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Thursday, 28 July 2016

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.

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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 launch a comprehensive sports injury service at a flagship public hospital.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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An open letter to university students: your vote matters

An open letter to university students: your vote matters

Dean of Law Penny Andrews writes to encourage university students to vote in the elections, outlining seven key considerations for doing so.

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Got some music in you? Bring it to the UCT Live Room

Got some music in you? Bring it to the UCT Live Room

The UCT Live Room gives talented musicians a chance to record top-class original music and showcase their creations online.

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It’s been a marathon for Witbooi

It's been a marathon for Witbooi

For the first time in nearly 12 years, campus security officer Riaan Witbooi will now be able to use his super power to great effect as a bona fide UCT staff member.

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Champion of women and girls’ rights

Champion of women and girls' rights

In Kelebogile Simula’s home in Bobonong village, Botswana, conversations about sexual and reproductive health and rights are taboo. But her viewpoint changed when she volunteered as a global youth ambassador for education in her community.

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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.

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Multilingualism meets open-access in trailblazing teaching intervention

Multilingualism meets open-access in trailblazing teaching intervention

LearnAccounting and Jumpstart are two successful teaching interventions showing the UCT College of Accounting is meeting the changing needs of its diverse student body.

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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.

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Professors are made by hard work

Professors are made by hard work

Dr Robert Morrell writes that open processes are to replace patronage and will help to build a representative professoriate.

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Meet the number one patron at Hot Rock Café

Meet the number one patron at Hot Rock Cafe

Senior lecturer in geology at UCT Dr Johann Diener has won a Claude Leon Merit Award for his novel idea: how melting rocks and boiling water might be more similar than we think.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Not a drop to drink

Not a drop to drink

Dr Kevin Winter from UCT’s Department of Environmental & Geographical Science guides student paddlers through the city’s canals and vleis to focus attention on the condition of its waterways.

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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.

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UCT alumnus wins PEN SA Student Writing Prize

UCT alumnus wins PEN SA Student Writing Prize

UCT graduate Koleka Putuma recently won the PEN-SA Student Writing Prize for a poem inspired by recent student protests.

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UCT researchers honoured at NSTF awards

UCT researchers honoured at NSTF awards

Five UCT researchers were honoured at the prestigious 18th annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards Gala Dinner which took place in Gauteng on 30 June.

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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.

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‘I feel more secure’ says SuperCare worker Charmaine Kannemeyer

SuperCare worker Charmaine Kannemeyer

Charmaine Kannemeyer joined UCT in 2000 as part of the SuperCare team. This week she will be insourced and become a permanent UCT staff member.

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New professors share journeys and reflections

New professors share journeys and reflections

Following UCT’s recent ad hominem promotions, ten academics share the story of how they became professors.

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#UCTGrad2016 highlights

UCTGrad2016 highlights

Ululation, exhilaration and the next generation. Here are the June 2016 graduation highlights.

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Grit, gratitude and graduation

Grit, gratitude and graduation

The journey to graduation – like the journey of life – contains many challenges, setbacks, even failures. A number of students graduating this June talk about what it takes.

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