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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Mystery tooth linked to Paul Gauguin

Mystery tooth linked to Paul Gauguin

Dr Petrus le Roux has verified that a molar found in the Marquesas Islands probably belonged to artist Paul Gauguin.

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Kevin Naidoo: Computing, carbohydrates and cancer

Kevin Naidoo - Computing, carbohydrates and cancer

Professor Kevin Naidoo, from UCT’s Scientific Computing Research Unit, is using computational chemistry to clarify the role that carbohydrates play in identifying types of cancer.

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Parliament picket sparks free-education debate

Parliament picket sparks free-education debate

UCT academics led a picket outside Parliament on 22 September for better funding of higher education in South Africa.

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Quadruple awards for UCT brewers

Quadruple awards for UCT brewers

UCT brewers scooped four titles in the SAB Intervarsity Brewing Challenge – top honours going to their playfully named Dunkel Breaking My Heart.

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Heritage tour spotlights city’s little-known slave history

Heritage tour spotlights city's little-known slave history

Amie Soudien’s Heritage Day tour in the city will present narratives around the little-known life of manumitted slave and South African stammoeder Ansla van Bengalen.

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Students present demands at mass meeting

Students present demands at mass meeting

Chief among student demands at a mass meeting on UCT’s upper campus on 19 September was a call to bring back interdicted students and for free, decolonised education.

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UCT in global antimicrobial research

UCT in global antimicrobial research

UCT’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre is one of five drug research organisations invited to participate in a global research project on antimicrobial resistance.

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Lobola and love: a film-maker’s journey

Lobola and love: a film-maker's journey

ICA fellow Sihle Hlophe is exploring the hidden history of the Bantu people through her latest project, Lobola: A Bride’s True Price.

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University fees in South Africa: many questions, lots of anger, and fires to fight

University fees in South Africa: many questions, lots of anger, and fires to fight

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced it is up to the country’s universities to “individually…determine the level of (fee) increase that their institutions require…”. Professor Suellen Shay unpacks Nzimande’s announcement.

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Award-winning paper: ‘Valuing waste and wasting value’

Award-winning paper

Engaging with homeless waste pickers wins Adam van Heeerden, a master’s student in the School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics, a top international research award.

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UCT Upstarts students to ‘re-educate education’

UCT Upstarts students to 're-educate education'

The UCT Upstarts Idea Auction has raised over R1 million in funding and resources to help launch the business ideas of student entrepreneurs.

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MasterCard Foundation scholar wants to develop Lesotho

MasterCard Foundation scholar wants to develop Lesotho

Once he graduates in 2018, Thato Semoko aims to slowly drive change in Lesotho society through small sustainable projects.

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Future of SA water looks brighter

Future of SA water looks brighter

Realising that the water crisis cannot be resolved within individual disciplines, UCT has launched the interdisciplinary Future Water research institute.

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Flying safe with UCT’s legal eagle

Flying safe with UCT's legal eagle

Final-year law student Tamara Thomas is the only female lieutenant colonel at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, as well as being the youngest.

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Same-sex marriage – assimilation or radicalisation?

Same-sex marriage

Banishing the inferiority complex imposed by a society that subjugated LGBTI people is a key part of the intersectional decolonisation project, argues PhD candidate Lwando Scott.

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UCT honours stalwarts

UCT honours stalwarts

UCT will honour staff members who have faithfully served at the university for 15, 25, 35 and 45 years at an annual thanksgiving dinner this week.

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Memorials that go beyond boring statues of big-men-on-bronze-horses

Memorials that go beyond boring statues of big-men-on-bronze-horses

The corner of Longmarket and Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town, is a popular public drinking spot in South Africa’s largest coastal city. Most days you will find college-going young people, vagrants or passersby relaxing under a tree on this corner. The grey concrete bollards patrons sit on tell the story of this place’s popularity.

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