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Proposed new UCT Smoking Policy
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Call for applications: All Africa House fellowships
(Deadline: 27 July)
Planned substation shutdown on Upper and Middle Campus
(31 July to 1 August)
Call for 2016 applications: Klaus‑Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme
(Deadline: 31 July)
UCT Jameson Hall ceiling work
(until 30 October)
Load shedding Schedule
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UCTRF Retirement Seminar
29 Jul

Right On Time! A journey of authenticity in a time of parody, by Tshego Moiloa
29 Jul

Mindfulness Meditation for Lawyers
29 Jul - 16 Sep

Investigation of South African migration using 2011 Census data
30 Jul

'Then you are a man, my son': Kipling and the Zuma Rape Trial – presented by Lucy Graham
30 Jul

Model African Union Summit
31 Jul - 02 Aug

SPSS Introductory workshop
31 Jul

Launch of 'Know your Continent' Workshop Series
01 Aug

African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI) Graduate Networking Event
03 Aug

The SAMRO UCT Big Band
04 Aug

Transform UCT


What started as a question around whether UCT should continue to house a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on its campus has become a much larger movement for change, a call to re-imagine and re-engage with what a transformed African and South African university looks like – whether in terms of its ethos, curriculum, research, symbols, policies or demographics.

UPDATE: While the Rhodes statue has been temporarily removed, UCT is applying for its permanent removal – a process that involves a public consultation process. Mail rhodes.statue@chand.co.za to comment on this final step.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

How garlic kills cancer cells


New research by Dr Catherine Kaschula and her research team in UCT's Department of Chemistry has established how a compound found in the crushed cloves of garlic, known as ajoene, kills cancer cells. Garlic has been known to have an anti-cancer effect, although no one has understood – until now – how it works.


College of Music to celebrate Erik Chisholm with two final concerts

Erik Chisholm commemorative concerts

There are still two Erik Chisholm commemorative lunch-hour concerts to look forward to at the South African College of Music this year. They are the final in a three-part series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Scottish composer, pianist and conductor.


Field awarded IOC-UNESCO medal

John Field

Emeritus professor and deputy director of UCT's the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re), Dr John Field, has been awarded the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's (IOC-UNESCO) NK Panikkar Memorial Medal.


Unlocking the mystery of how true seals disappeared from the Cape


Five million years ago, the southwestern tip of Africa was teaming with animals such as the African bear (Agriotherium), the giant wolverine (Plesiogulo), the short-neck long-horned giraffe (Sivatherium), ancestral forms of the elephant and mammoth as well as modern elephants and various raptors, seabirds and ground birds.


'We are the thought leaders responsible for social upliftment'

Patrice Madurai

Patrice Madurai is one of three UCT students honoured with the Queen's Young Leaders Award this year. What inspires her to keep making a positive change in the world around her?


With SHAWCO every day is Mandela Day


For 72 years, every day has been Mandela Day for SHAWCO's community builders.


Using statistics to dissect addiction

Andre Hofmeyr

Dr Andre Hofmeyr, undergraduate convenor in the School of Economics, explored the economics of addiction in a dissertation primarily focused on methodological and statistical issues on the boundary between economics and psychology. Abigail Calata interviewed him on this research and his PhD experience.


Latest Newsbyte

Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsWould you survive retirement?

The financial aspect of retirement, that is. To help you maintain a steady footing in economically unsteady times, the UCT Retirement Fund is hosting two seminars for its members.

The first will take place on 29 July at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and is aimed at patrons older than 60 years. The seminar programme is packed with titbits from UCT's scholars and specialists in the field, ranging from tax planning with Professor Jennifer Roeleveld, to a session on laws about succession, wills and estate planning with Assoc Professor Mohamed Palekar. The second seminar will take place on 25 August, and is aimed at people younger than 60 years.

Update: Please note that the seminar on 29 July is already fully booked, however, spaces are still available for the seminar on 25 August.

Contact the UCT Retirement Fund via email or call them at 021 650 2934 for more information.

Story by Yusuf Omar.

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