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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

'Our freedom is shrinking' – Max du Preez

Max du PreezTwenty years after democracy there are alarming signs that our freedom is shrinking, a situation that must be reversed before South Africa "lands on the slippery slope to authoritarianism", said veteran journalist Max du Preez.

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Sharing of tax information potentially perilous

Jennifer RoeleveldThe South African government is able, through its treaty network, to share information about its taxpayers with nearly 100 countries. Professor Jennifer Roeleveld of the Department of Finance and Tax wonders whether this tsunami of information exchange will come crashing down on revenue authorities and taxpayers, or merely lap the tax shores.

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Human rights the focus of upcoming Steve Biko lecture

Navi PillayNavi Pillay, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will be the guest speaker at the annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture in Jameson Hall on 11 September at 18h00.

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HAICU and Michaelis in campaign against gender-based violence

HAICU campaignPassersby on UCT's upper campus might've noticed a trail of rose petals leading into the Molly Blackburn Hall recently. These petals were part of a performance by first-year students from the Michaelis School of Fine Art and an exhibition by HAICU, the university's HIV/AIDS, Inclusivity and Change Unit.

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The case against privatising knowledge

Dr Rajesh TandonIf universities get their knowledge production function right in the contemporary context, they will be able to improve learning in their teaching and that will be their most important contribution in terms of service, said Dr Rajesh Tandon during his Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture.

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UCT enters R252m partnership with MasterCard Foundation to help reverse African 'brain drain'

Mastercard Scholarship ProgramThe University of Cape Town has embarked on an ambitious project to help develop 300 committed future leaders from economically disadvantaged communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry shines at international congress

IACAPAPMembers of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town returned with a clutch of awards from the International Congress of the International Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), which was held for the first time in Africa.

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Classrooms on the fly

Mobile classroomsOn the cusp of the second semester the new Teaching and Learning Building (TLB) on upper campus – due to host lectures in term 3 – was behind schedule. With just two weeks before the students came streaming back, various UCT role players came up with an innovative solution.

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Ikeys regain the Vino Varsity trophy

Vino Varsity ChallengeThe skies were clear blue last Friday afternoon as the Ikeys were crowned the 6th Vino Varsity Challenge Champions in the annual competition hosted by Backsberg.

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1994: The Bloody Miracle screening at UCT

The Bloody MiracleA local documentary that explores an often untold story – of those who tried to derail South Africa's first democratic elections, pushing the country to the brink of civil war – will be screened at UCT on 26 August, with thanks to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 1994: The Bloody Miracle was produced and co-directed by two UCT members of staff, Paul Egan and Meg Rickards.

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Two years on: UCT commemorates Marikana

MarikanaIt's been two years since police killed 34 striking mineworkers near Lonmin's Marikana mine outside Rustenburg on 16 August 2012. This week, members of the UCT community commemorated the massacre and debated its structural causes and implications for society.

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High-impact medical research wanted, says new MRC president

Glenda GrayThe South African Medical Research Council's (MRC) new president, Professor Glenda Gray, addressed guests at the health sciences' dean's seminar recently, telling guests that the MRC is interested in big ideas, big science and high-impact research.

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UCT postgrad courses go online in Africa

Get SmarterUCT's Faculty of Commerce has launched the first two of a planned suite of online postgraduate programmes as part of a strategic initiative that will enable students across Africa to study with high-touch interactive support – anytime, anywhere.

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Inspirational teachers honoured with Stella Clark Award

Stella Clark

Charlene Little and Amina Nordien were both recognised for their extraordinary contribution at an emotional ceremony on 18 August 2014.

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Students hone business skills at FLUX

Flux

Described as a combination of television programmes The Apprentice and Dragon's Den, UCT FLUX saw 24 teams, consisting of six people each, compete across two days to come up with business solutions to local challenges.

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Do gender dynamics really matter in continuing the work of liberation?

Zethu Matebeni

At a Gender-in-Dialogue event, hosted as part of the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series in August, UCT researcher Zethu Matebeni spoke movingly about the importance of gender justice in the continuing work of liberation.

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Four Women in Science winners in 2014

WISA

Four UCT scientists – Professor Genevieve Langdon and Associate Professor Michelle Kuttel as well as PhD students Kwezikazi Mkentane and Maletsabisa Molapo – have been recognised by the Department of Science and Technology as part of the 2014 Women in Science Awards.

