0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   A A A | Print  Print this page 0

NEWSROOM & PUBLICATIONS

Daily news


Today’s news

Saturday, 27 August 2016

A self-taught artist: Dr Roderick Sauls

A self-taught artist: Dr Roderick Sauls

Starting as an assistant in the Department of Geology, Roddy Sauls’ creative talents led him to become a professional artist and fine art lecturer.

Read more...

‘Feminist’ is not a dirty word

Feminist is not a dirty word

In a move to understand intersectional feminism and to represent black womxn in film, filmmaker Jabu Nadia Newman created The Foxy Five.

Read more...

How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax

Anthidium

Honeyguides have long helped people to find honey. New research reveals that the birds can recognise specific human calls and even actively recruit human partners.

Read more...

Women champion their right to land

Nolundi Luwaya

Nolundi Luwaya is working hard to protect the land rights of women living in rural areas and to put so-called rural issues on the national agenda

Read more...

Apathy among young people stands in the way of Africa’s demographic dividend

political engagement

While political engagement and participation in public life are declining among young Africans, greater civic education may result in an empowered young citizenry that acts for prosperity, peace and development.

Read more...

Secret weapon of a busy dean’s assistant

Freda Williams

Freda Williams has been PA to a succession of four deans and three acting deans in the commerce faculty. It’s a job that demands strong coffee.

Read more...

Diamonds: a scientist's best friend

minerals encased in diamonds

The answers to how and when the continents were formed may be found by studying the traces of minerals encased in diamonds.

Read more...

Flavoursome and hot: VC concert a delight

annual VC’s concert

The annual VC’s concert, which was held over the nights of 17 and 18 August, offered the audiences a sumptuous feast of musical delights.

Read more...

How online courses can bring the world into Africa’s classrooms

online courses

Associate Professor Susan Levine gives us a glimpse into how free online learning has enabled her to enhance the emerging field of medical humanities throughout Africa and the world.

Read more...

‘The pain is still there’: Workers remember Marikana

Marikana massacre

Unity was the abiding theme as students and staff commemorated the Marikana massacre and argued for insourcing a group of former Metro casual workers.

Read more...

Is all ‘engaged scholarship’ socially just?

David Cooper

Engendering social justice is not as simple as including civil society in university research programmes, argues Emeritus Associate Professor David Cooper.

Read more...

Tivaringe’s on the up and up

Tafadzwa Tivaringe

Tafadzwa Tivaringe, a former Careers Services intern and Writing Centre consultant, is jetting to Colorado to start doctoral studies in learning science and human development.

Read more...

Balancing culture and career

Dr Ameeta Jaga

When Dr Ameeta Jaga began researching the work–family interface of South African Hindu women, she didn’t anticipate how it would apply to her own life.

Read more...

Yes you can, is inspiring history teacher’s challenge

Trafalgar High School

Trafalgar High School history teacher Salwa Southgate is this year’s Stella Clark Teachers’ Award winner, nominated by former pupil and first-year BSocSc student Lameez Fredericks.

Read more...

Mpofu tackles SA’s science education crisis

Bathabile Mpofu

MBA student Bathabile Mpofu has launched a science kit which offers a fun experiment per week for the whole year for high school learners.

Read more...

Unpaid women of Marikana prop up the mines

Professor Alison Lewis

The mining sector’s labour system paradoxically depends on, impoverishes and is reproduced by the “invisible labour of countless women”, argues UCT sociologist Asanda Benya.

Read more...

Lewis leads the way among raft of awards

Professor Alison Lewis

One of four UCT winners, Professor Alison Lewis won the Distinguished Woman Scientist – Research and Innovation award at the 2016 Women in Science Awards.

Read more...

Xolisile Thusini: a smashing science success

Xolisile Thusini

Master’s student Xolisile Thusini has been awarded a Tata Master’s Scholarship at the 2016 Women in Science Awards.

Read more...

Finding peace amidst the punches

Rifqah van Schalkwyk

Karate, for all the furious fists and roundhouse kicks, is intensely spiritual – it’s almost religious, says chair of UCT Karate and religious studies scholar Rifqah van Schalkwyk.

Read more...

UCT’s latest free MOOC to catalyse social change

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

A year after launching its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), UCT is offering its sixth free MOOC, which tackles social innovation.

Read more...

Makhi Vincent Rala: a man of hidden talents

Makhi Vincent Rala

As the Bremner building favourite, Makhi Vincent Rala loves meeting and interacting with new people every day. But Rala is secretly a science whizz.

Read more...

The answer, my friend, is rowing in the wind

rowing in the wind

That’s if the question is why ex-UCT rower Jonty Smith didn’t race in the Olympic lightweight double sculls semi-final on Sunday as scheduled.

Read more...

