Media releases

Media releases


Second quarter


World Economic Forum honours young UCT women scientists
27 May 2020
University of Cape Town’s women scientists, Dr Sarah Fawcett and Professor Salome Maswime, have been hand-picked for the prestigious Young Scientists programme. Every year, the World Economic Forum selects an elite group of researchers under the age of 40 to participate in the programme.


Free online maths tutoring service helps matrics during lockdown
27 May 2020
University of Cape Town medical student, Ilyaas Amien started his free, online maths tuition service – Tutonic – in 2017. It has now become a vital resource for many high school learners during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Virtual Africa Month symposium to discuss the continent’s innovations in fight against COVID-19
27 May 2020
A three-day virtual Africa Month public symposium, co-hosted by the University of Cape Town Convocation and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance in collaboration with the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, gets underway this morning.


Global study to test malaria drug to protect health workers from COVID-19
26 May 2020
An international group of physicians and scientists, including the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand, is establishing a research network to evaluate promising therapies for COVID-19 with a boost of $9 million in philanthropic support.


UCT alumnus creates new app to connect vetted suppliers and buyers of PPE in South Africa
26 May 2020
UCT alumnus and co-founder of Coronapp, Tamir Shklaz, has yet again responded to the challenges of the pandemic – this time by facilitating the buying and selling of much-needed personal protective equipment in South Africa.


Free online training on ethical reporting on violence against children
25 May 2020
The Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town in conjunction with Media Monitoring Africa will host a free online training on Reporting on Violence Against Children from 27-28 May 2020.


New transcriptomic blood test to screen for TB disease and monitor response to TB treatment
25 May 2020
Researchers from the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative at the University of Cape Town, the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Seattle, and a large consortium of collaborators have developed a new simple blood-based test that can identify healthy individuals who are at risk of developing TB disease, identify those with subclinical or clinical disease, and can inform how well a patient would respond to TB treatment.


A smartphone app to improve engagement in HIV care for peripartum women – new trial
22 May 2020
Postpartum women and their infants in South Africa are known to be at high risk of dropping out of HIV care after delivery and are frequently mobile. A new randomised controlled trial involving a smartphone app – CareConekta – aims to investigate and address this risk during the peripartum period by investigating the feasibility, acceptability and initial efficacy of using CareConekta to improve this engagement.


Milestone in translation of first web application into isiXhosa for students
22 May 2020
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has marked a milestone with the translation of the wish, outcome, obstacle, plan (WOOP) web application into isiXhosa. The app is a self-regulating, goal-setting intervention that is available in 12 main international languages. isiXhosa is the first African vernacular language translation.


UCT institute partners with health department to produce COVID-19 resources to equip low-income communities
20 May 2020
The Knowledge Translation Unit at the University of Cape Town’s Lung Institute is producing a range of COVID-19 resources to equip communities and healthcare workers living and working in under-resourced areas in the country with important information and ways to stop the spread of the virus.


UCT will follow a four-phase approach to students’ return to campus
19 May 2020
Three groups of students – final-year medical students, academically vulnerable students and those needing to access campus labs to complete their 2020 studies – will be the first to return to campus in a phased process. This was announced by Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation and Student Affairs, Professor Loretta Feris during a special online special assembly hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on Thursday, 14 May.


Study finds strong link between bacteria of the human penis and viral STIs among South African men
19 May 2020
Male circumcision is known to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections and impact the penile microbiota, also known as bacterial communities. One study suggested that the presence of specific bacteria is a risk factor for HIV acquisition in men. Despite this and the high burden of HIV in South Africa, there is currently no data about the link between HIV and penile microbiota in a South African cohort. In addition, potential association between penile microbiome and HPV has not been reported anywhere in the world.


Vice-Chancellor hosts special online staff assembly on UCT’s COVID-19 response
15 May 2020
Over 3000 University of Cape Town staff members were part of an online staff assembly hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, on 14 May 2020.Professor Phakeng and other members of the UCT executive provided updates on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive members included the three Deputy Vice-Chancellors – Associate Professor Lis Lange: Teaching and Learning, Professor Loretta Feris: Transformation and Student Affairs and Professor Sue Harrison: Research and Internationalisation – as well as the COO Dr Reno Morar and the Registrar Royston Pillay.


