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EVENTS

The Land Occupation as a Tactic: Community Organisation and Contentious Politics in Lower Crossroads, Cape Town, by Rayner Teo
05 May

UCT Symphonic Wind Ensemble
05 May

Routes/Roots
06 May

Teaching with Visuals - Part 2
06 May

Monitoring the HIV epidemic through prevalence, mortality and incidence, by Prof Rob Dorrington
07 May

'The Fire Below': Towards a New Study of literatures and cultures (in English), by Victoria Collis-Buthelezi
07 May

Teaching with Visuals - Part 2
08 May

Using PowerPoint Effectively for Teaching and Learning
11 May

Children's poetry: a conversation
11 May

Chris Hani: A Biography, by Hugh Macmillan
11 May

Transform UCT

statue

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, 5 May 2015

Affordable heart valves to help rheumatic heart disease sufferers

Peter Zilla

Cardiac surgery techniques and technology were driven, in the 1960s in Europe and America, by the high death toll from rheumatic heart disease (RHD). In the 1970s the global burden of disease changed and RHD all but disappeared in the global north, however it continues to kill hundreds of thousands in the developing world. A locally developed heart valve is set to change that.

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Postgrads showcase winning research

Postgrads showcase

The very nature of the university as we know it is changing, Dr Marilet Sienaert, executive director of the Research Office, said at the recent UCT Postgraduate Research Expo.

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UCT researchers shine in prestigious health awards

HIV/Aids

South African universities, including UCT, have received significant awards – a total of US$8-million in the first year – to support research targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV-related disorders and cancers.

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Campus trees on the mend after ring-barking

Fynbos

The three camphor trees along Stanley Road on middle campus that were stripped of their bark in December last year are responding well to treatment after arborist and conservation forester Riaan van Zyl applied "tree paste" to the stems.

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New system aids drought predictions in biodiverse regions

Fynbos

Climate-change-induced drought is threatening the world's biodiversity hotspots; but a new, standardisable system to describe drought strategies in plants will help conservationists understand the impact of future drought, says a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Confucius Institute: A bridge between Africa and China

Assoc Prof Shengyong Qin

Not only is China Africa's largest trading partner, but nearly 1.2 billion people (around 16% of the world's population) speak some form of Chinese as their first language. Thanks to the Confucius Institute, UCT students can emerge from their studies fluent in Chinese language and culture, and prepared to engage with the role this growing economic powerhouse plays on the continent.

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Latest Newsbyte

Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsOrder of Luthuli (Silver) for Frankel

Bill Frankel, OBE, a long-time benefactor of UCT and chair of the Claude Leon Foundation, has been awarded the Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the South African government. This national order recognises his anti-apartheid activities, with particular reference to his involvement with Canon Collins' International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF).

Frankel was responsible for overseeing and secretly channelling funds into Southern Africa to pay for the legal costs of almost every political trial during the apartheid years. National orders are usually conferred annually on Freedom Day, but this year's ceremony was postponed to mourn those who died in the recent xenophobic violence.

The Claude Leon Foundation is one of UCT's Platinum funders (those who have donated over R50 million to UCT over the years). A grandson of Claude Leon, Frankel was born in South Africa and an alumnus of UCT. He is also a recipient of a Vice-Chancellor's Silver Medal for his services to human rights, constitutionalism, education and philanthropy.

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