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PhD graduate on a mission to advance astronomy education in Africa
Dr Tshiamiso Makwela recently graduated with a doctorate in Astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and she wants to advance astronomy education in Africa through her research work.
18 Aug 2022
Supporting adolescent mothers - psychosocial and mental health needs
It’s possible for adolescent mothers to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives with their loved ones. And providing them with adequate support that takes their needs and desires into consideration will help to accelerate this, according to University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Elona Toska.
18 Aug 2022
Depression: caregivers of perinatally acquired HIV adolescents at high risk
A first-of-its-kind study by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) mental health experts found that caregivers of perinatally acquired HIV (PHIV) adolescents were at high risk of depression. According to experts, the findings highlight the need for adequate intervention strategies to provide resources and social support to caregivers to improve their mental health.
17 Aug 2022
UCT isiXhosa project connects historically excluded people to geological heritage
In South Africa, English is a first language for under 10% of the population, yet it dominates scientific discourse, alienating huge numbers of people.
17 Aug 2022
Intricacies of African customary marriages expose women to discriminatory practices - study
Lobola creates rigid gender roles, skewed beliefs of entitlement and ownership of women’s lives and bodies, as well as asymmetrical power relations. This is what Dr Pretty Mubaiwa, a recent PhD graduate, found based on her research, which critically interrogates the relationship between culture, violence against women (VAW), and the practice of human rights in Africa.
17 Aug 2022
UCT honours renowned women’s health champion in South Africa
Former head of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the director of the university’s Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre (GCRC), Lynette Denny, was recently given a special thanksgiving event to honour and celebrate her decades of service to the women of low- and middle-income countries.
16 Aug 2022
Community partnerships key in preventing violence against women and children
Professor Shanaaz Mathews, the director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Children’s Institute, dedicated her inaugural address as a full professor to the women and children who have lost their lives to violence. Her lecture titled, “Preventing violence against children and violence against women: Mapping intersections and finding solutions in the Global South”, focused on how beyond legislation, transformative community partnerships are needed too.
15 Aug 2022
UCT-led clinic in Khayelitsha at the forefront in fight against cervical cancer
As it intended almost three decades ago, the Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project (KCCSP) has touched and changed the lives of thousands of women and adolescent girls living in Khayelitsha. The clinic is one of the community’s most prized possessions – bringing renewed hope in the global fight against cervical cancer.
11 Aug 2022
SA’s language learning policy needs to include African languages at universities
African-language-speaking students at South African universities must enjoy the same learning privileges afforded to English- and Afrikaans-speaking students. Changing South Africa’s language learning policy is crucial to this process and a fundamental step towards decolonising the education curricula in higher education institutions in the country.
10 Aug 2022
Safeguarding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
10 Aug 2022
UCT to open newly renovated cervical cancer screening site in Khayelitsha
In an effort to prevent cervical cancer, the University of Cape Town (UCT) will on Monday, 8 August, open a newly renovated Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project (KCCSP) site.
05 Aug 2022
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.
05 Aug 2022
Africa’s most affordable Cambridge international qualification launched by UCT Online High School
A year since being launched, and some 5 000 CAPS learners later, the University of Cape Town Online High School (UCT OHS) is immensely pleased to be able to offer an additional curriculum in the form of the Cambridge Assessment International Education — the most affordable Cambridge International qualification in Africa at R3 300 per month!
03 Aug 2022
UCT VC to make another milestone announcement
Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng will make an announcement on a major education milestone for UCT, South Africa and the African continent at a virtual media conference to be hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the UCT Online High School.
03 Aug 2022
UCT professor wins award for commitment to safe and secure transport at ‘Science Oscars’
University of Cape Town (UCT) professor in Transport Planning and Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, Marianne Vanderschuren, recently won the Special Annual Theme Award: Basic Science and Sustainable Development at the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South 32 awards.
02 Aug 2022
Media reports on crimes against children focus on emotion rather than facts – study
Acknowledging that the advent of mass media has been one of the most significant developments in shaping the world as we know it today, recent University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate Dr Sisanda Nkoala wanted to understand how that shaping occurs and what it persuades us of.
29 Jul 2022
UCT researcher receives two international awards for work in HIV associated lymphoma
University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher Dr Katherine Antel has been selected by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) to receive the 2022 ASH Global Research Award to support her work in HIV associated lymphoma (a type of cancer). Antel is one of 13 talented early-career investigators selected for this honour.
28 Jul 2022
Exceptional KwaZulu-Natal physics teacher wins UCT 2022 Stella Clark Award
Using tangible examples to teach a complex subject like physics – in a resource-constrained school to a class of matric learners who have continuously underperformed in the subject – is no simple task. But for Nonkululeko Sibisi, the recipient of the 2022 Stella Clark Teachers’ Award, who epitomises servant leadership, compassion and patience, this unique teaching methodology is second nature.
27 Jul 2022