Research study shows that a majority of smokers bought cigarettes during the lockdown
15 May 2020
Most smokers have been able to purchase cigarettes during the lockdown period, according to a recent research report published by a research unit at the University of Cape Town. However, smokers have had to pay a substantially higher price for these cigarettes. Many smokers have had to purchase other unfamiliar brands, as their favourite brands were often unavailable during the lockdown.


UCT notes social media remarks by staff member
15 May 2020
The University of Cape Town confirms that it has noted the social media posts that were said to be made by a university staff member earlier in the week and that were alleged to be racist in nature.


UCT young researchers selected for prestigious fellowship to contribute to Science in Africa
15 May 2020
Four young researchers from UCT have been selected to form part of the 2020 cohort of Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) fellows. These fellowships are awarded to talented African early-career researchers whose work is focused on solving the needs of the continent.


COVID-19 disruption will lead to 28 million surgeries being cancelled worldwide – 146 000 in South Africa
14 May 2020
Over 28 million elective surgeries across the globe could be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – leading to patients facing a lengthy wait for their health issues to be resolved, a new study reveals.


Racist social media remarks by UCT staff member unacceptable
13 May 2020
The University of Cape Town notes and firmly condemns a series of social media remarks by a staff member of the institution. UCT deplores in the strongest way possible any act, conduct or statement of a racist nature by a university staff member or student. The university has a zero-tolerance stance towards racism and emphasises that racism– like all other forms of discrimination – has no place in the UCT community or anywhere else in our society.


Discovery of rhodoliths: coral-like structures that offer food and shelter for marine animals
13 May 2020
A team of scientists, including a group from UCT, have discovered a bed of rhodoliths – free-living, coral-like structures that offer food, shelter and nursery space for marine animals – in the newly proclaimed Amathole Offshore Marine Protected Area off South Africa’s east coast. This underwater environment is the first of its kind found in South Africa’s ocean.


UCT student’s smart UVC sanitiser has multi applications
12 May 2020
UCT electrical engineering student Rowyn Naidoo is finalising the design of an affordable, smart short-wavelength ultraviolet-C light system that disinfects surfaces, the air and large rooms – and even face masks, making them reusable. The research is in response to Professor Amit Mishra’s challenge to engineering students to design devices to help counter COVID-19.


Inclusive new economy must prioritise citizens with disabilities
11 May 2020
When President Cyril Ramaphosa detailed a R500 billion relief package for the nation under threat of COVID-19, he also said that government would take the opportunity to build an inclusive new economy. Riding on this are the hopes of thousands of citizens with disabilities – 7.5% of the population.


The lockdown effects on sleep patterns and cognitive function
11 May 2020
A consortium of researchers from UCT, Wits and Rhodes universities are investigating the effects of the lockdown on daily routine as it relates to lifestyle behavioural factors (sleep, physical activity, work, meal timing, screen time, etc) and associations with anxiety and depression.


UCT’s contribution to expansion of South Africa’s social assistance programme during COVID-19
07 May 2020
A University of Cape Town research into the socio-economic conditions of poor and vulnerable South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in convincing the government to expand the current social protection system.


Buy the Baxter a cup of coffee – a fundraising campaign
06 May 2020
The Baxter Theatre based at UCT has had to stop operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown.


How stokvels manage their activities outside courts, UCT study finds
06 May 2020
The South African stokvel sector is massive and controls vast financial resources. It holds an estimated R49.5 billion in member savings and has some 11.6 million participants. Stokvels are part of the informal economy and as such are largely beyond the reach of the law.


Platform launched to help young mothers struggling during COVID-19
05 May 2020
The Messages for Mothers platform launched by the Perinatal Mental Health Project is a one-stop online resource developed in response to COVID-19 and the lack of targeted messaging for vulnerable mothers who are concerned for their children, families and themselves.


Close to R7m raised through UCT COVID-19 emergency fund
30 April 2020
Approximately R6.8 million has been raised so far through the University of Cape Town COVID-19 emergency fund, with some of the crucial needs covered including a R16.4 million laptops purchase.


