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EVENTS

Earth Bound Film Series: Overwhelmingly Ordinary
07 Jul - 17 Jul

Blended learning with Vula: review and revise – Part 1
08 Jul

Residual Method of Property Valuation
09 Jul - 10 Jul

UCT Choir in Concert with the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University
10 Jul

13th Annual Meeting of the Primate Ecology and Genetics Group SA
11 Jul - 12 Jul

Business Writing Course for Professionals
13 Jul - 15 Jul

The Playground presents Whateverland?
13 Jul - 17 Jul

UCT Social Responsiveness Student Conference
13 Jul - 16 Jul

An introduction to Lessons – a Vula tool for structuring your course (online)
14 Jul

Climate Change and the Smallholder in Africa – IFADs Response – Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programmes
15 Jul

Transform UCT

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What started as a question around whether UCT should continue to house a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on its campus has become a much larger movement for change, a call to re-imagine and re-engage with what a transformed African and South African university looks like – whether in terms of its ethos, curriculum, research, symbols, policies or demographics.

UPDATE: While the Rhodes statue has been temporarily removed, UCT is applying for its permanent removal – a process that involves a public consultation process. Mail rhodes.statue@chand.co.za to comment on this final step.

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IN THE NEWS

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Vitamin D supplementation might slow down HIV progression – UCT study

Sunshine is a source of Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplementation may reverse seasonal nutritional deficiency and slow down HIV progression in Cape Town, according to a UCT study that was recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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UCT opera stars in international Belvedere finals

34th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2015

On Saturday (4 July), four UCT singers, three alumni and a student from the Opera School at the South African College of Music, will compete in the finals of the 34th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2015 in Amsterdam.

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Student leaders at the heart of the socially responsive campus

Mandela Day

How can universities harness the power of student leadership without it being tantamount to "putting a pin on a butterfly"? This was among the questions raised at a recent seminar on the topic of student leadership at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

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Master's student has her say in 'science pop idols'

Stevie Biffen

UCT master's student Stevie Biffen represented South Africa in the FameLab international competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.

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Business development training at UCT empowers taxi operators

City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town is providing business development training facilitated by the University of Cape Town to taxi operators from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has announced in a statement.

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New dinosaur from South Africa gets Sesotho name

Sefapanosaurust

South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new early dinosaur from South Africa. The specimen was found in the late 1930s in the Zastron area of South Africa, about 30km from the Lesotho border.

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Latest Newsbyte

Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsUCT opera star wins Belvedere competition

Tenor Levy Sekgapane of UCT's Opera School has won the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2015 finals, held in Amsterdam on 4 July.

Among his prizes, Sekgapane has been awarded opera engagements (if roles are available) at the Aalto Theater und Philharmonie Essen, the Festliche Operngala der Deutschen AIDS-Stiftung and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona. The opera jury donated these. He also won the Wil Keune Prize, donated by the media jurors.

Sekgapane was one of four UCT singers (three alumni and a student from the Opera School at the South African College of Music), who competed in the finals. They accounted for more than a quarter of this year's 15 finalists from countries as diverse as South Korea, Canada, the US, Georgia, Russia, Finland, Slovenia and Norway.

The competition has been a springboard for world-renowned stars such as UCT alumna Pretty Yende, who won the first prize for opera in 2009.

The finals of the next competition will be held in Cape Town in 2016.

Photo caption: UCT's Opera School tenor Levy Sekgapane (middle) has won the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2015. He is flanked by runners-up soprano Lise Davidsen of Norway and tenor Ki Hun Park of South Korea.

Story by Helen Swingler. Photo courtesy of the 34th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2015.

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