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EVENTS

Without state nor status – exploring undocumented migrant children's experiences in Cape Town, by Lena Opfermann
02 Jun

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
03 Jun - 06 Jun

Lessing's Jewish Self-Hatred
03 Jun

Education, Technology and the Developing World, by Margaret Campbell
03 Jun

CHED Research Seminar
03 Jun

Workshop: The Politics of Social Protection in Africa
04 Jun - 05 Jun

The Boko Haram Phenomenon 2002-2015: Searching for Patterns
08 Jun

Constraints, Competition and Competitiveness: Explaining the Non-Linear Effect of Democratization on Political Budget Cycles, by Halfdan Lynge-Mangueira
09 Jun

Women Playwrights International Conference
29 Jun - 02 Jul

13th Annual Meeting of the Primate Ecology and Genetics Group SA
11 Jul - 12 Jul

Transform UCT

statue

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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IN THE NEWS

Saturday, 30 May 2015

No easy solutions to wildlife trafficking

tortoise

There are no easy solutions to the growing scourge of international wildlife trafficking and the illicit trade in rhino horn and ivory. All too often, law enforcement efforts in countries that are directly affected stop where borders begin, allowing transnational syndicates to operate with impunity.

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A solution to South Africa's wildlife crisis?

rhino horn

The debate around legalised trade in rhino horn as one of the proposed solutions to rampant poaching is perhaps the most divisive issues in conservation today. Would a stable, regulated supply of rhino horn bring down current black market prices?

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PhD profiles: Raising awareness of neurogenerative diseases

Dystrophy

In the run-up to the June 2015 graduation, we profile some of the research done by PhD graduates from December 2014. Meet Danielle Smith, whose doctoral research in human genetics focused on a heritable neurodegenerative disease that afflicts a number of South Africans, and often leads to people being wheelchair-bound and unable to see: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7).

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Why Africans must join forces to protect scarce water resources

scarce water resources

African water resources are under increasing stress and the continent is likely to face significant water shortages by 2030. Population growth combined with climate change and continued economic development will put further stresses on water resources and infrastructure.

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PhD profiles: Communities consolidating peace in Northern Uganda

Gulu women

In the run-up to the June 2015 graduation, we profile some of the research done by PhD graduates from December 2014. Meet Samson Barrigye, whose doctoral research focused on the role of ordinary Uganda citizens in peacemaking and conflict resolution, and advocated for more bottom-up processes in which communities can participate.

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The devastating condition that can cause cancer in children

Cancer syndrome

Doctoral candidate Lindiwe Lamola has had a grudge against cancer since it caused the death of her much-loved grandmother. She is channeling her energies into examining a rare genetic syndrome that puts people at risk of developing cancer in childhood.

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Latest Newsbyte

Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsUCT alumni say 'no' to xenophobia

In light of the recent xenophobic attacks on refugees and economic migrants in South Africa, UCT's Development and Alumni Department (DAD) arranged for an anti-xenophobia banner to be signed by members of the university's alumni community.

Messages of support were etched onto the banner by students, alumni and staff, including Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price. The signing took place in the Baxter Theatre foyer on Africa Day, 25 May, before a free commemorative concert that DAD hosted in the theatre complex's Concert Hall. Frank Paco, Dizu Plaatjies and Amanda Tiffin (with their ensembles) performed at the concert.

The banner has since found a home in DAD's offices in the Old Admin Building.

Story by Yusuf Omar. Image by Je'nine May.

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