Statement on the passing of struggle stalwart Dr Denis Goldberg
30 April 2020
UCT joins the nation and the international community in mourning the passing of one of the greatest stalwarts in the fight against apartheid and UCT alum, Dr Denis Goldberg.


Project launched to combat spread of COVID-19 fake news
29 April 2020
The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change, incubated by the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, has launched a six-month project that will use social media analytics and advocacy to combat the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa and beyond.


Students with disabilities prioritised in UCT online learning plan
29 April 2020
UCT has prioritised the needs of all students, placing particular focus on students with disabilities, to ensure the new, temporary learning methodology is tailored to their individual needs.


Data provisioning and laptop deliveries continuing at UCT
28 April 2020
UCT is continuing to attend to laptop deliveries and provisioning of data to students as urgently as possible.


UCT engineering students design portable hand sanitiser distiller
23 April 2020
To keep COVID-19 at bay, University of Cape Town students in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment have designed a portable distillation vessel to make hand sanitisers. With sales of alcohol prohibited, the device puts surpluses to good use.


UCT sets up COVID-19 emergency fund
22 April 2020
UCT has set up a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency fund to assist in the fight against the virus and its impact on the UCT community.


UCT academics develop COVID-19 platform for less resourced communities
21 April 2020
With a lot of false information being spread about COVID-19 and the urgent need to prevent the spread of the disease to less resourced communities, the University of Cape Town’s Global Surgery division in the Faculty of Health Sciences has developed a platform for reliable and accessible information dissemination for communities without access to smart technology or data.


UCT provides data to students
20 April 2020
The University of Cape Town is providing pre-paid data to all students who have valid South African cell numbers as part of extensive support measures put in place for online learning.


UCT’s further plans for continuing academic year: setting the record straight
17 April 2020
The University of Cape Town has noted some confusion in the media and on social media, resulting from a claim that all students will return to campus on 1 September 2020.


New free to download picture book helps children understand COVID-19
16 April 2020
As part of the response to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business Athol Williams and his artist wife, Taryn Lock, have produced the seventh book in their acclaimed Oaky children’s picture books series with a focus on the virus.


UCT welcomes zero-rating decision by Cell C and Telkom
13 April 2020
UCT is very pleased to announce that Cell C and Telkom have both agreed to the university’s request to zero-rate access to certain UCT websites.


First UCT student to test positive for COVID-19 fully recovers
08 April 2020
The University of Cape Town confirms that the first student to test positive for COVID-19 at the institution has now fully recovered. The student left self-isolation late last week.


UCT joins global climate change alliance
08 April 2020
The University of Cape Town has joined the newly established International Universities Climate Alliance (‘Climate Alliance’), which aims to help communicate research insights on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.


Climate change to cause abrupt species loss this century
08 April 2020
What will the world’s biodiversity look like in the future? According to a new study the disruption of biodiversity from climate change on land and in the oceans will be abrupt and could be much sooner than we had expected, potentially affecting tens of thousands of species.


Research reveals gap in COVID-19 funding for businesses in townships
07 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the current lockdown are already having a devastating impact on South Africa’s economy, with informal and small businesses in townships likely to feel its impact most harshly.


Fossil discoveries rewrite human history
03 April 2020
An international team of researchers, including geologists from UCT, have unearthed the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behaviour.


UCT confirms sixth case of COVID-19
02 April 2020
The University of Cape Town has been advised that a third student tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, 29 March 2020. The student is receiving medical support and identified contacts were traced and advised to go into quarantine.


Engaged scholarship needed to understand the socio-cultural, political and economic implications of COVID-19
01 April 2020
UCT’s Institute for the Humanities in Africa, along with international collaborators worldwide, has launched Corona Times, a space where engaged scholars from across the world offer detailed, rigorously researched, ethical expert commentary that explores ways to grasp the various facets of the current moment.


UCT rolls out survey on students’ study conditions off-campus and provides laptops to eligible students
01 April 2020
As the University of Cape Town leadership prepares to continue academic work in the context of COVID-19, the university is rolling out an urgent student access survey and distributing laptops to eligible needy students.

