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Young innovator to represent UCT at Falling Walls Lab finals in Germany
University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate Emma Horn is set to contest at the Falling Walls Lab world finals in Berlin in November. Horn’s ‘green’ bio-tile innovation won the South African finals of the competition. Her research into bio-tiles is set to shake up the fossil-fuel-reliant ceramic tile and construction industries.
06 Oct 2022
For the love of teaching: Why three graduates decided to become teachers
This World Teachers Day, 5 October, three graduates of the University of Cape Town (UCT) one-year Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) shared what inspired them to become teachers after following different paths.
05 Oct 2022
UCT competition unleashes entrepreneurial potential in students
Eight business ideas were presented to judges during the finals of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) The Pitch, held at the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) recently, with the top three finalists taking home prizes geared towards helping them grow their businesses.
30 Sep 2022
Telemedicine increases access to safe abortion care – new research
Ground-breaking research into accessing safe abortion services in South Africa has revealed that telemedicine abortion is safe and effective, and a viable alternative to the conventional medical procedure, especially for women in under-resourced settings.
29 Sep 2022
Invite: Conference on Liver Disease in Africa
The Conference on Liver Disease in Africa (COLDA) 2022 is aimed at empowering healthcare professionals (HCPs) to diagnose, prevent, treat, and achieve a cure for liver diseases for the benefit of patients in Africa.
28 Sep 2022
Early modern humans in Africa used high-tech adhesives extracted from a local conifer
In the Middle Stone Age, early Homo sapiens in South Africa used glue made from local Podocarpus trees to attach stone tools to wooden spears. This glue has excellent adhesive properties and can only be produced in an elaborate process, according to scientists from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Tübingen, who mapped out the production in a study published in the latest edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .
28 Sep 2022
Study finds HIV-positive cervical cancer patients face higher mortality rate
New research has found that HIV-positive cervical cancer patients receiving cancer treatment within six months of diagnosis face a higher risk of death from any cause than those who do not live with HIV.
27 Sep 2022
Unveiling a new large-bodied sabretooth cat that roamed the West Coast of South Africa
New research sheds light on carnivoran diversity and diseases that afflicted sabretooth cats over five-million-years-ago. The fossils studied were from the Mio-Pliocene (5.2 million years ago) fossil site called Langebaanweg (West Coast Fossil Park) on the West Coast of South Africa where at least three different types of sabretooth cats have been recovered.
27 Sep 2022
UCT’s art curators aim for Africa-centred, representative collection
At the centre of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) cultural heritage is a disparate 1 400-piece art collection by over 700 artists, accumulated over decades. Some works have been donated, some acquired, and others bequeathed. But there are glaring gaps in the collection that must be addressed, said the Works of Art Collection (WOAC) committee chairperson, Associate Professor Nomusa Makhubu.
23 Sep 2022
Heritage Day: reflecting on the knowledge systems of the Khoi and San
Associate Professor June Bam-Hutchison found out her mother could speak Khoekhoegowab when the matriarch was in her 70s. Until then, ausi May’s ability to speak in clicks and the reason she bore two striped knowledge marks on her left upper arm were hidden, never spoken of.
23 Sep 2022
UCT researcher awarded first African Google PhD fellowship for his 5G in healthcare research
University of Cape Town (UCT) electrical engineering student Humphrey Owuor Otieno has been awarded the first African Google PhD Fellowship under the Systems and Networking subcategory.
21 Sep 2022
Raising awareness on childhood cancers save lives
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Associate Professor Marc Hendricks is leading an important nationwide call for action: to increase much-needed awareness on childhood cancers to catapult early diagnosis and treatment and improve outcomes for children living with cancer in the country, on the continent and around the world.
20 Sep 2022
BATSA's 70% illicit cigarette trade estimate is wrong - UCT study
In August 2022, British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) announced that the illicit cigarette trade in the past year comprised 70% of the total market in South Africa. But according to a new study by University of Cape Town's (UCT) PhD candidate Nicole Vellios, BATSA's estimate is wrong. These results were published in an article in Econ3x3 , the online economic policy publication housed at UCT’s Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).
20 Sep 2022
WC healthcare workers experienced high levels of burnout and anxiety amid COVID-19
When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020, the Western Cape soon experienced rapid growth in the number of cases, establishing it as the epicentre of the disease in the country. Now, a new study shows that healthcare workers in the province experienced high levels of uncertainty, restriction, fear, anxiety, and exhaustion.
16 Sep 2022
Dean of UCT’s largest faculty charts path for transformation
Professor Suki Goodman’s appointment to lead the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Commerce, also the university’s largest faculty, came into effect on 1 January 2022, and eight months have passed at full speed. Lucky for Goodman, a professor in organisational psychology , it has been nothing but positive, exponential learning.
15 Sep 2022
UCT’s Irma Stern Museum to showcase selected Grade 11 learners Art works
To commemorate their 50th anniversary, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Irma Stern Museum partnered with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to invite Grade 11 learners doing Visual Art and Design to participate in a “Rethinking Irma Stern” project.
15 Sep 2022
UCT names maiden Rhodes Must Fall Scholarship recipient
In a landmark moment for the University of Cape Town (UCT), the institution has named student activist and Master’s candidate, Ayabulela Mhlahlo, as the first recipient of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) Scholarship.
09 Sep 2022
Nearly 50% of digital labour platform workers fear for their safety – report finds
Digital labour platform workers are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet, putting additional pressure on them to accept work that carries a high risk of exposure to criminal activity. The fourth Fairwork report for South Africa, released on 8 September 2022 by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Information Technology, found that nearly 50% of workers fear for their safety.
09 Sep 2022