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Sunday, 20 April 2014

SHAWCO praised for 70 years of good work

Shawco cocktailSHAWCO volunteers and staff were lauded for their efforts to improve the lives of others last night at a cocktail function hosted by Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price in celebration of the organisation's 70th anniversary this year. Read more ...


Teaching should evolve to meet changing student needs - panel

Professor Ben Turok Teaching at UCT needed to keep up with the needs of a country and continent battling to transform and banish the ills of colonialism and apartheid. This was one of the opinions expressed at a panel discussion held at the university on 26 August, entitled 'Responding to Student Needs at UCT' on the table. Read more ...


South Africa ill-prepared for influenza pandemic - expert

Professor Ed RybickiSouth Africa would be left to fend for itself in the event of a pandemic viral outbreak, said UCT's Professor Ed Rybicki to an audience of academics, government officials and the general public. Speaking at UCT's first Café Scientifique in July, the molecular biologist led discussions about the state of medical virology in South Africa and worldwide, focusing particularly on vaccine-production. Read more ...


UCT students excel at international maths competition

Maths competitionThe UCT flag flew high in Bulgaria at a recent international maths competition, where the university achieved a ranking higher than some of its top international counterparts. The university's ranking at 18th saw it ahead of Yale (25th) and Cambridge (32nd). Read more ...


Blackburn calls for new paradigm in healthcare sector

Professor Jonathan BlackburnIt is time for a new paradigm in the healthcare sector, one where the cost of new drugs is not crippling and diseases are treated in a far more nuanced manner than currently is the case. That was the thrust of UCT Professor Jonathan Blackburn's inaugural lecture on 21 August, and the medical biochemist is leading the charge into a bright new era. Read more ...


Sold on the river

Liesbeek river clean upUCT's Green Campus Initiative and Friends of the Liesbeeck rolled up their sleeves in mercifully good weather on Friday 23 August to clear a section of the wetland along the Liesbeeck River in Mowbray, now choked by encroaching Common Reed (Phragmites australis). Read more ...


SHAWCO project in Manenberg resumes

STAR projectSHAWCO's STAR project in Manenberg resumed on Tuesday after it was cancelled last week due to an upsurge of gang violence in the area. According to Jonathan Hoffenberg, SHAWCO Education Co-ordinator, the cancellation of the project was in solidarity with the Manenberg community. Read more ...


Heart rhythm procedure a first for Red Cross Hospital

Red Cross HospitalA nine-year-old girl with heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmia) recently became the first child to have successful non-surgical correction of the abnormal electrical circuit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. Read more ...


Women's Day is cause for mourning, says UCT

we say enoughThe University of Cape Town will fly its flag at half-mast on Friday, 9 August 2013 to protest against the unchecked rise of violent crime against women and children in South Africa. The university’s website will be blacked out for the same reason. Read more ...


Bursary boost for key health service

RB Marjorie McIntosh BursaryPostgraduate nursing studies at UCT received a major boost with a bursary fund worth R1 million established by alumnus Noel McIntosh. McIntosh and his family were honoured with the Chancellor's certificate of award and the Chancellor's Gold Circle Giving Pin - bestowed on UCT's biggest donors - on 7 July. Read more ...


Obama visit: Universities are key to guarding democracy and development, says Price

VC - Dr Max PriceBarack Obama’s visit to South Africa is rich in symbolism and this may be one reason he chose to speak at the University of Cape Town, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price said in his address (Read the full speech here.) ahead of the US President’s speech in Jameson Hall on Sunday, 30 June 2013. Read more ...


Youth can change Africa's destiny, Obama tells UCT

President Barack ObamaWhile United States President Barack Obama has begun developing further economic ties with South Africa, his speech delivered in a tightly-packed Jameson Hall at UCT last night sent out a loud-and-clear message to students and other young South Africans: that Africa’s fate is in their hands, writes Tanya Farber. Read more ...


Cold snap no contest for Obama

Obama eventAn icy South-Easter and a queue that seemed to stretch forever were not enough to put off throngs of visitors jostling to see US President Barack Obama's historic address in UCT's Jameson Hall on Sunday. And few, it seems, were disappointed. Warm applause and nods of approval from the crowd punctuated his speech from the moment he took to the lectern just after 18h00. Read more ...


The Baxter Theatre Centre's hit play

Mies JulieThe Baxter Theatre Centre's hit play Mies Julie, written and directed by Yael Farber, has come home from a record-breaking international tour to sell-out performances on its home turf. Read more ...


UCT Graduate School of Business gets crowning glory

GSB storyThe University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business (GSB) has received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), making it one of the few business schools in the world to hold the prestigious title of being 'triple-crown' accredited. Read more ...


Phil Gutsche "On being a successful Coca-Cola bottler"

Philipp Gutsche (centre) with Daryl Burman, Chair of the PE Alumni Chapter (left) and Brian Klopper, Deputy Chair (right) Along with the Port Elizabeth alumni chapter, we at DAD recently had the honour of hosting an Alumni Leadership Forum with Mr Philipp Gutsche, former CEO, and current non-executive Chairman of Coca-Cola Sabco.

In his informative and succinct way, Mr Gutsche spoke about his business journey, which started while, as a Commerce student at UCT, he would work as a driver-salesman at the SA Bottling Company during vacations.

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Some Enchanted Evening

Enchanted EveningOn Wednesday, 5 June, as the first of the winter cold fronts for this year subsided and the rain clouds parted, the scene was set at UCT's College of Music for ‘An Enchanted Evening of Opera’.

Opera Campaign Champion, Ms Aviva Pelham, joined Opera School Director, Prof Kamal Khan, in introducing guests to a sample of the talent that is nurtured at UCT.

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Phonathon connects current students with alumni

UCT Connect phonathon 2013

Since the first of June, the Weston Room at the Baxter residence computer lab has been transformed into a "calling hub," buzzing with the sound of lively conversations between current students and alumni, in aid of the Development and Alumni Department's 2013 Phonathon, now titled "UCT Connect."

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