First quarter


Lockdown: UCT experts advise how to survive studying from home
31 March 2020
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led countries around the world to respond in unprecedented ways – self-isolation, social distancing, travel bans and, in South Africa, a 21-day lockdown – to curb the spread of the virus. For tertiary students the world over, studying is no different. Traditional lectures have stopped, leaving students with no option but to study from home too.


Cancellation of sport events creates significant void – UCT scientist
31 March 2020
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 has pulled the rug out from under sport – events have been cancelled or postponed, leaving competitors (and spectators) in a vacuum.


CoviID: new app to avoid future lockdowns
30 March 2020
After South Africans commenced a 21-day lockdown, a group of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are working tirelessly on a smartphone app that could play an important role in managing future outbreaks of COVID-19 and economic recovery.


UCT student starts group to help the elderly during lockdown
30 March 2020
UCT Business Science student Kate Charter has started a volunteer group, Cape Town Against Corona, to assist elderly people in the city as they are at a significantly higher risk of complications should they contract the disease.


UCT welcomes R5 million from Motsepe Foundation for COVID-19 response
28 March 2020
UCT's chancellor, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, has announced a R5 million donation by the Motsepe Foundation to help the university manage its multi-faceted response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.


UCT condemns fake WhatsApp message
28 March 2020
UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital have noted a fake message doing the rounds on WhatsApp attributed to a "Head of Virology" commenting on the coronavirus disease 2019.


Second term at UCT to resume online on 20 April
27 March 2020
As the countrywide lockdown commenced, the University of Cape Town has a better view of how the academic calendar will change at the institution, when the term will restart, and how teaching and learning will take place.


UCT confirms fifth case of COVID-19
27 March 2020
In a fifth case of COVID-19 at the University of Cape Town, a student has tested positive for the virus. UCT previously confirmed four other cases – three staff members and a student. Unlike the previous four cases, this case was confirmed in KwaZulu-Natal.


Updates from UCT ahead of the lockdown
26 March 2020
Ahead of the countrywide COVID-19 lockdown, the University of Cape Town has provided updates on support services available for students and staff during these uncertain times, and on the university’s operational plan during the period.


Child abuse rates rise during school closures - positive parenting encouraged during COVID-19
26 March 2020
University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNICEF) to encourage constructive parenting during COVID-19 – they have released resources for parents during a time where countries across the world including South Africa go under lockdown.


More buses for students as UCT is set to close residences
24 March 2020
More buses have been arranged by the University of Cape Town for students who have requested travel assistance in light of the looming national lockdown to commence at midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020.


UCT alumni build ‘Coronapp’ platform
24 March 2020
In an effort to quell panic and provide South Africans with reliable and accurate information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), two University of Cape Town (UCT) alumni have built Coronapp, a centralised online platform for information about the disease.


Fourth case of COVID-19 confirmed at UCT
23 March 2020
The University of Cape Town confirms a fourth COVID-19 case at the institution. The latest case is of a postgraduate student. UCT previously confirmed three cases, all of them involving staff.


Teaching and learning to continue online at UCT
22 March 2020
The University of Cape Town is moving teaching and learning online to continue the academic programme during the second term of teaching and learning.


UCT redefining the workplace in response to COVID-19
22 March 2020
In line with the principle of social and physical distancing and in order to ensure the safety of staff, the University of Cape Town UCT is redefining the workplace to include working from home where appropriate.


UCT urges confidentiality in COVID-19 cases
22 March 2020
Based on the experience of three cases of staff members who tested positive for COVID-19, the University of Cape Town has called for confidentiality in relation to any reported cases.


UCT confirms third case of COVID-19
21 March 2020
The University of Cape Town confirms that a third staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. UCT has at this stage not had any student who has tested positive for COVID-19.


UCT shares plans for online teaching and learning
19 March 2020
The University of Cape Town has shared plans to move undergraduate courses online in all faculties – except in Health Sciences, for which a specific plan is being developed. Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor Lis Lange, indicated in an update to the university community that UCT will have to teach remotely during the second term.