Students by day, entrepreneurs by night

Full-time studying

Full-time studying is enough to keep most UCT students occupied. Not so for the Limelens team, who have developed their start-up in between study sessions.

Read more...

Did a rotating ‘broom’ or gas ejection cause the Milky Way’s giant void?

Italian and South African astronomers

A team of Japanese, Italian and South African astronomers have discovered a giant space in the central regions of our galaxy that is devoid of young stars.

Read more...

Then and now: Citizen scientists document landscape changes

Citizen scientists document landscape changes

A new UCT-led citizen scientist project that uses repeat photography is helping to document changes in the southern African landscape caused by changes in land use and climate.

Read more...

Mistaken identity: Scholar sheds new light on museum

UCT doctoral student Halim Gençoĝlu

UCT doctoral student Halim Gençoĝlu has revealed new information about the original owner of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap Museum, thanks to new readings of Turkish and Cape archival documents.

Read more...

Nwadeyi believes in the future of Africa

Nwadeyi joined the UCT Upstarts programme

Nwadeyi joined the UCT Upstarts programme to hone his entrepreneurial skills and make a difference in Africa.

Read more...

PhD candidate seeks to reduce child labour and promote education

PhD candidate seeks to reduce child labour and promote education

Rebecca Nana Yaa Ayifah, a UCT PhD candidate in economics, has been awarded the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy grant for research into conditional cash transfers as a means of reducing child labour practices in Ghana.

Read more...

Support the artists of tomorrow

Support the artists of tomorrow

UCT’s Faculty of Humanities has produced a new fundraising film to support the performing and creative arts.

Read more...

Duma is a nursing Hall-of-Famer

Duma is a nursing Hall-of-Famer

UCT’s Associate Professor Sinegugu Duma has been inducted into FUNDISA’S Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in Nursing.

Read more...

UCT’s postgrad degrees tackle the complexities of sustainable development

UCT's postgrad degrees tackle the complexities of sustainable development

Harnessing its African networks, UCT is responding to the increasing effects of climate change by spearheading postgraduate education in sustainable development.

Read more...

The Jammie driver with an infectious smile

The Jammie driver with an infectious smile

Nazeem Mobarah joined UCT in 2005 as a Jammie Shuttle driver. Earlier this month he was insourced and became a permanent UCT staff member.

Read more...

Sports rehab clinic for Groote Schuur

Sports rehab clinic for Groote Schuur

UCT’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine has collaborated with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to pioneer a comprehensive sports injury service in the public sector.

Read more...

UCT researchers identify a potent anti-malarial candidate

UCT researchers identify a potent anti-malarial candidate

Researchers from UCT’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre have identified a potent new anti-malarial development candidate.

Read more...

Safe hands: Meet the Sports Science Institute’s new chief

Safe hands: Meet the Sports Science Institute's new chief

The Sports Science Institute’s new head, Dr Phatho Zondi, flies to Rio in August as chief medical officer to our Paralympians.

Read more...

Physio intervention helps arthritis pain management

Physio intervention helps arthritis pain management

Physiotherapy can have a significant effect in managing pain for sufferers of end-stage arthritis and may even alleviate the need for joint surgery.

Read more...

Mhlongo’s fast track to Rio

Mhlongo's fast track to Rio

UCT jumper and sprinter Mpumelelo Mhlongo will run for South Africa at the Paralympic Games in August.

Read more...

Vice-Chancellor’s welcome to insourced staff

Vice-Chancellor's welcome to insourced staff

Nearly 1 000 staff members convened at Jameson Hall on 14 July for an official welcome tea with Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price − and to celebrate being insourced.

Read more...

PhD on military conscripts builds on poetic expression

PhD on military conscripts builds on poetic expression

PhD scholar Stephen Symons’ research on how former South African Defence Force (SADF) conscripts navigate their memories and whiteness in post-apartheid society is built on a master’s in creative writing.

Read more...

Literary accolade for Dowling

Literary accolade for Dowling

UCT’s own Finuala Dowling has won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English literature, including drama, poetry, prose and fiction, for her fourth literary offering, The Fetch.

Read more...

Mpofu is UCT’s rising opera star

Mpofu is UCT's rising opera star

Noluvuyiso Mpofu (25), a member of the Cape Town Opera Studio and recent UCT graduate, came second in the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition at the Artscape on 2 July.

Read more...

Floating university sets sail on ten-day SEAmester voyage

Floating university sets sail on ten-day SEAmester voyage

A total of 41 postgraduate students from 15 South African tertiary institutions will be studying life in the sea during a ten-day voyage on board the SA Agulhas II.

Read more...

There and back again

There and back again

On 1 July 964 service staff – gardeners, cleaners, security guards and caterers − officially became part of UCT. It’s been a long journey for many who were previously outsourced to contract companies servicing the university. But now it’s time to welcome them back. These are their stories.

Read more...