo as the new Executive Director: Finance. He will take up the position on 1 October 2021.
04 Aug 2021
UCT Women’s month expert list
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment during Women’s month.
03 Aug 2021
A recipe for home grown vaccines in plants – water, light and sugar
A new collaborative study undertaken between the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) and the University of Southampton’s Glycoprotein Therapeutics Laboratory has shed new light on how vaccine production in plants is impacted by the host plant machinery.
02 Aug 2021
Miss South Africa 2020 among inspirational speakers at UCT’s virtual Women’s Day event
Miss South Africa 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida, will be among accomplished and inspirational women on the University of Cape Town’s programme for the virtual Women’s Day event under the theme, ‘Social responsiveness and internationalisation’.
30 Jul 2021
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘Theory, a kind of idolatry’
A discussion that explored the “idolatry of theory: a defence of storytelling”, took centre stage during the second University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) Open Lecture for the year on Wednesday, 28 July.
29 Jul 2021
UCT drug discovery trailblazer honoured among innovative black biotech leaders
Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), has been named among 22 rising black biotech leaders in the Timmerman Report , published in the United States (US). Professor Chibale is the only Africa‑based scientist included in the group.
28 Jul 2021
Western Cape Government recognises UCT occupational health specialist with service excellence award
Dr Itumeleng Ntatamala, occupational medicine specialist and senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences, was recently awarded silver in the category ‘Inspirational Support Employee’ in the Western Cape Government’s (WCG) 2020 Service Excellence Awards.
26 Jul 2021
UCT introduces new law and leadership scholarship
The Everard and Joan MacFarlane Family Leadership Scholarship for University of Cape Town (UCT) law students was launched recently. More than just a funding grant, the R15 million endowment aims to support students who display both academic excellence and leadership skills, through a holistic faculty‑based programme.
23 Jul 2021
Lockdown is taking a toll on mental health of pregnant women, study finds
COVID-19 lockdown is taking a toll on the mental health of pregnant women living in low-resource settings, suggests new study published in the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology journal.
22 Jul 2021
UCT student crowned canoe ocean racing world champion
University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student Nicholas Notten won the Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships that were held in Lanzarote, Spain, from 4 to 6 July 2021. The world championships drew more than 250 competitors across multiple divisions from juniors up to masters from over 20 countries.
22 Jul 2021
Infants born to HIV-positive mothers more likely to require ICU admission, study finds
A new study from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research shows that HIV-negative infants born to HIV-positive mothers who are on antiretroviral treatment (ART) are more likely to require intensive care unit (ICU) admission.
21 Jul 2021
UCT becomes first university in Africa to launch an online high school
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched an online high school, becoming the first university on the African continent to extend its expertise and impact to the secondary school sector through an innovative online modality.
21 Jul 2021
UCT selects first Uyinene Mrwetyana Scholarship recipient
“God, let it be positive,” is what Luhlanganiso Majebe remembers muttering under her breath as a new email popped into her inbox. The sender was Associate Professor Shose Kessi, the dean of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Humanities, and as luck would have it, good news was the order of the day.
20 Jul 2021
‘Coloured’ men are more than a violent stereotype
People come to identify with where they live and are in turn are shaped by these places and spaces and shape those places and spaces too.
20 Jul 2021
UCT to make announcement on major education milestone
The University of Cape Town will host an official virtual press conference to announce a major education milestone.
20 Jul 2021
African women of childbearing age with diabetes at high risk of cardiovascular disease
New research by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) PhD graduate in Medicine, Tawanda Chivese, found that one in every 11 African women of childbearing age had type 2 diabetes and were at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
20 Jul 2021
Mother-daughter duo graduate in remarkable family milestone
This July graduation season at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is a particularly important milestone for Alison Geduld and Savannah Steyn, as mother and daughter celebrate their achievements, cheered on by the youngest Dakota Steyn, a third-year student at the university.
19 Jul 2021