UCT charters transport to assist students
19 March 2020
The University of Cape Town executive confirmed on Monday, 16 March 2020 that arrangements have been put in place to assist students vacating residences.


UCT confirms second COVID-19 case
19 March 2020
The University of Cape Town confirms that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. This is this the second confirmed case of COVID-19 at UCT.


UCT COVID-19 expert list
18 March 2020
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects various sectors.


UCT puts additional measures to manage unprecedented public health emergency
18 March 2020
The University of Cape Town has put more measures in place to further manage the unprecedented and continuously changing public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


UCT puts travel measures in place to support students
16 March 2020
The University of Cape Town executive has put immediate measures in place to support students requiring assistance with vacating residences within 72 hours from 16 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus disease.


UCT suspends classes with immediate effect
15 March 2020
The University of Cape Town executive and the Leadership Lekgotla, following the address by the State President, Cyril Ramaphosa and on the advice of a range of agencies and health specialists, took a decision to break immediately for Term 1 vacation and to suspend classes as from and including Monday, 16 March 2020.


Centre has ‘Africanised’ neuroscience - Neuroscience Centre launched at Groote Schuur Hospital
13 March 2020
The launch of UCT's multidisciplinary Neuroscience Centre, established to execute inter- and cross-disciplinary research and fast-track novel treatment options for neurological disorders, is an important step towards “Africanising” the vital discipline of neuroscience in South Africa.


COVID-19: Update on mass gatherings, graduation and travel
13 March 2020
In line with national and international information, the University of Cape Town executive is taking the threat of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) very seriously.


UCT among only 39 out of 200 institutions led by women
12 March 2020
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 recently revealed that just 39 of the top 200 institutions are led by women – and UCT is among them.


UCT events and interview opportunities
11 March 2020
The following events and interview opportunities are available at UCT for the upcoming week.


UCT to host chancellor’s installation
09 March 2020
The University of Cape Town will host an official installation ceremony for the new chancellor, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, who took over this role at the beginning of the year.


Neuroscience Centre to be launched at UCT
09 March 2020
The Neuroscience Centre represents a high-level partnership between the Western Cape Department of Health and UCT. This purpose-built facility co-locates the clinical neuro-disciplines together with scientists and scholars in order to integrate and improve patient care, research, teaching, training and advocacy. It comprises a research component, the Neuroscience Institute, together with a patient care facility, the Neuroscience Clinical Unit.


UCT events and interview opportunities
05 March 2020
The following events and interview opportunities are available at UCT for the upcoming week.


Growing global emissions gap calls for switch into crisis mode, warns academics
05 March 2020
In a comment published in Nature, UCT Professor Harald Winkler, as part of an international team, delivers the bad news that the emissions gap is growing, while pointing to small signs of hope that the climate crisis can be addressed.


Crimes at sea cripple sustainable development – UCT study
04 March 2020
A surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia during the mid-2000s threatened global trade and other state interests to such an extent that an unprecedented global counter-response was mobilised. Navies formed coalitions while public–private partnerships combatted the more far-reaching effects.


Non-communicable diseases – identifying knowledge gaps and healthcare implementation challenges
28 February 2020
The South African Department of Health in collaboration with the Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa (CEBHA+) project will host a research symposium on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on 4 March 2020.


Invite: Symposium on inclusive low-carbon sustainable transport system
28 February 2020
The Energy Systems Research group at UCT and the national Department of Transport will host a symposium on how South Africa can be set on a pathway to an inclusive low-carbon sustainable transport system.


The sandprawn is a champion water filterer – UCT study
27 February 2020
A study by three UCT researchers has found that sandprawns, best known as bait for fishing, have the ability to filter coastal water, thus combatting eutrophication – one of the major water quality challenges in the natural world.


Updated: National Budget Speech 2020 UCT expert list
26 February 2020
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment on the National Budget Speech.


National Budget Speech 2020 UCT expert list
24 February 2020
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment on the National Budget Speech.


