Media releases

Media releases


First quarter


UCT’s Mandela School introduces Professor Ismail as Director Designate
14 February 2019
The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance prepares to enter a new and exciting phase of its development in 2019 following the appointment of Professor Faizel Ismael as Director. There will be a few months transition between current Director Professor Alan Hirsch and Professor Ismail, before handover in July 2019.


UCT’s Institute for Creative Arts launches first book on live art in the country
13 February 2019
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), an interdisciplinary institute at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Faculty of Humanities, kickstarts its rich programme for 2019 with the launch of its highly anticipated new book, Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa – the first book on live art in the country – on Saturday, 16 February at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus.


UCT executive committed to addressing legitimate student issues
13 February 2019
The University of Cape Town executive recognises the importance of issues that have been raised by the Student Representative Council (SRC).


UCT signs agreement with leading French geological institute dedicated to sustainable management of natural resources
5 February 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the French Geological Survey public institution, BRGM, have joined forces to promote research in three major themes – responsible mining, the circular economy and the sustainable management of water resources.


New device developed to administer drugs via mobile messaging
31 January 2019
A shared passion for improving healthcare in developing countries has led biomedical engineers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Osmania University, India to develop a tool for clinicians to administer medication to their patients remotely using mobile messaging technology.


UCT study uses genetics to explore people’s risks of getting injured
24 January 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have used an innovative approach to generate data that provides a DNA sequence road map that can be used to explore people’s susceptibility to musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries.


UCT selected for large-scale funding to tackle the world’s complex challenges
24 January 2019
Researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are included in two of 12 international teams selected by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) to establish large interdisciplinary research hubs based at leading UK universities that address the world’s complex development challenges.


UCT among top 10 emerging-economy universities
17 January 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has held its position at ninth in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings and is the top university in Africa. South Africa has nine universities in the Emerging Economies Rankings, up from eight last year, and retains seven in the top 200.


UCT students weigh in on men’s role in addressing gender-based violence in South Africa
17 January 2019
Research from lobby group, Sonke Gender Justice, shows that the impact of gender-based violence has been estimated to cost South Africa up to R42.4 billion per year. It also reports that the Western Cape is one of the most unsafe provinces in South Africa. A third of the country’s murders are reported to police stations in this province.


UCT to co-host the Neuroscience Imbizo
4 January 2019
The IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, or isiCNI2019 is an opportunity for African and international students to learn about cutting edge research techniques in computational neuroscience.