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Learning to fly: lessons from computational fluid dynamics

Prof Arnaud Malan

Aeroplanes with flexible wings that withstand the strain of turbulence and indestructible tubes that ensure arteries stay open. These are just a few of the innovations that computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology may be able to ensure – and a UCT professor and his team are at the forefront of this high-tech development.

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Colloquium, film mark crystallography pioneer's 'extraordinary life'

Prof RW JamesFormer UCT physics professor RW James is the link between two key events this year: the International Year of Crystallography and the centenary of Ernest Shackleton's doomed Antarctic expedition. The physics department will host a colloquium and will screen a film to mark these milestones.

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Premiering at GIPCA's Live Art Festival

2nd Live Art FestivalThirty-nine innovative works by local and international artists will feature at the 2nd Live Art Festival, hosted by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts – many of them for the first time in South Africa or the world.

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Gangsterism: a stew of complex factors

Gangs

Has the time come to declare gangsterism a gross human rights violation, punishable under the United Nations Convention Against Torture? A three-day seminar on gangs kicked off at UCT on Tuesday to understand a complex phenomenon that needs multi-faceted, long-range strategies.

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Sparkling VC Concert a celebration of note

VC ConcertIt was a triple celebration: a musical underscoring of 20 years of freedom; a tribute to UCT staff; and a parade of the musical and vocal gifts of students at UCT's South African College of Music.

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The race to equity in higher education institutions

EE and transformationAt a recent debate on employment equity and affirmative action, hosted by the university's Transformation Services Office, panellists agreed that South African universities still reflected structural inequality in society, but disagreed on the extent to which race- and class-based lenses could diagnose and solve the problem.

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City's Goema Orchestra season to play works by five UCT composers

Mandla MlangeniOn two Saturdays in August 2014, Cape Town Goema Orchestra will be performing new works by six Cape Town composers – five of whom are UCT graduates.

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Medical humanities in Africa

Medical HumanitiesBuilding on last year's ground-breaking conference, Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation, hosted by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, UCT is set to host a second conference, Medical Humanities in Africa, in late August. What are the medical humanities? Conference co-organiser Dr Susan Levine explains.

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Homegrown paediatric care in Africa

Jo WilmshurstAfrica faces a crushing child-health burden, with diseases such as epilepsy often going undiagnosed. But UCT is training and supporting a corps of African paediatricians to manage these unique situations, said Professor Jo Wilmshurst in her inaugural lecture.

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Better, quicker, cheaper new TB drug steals the headlines

TB TeamUCT scientists are part of an international research group on track to deliver more effective, less expensive and shorter TB treatment using a new combination of drugs.

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Violence against women and girls a human rights violation, says UCT academic

Rashida ManjooDescribed as "one of the world's top experts and combatants of violence against women", Associate Professor Rashida Manjoo was recently presented with the International Human Rights Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation.

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'Society not outraged enough about gender violence'

Michelle BacheletJameson Hall recently provided the setting for a frank discussion on gender issues which included a contribution from President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, who was among the speakers hosted by UCT Chancellor Mrs Gra็a Machel.

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Rugby centre to inspire future generations of players

Neville Isdell Rugby CentreFollowing a generous donation of US$1 million to UCT's rugby club in 2011, the Neville Isdell Rugby Centre – a place where players can prepare for games in comfort – opened on 31 July 2014.

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Enter Racketlon championships now

RacketlonUCT staff and students who are keen to pit their racket skills against each other are invited to enter the 2nd UCT Closed Racketlon championships, to take place at the university on Sunday 24 August.

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Surfers ride the crest at USSA championships

UCT surfersUCT surfers left the competition in their wake at the annual USSA Surfing Tournament in the winter vacation, claiming top spot overall in the year's most significant university surfing contest.

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Baxter benefit concert to help local community

Nik RabinowitzSome of the biggest names in South African entertainment will come together at the Baxter Concert Theatre for one night only on 16 August in support of the Hanover Park project, a UCT Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) initiative.

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First woman marine scientist wins Gilchrist medal

Prof Coleen MoloneyThe Department of Biological Science's Assoc Prof Coleen Moloney has become the first woman to win the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research's premier award - the Gilchrist Memorial Medal.

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More ideas for growing the black and female professoriate

UCT PanoramaAcknowledging the challenges of transforming South African universities, UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price adds to colleague Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu's suggestions in a recent City Press article about accelerating transformation - and offers some alternatives.

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Major international award to UCT Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Prof Petrus de VriesProf Petrus de Vries, Sue Struengmann Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the UCT Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, has received a major international award for his work on a genetic disorder associated with autism and ADHD.

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