Are we ready for genetically modified humans?
20 February 2020
In recent years researchers have been working hard to develop faster, cheaper, and more precise ways to remove, add or modify genes in living organisms. They now can change our human genome – not only in people who are alive, but also in those who are yet to be born. Gene editing technologies raise profound questions about what it means to be human, and the extent to which we want to push the boundaries towards enhancement.


Tech giant gives R2.7 million boost to UCT students for ICT skills development
20 February 2020
University of Cape Town (UCT) students have been awarded R2.7 million in bursaries to help create youth employment and bring more ICT skills to South Africa.


UCT warns against apparent conference scam
18 February 2020
The University of Cape Town has been alerted of an apparent scam advertising a 'Food Security & Hunger' conference that was initially said to be scheduled to take place on campus from 20-22 February 2020.


UCT SONA 2020 expert list
10 February 2020
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment on the State of the Nation Address.


Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life in space: A celebration of 50 years of astronomy at UCT
4 February 2020
The Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Maano Ramutsindela, and the head of department of astronomy, Professor Patrick Woudt, will host a talk in celebration of 50 years of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town, by Professor Ewine van Dishoeck, President of the International Astronomical Union.


UCT among top 40 international universities
31 January 2020
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been ranked 39th in the recently released Times Higher Education (THE) list of the 200 most international universities. These institutions collaborate on research across the world, have a strong reputation globally and have a high proportion of international students and staff.


New study sheds light on genetics of schizophrenia in South Africa
31 January 2020
A recent international study including several University of Cape Town researchers emphasises that rare genetic mutations may play an important role in the cause of the illness. The study, “Genetics of Schizophrenia in the South African Xhosa,” published in the journal Science, is the first genetic analysis of schizophrenia in an ancestral African population, the South African amaXhosa.


The “firewalkers” of Karoo: dinosaurs and other animals left tracks in a “land of fire”
30 January 2020
In southern Africa, dinosaurs and synapsids, a group of animals that includes mammals and their closest fossil relatives, survived in a “land of fire” at the start of an Early Jurassic mass extinction, according to a study published on 29 January 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE led by Associate Professor Emese M. Bordy, a sedimentologist at the University of Cape Town.


UCT honours late Professor Bongani Mayosi with befitting legacy project
29 January 2020
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is celebrating and honouring the legacy of the late Professor Bongani Mayosi through a collection of projects under the banner of the Bongani Mayosi Legacy Project. These include the library project, the Mayosi Research collaborative, the Bongani Mayosi Foundation and a permanent exhibition of his work, to name a few.


UCT creates unique programme to empower women in local government
22 January 2020
The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT has partnered with the Local Government Sector Education and Training, the South African Local Government Association and Zenande Leadership Consulting to create a unique Local Government Women’s Leadership Development Programme.


Annual Doc Moss memorial match – UCT Rugby
22 January 2020
As part of their build up to Varsity Cup 2020, the Ikey Tigers will honour one of their favourite sons, the late Dr Cecil Moss, in their final pre-season game against Durbell on Friday, 24 January.


Innovative community-based intervention to identify undiagnosed TB cases
21 January 2020
Almost 350 000 cases of Tuberculosis (TB) go undiagnosed in South Africa every year. In an effort to revolutionalise TB diagnosis and treatment, an innovative tech-driven project, pioneered by a team of scientists at the UCT Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, will take TB testing from the lab into the community.


Improving universal access to surgical care for patients – meet UCT’s new head of Global Surgery
20 January 2020
The thrill and excitement of the labour ward and the pure joy of witnessing a healthy mom receiving a healthy baby led to Associate Professor Salome Maswime, the new head of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT), falling in love with the labour ward. But it was also the deep disappointment of losing a new mother that persuaded her that she needed to learn and do more.


South African vultures have their fill at ‘restaurants’ – new study
16 January 2020
There’s no menu and the food is sometimes rotten. Yet South Africa’s vulture restaurants are dishing up valuable information for researchers working to conserve Africa’s scavenger species, according to a new scientific study published in the International journal Animal Conservation.


Effective fisheries management critical in improving sustainable fishing
15 January 2020
Where fisheries are well managed, fish populations can recover. This is according to new international research co-authored by Dr Carryn de Moor, a senior research officer from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and the Marine Resource Assessment and Management Group.