Media releases

Media releases


First quarter


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.