Media releases


Fourth quarter


UCT to host the World University Debating Championships
20 December 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host the largest student-run event globally, the World University Debating Championships. From 27 December 2018 to 4 January 2019 debating students from Malaysia, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria and the United States, among 45 others will descend on the city in hopes of becoming world champions.


UCT student overcomes odds to be the first post-doctoral graduate in her department
13 December 2018
Tafadzwa Mushonga will be the first PhD graduate from the Centre for Environmental Humanities South (CEHS) when she graduates on 14 December at the University of Cape Town (UCT). But her path towards graduation has involved major setbacks. A big blow came early in her academic career when she suffered the loss of her role model, her father. His death in 2006 was followed five years later by the loss of her mother.


Gugulethu-born UCT graduand uses education to rise above challenges
12 December 2018
Sonwabo Ngcelwane will receive his master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town (UCT), with distinction, this week. It is his third degree and fifth tertiary qualification. From a young age, Ngcelwane has seen education as the key to rising above one’s circumstances – no matter how challenging. Whenever he has faced obstacles, throwing himself into his studies has helped him gain perspective and maintain an even keel.


UCT to host VC robing ceremony and announce Memorial Hall renaming
12 December 2018
The University of Cape Town will host a media briefing during which the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, will make a historic announcement on the renaming of the Memorial Hall.


UCT ceremonies to take graduands tally to over 7000
12 December 2018
Approximately 1885 students – including 118 Doctoral and 780 Master's graduands – are scheduled to graduate during the ceremonies to be held in the Memorial Hall at the University of Cape Town from 13-14 December. This will take the total number of students who graduated at UCT this year to over 7000.


A painful family tragedy produces a master’s degree for UCT graduand
11 December 2018
An unspeakable family tragedy has yielded a master’s degree for University of Cape Town (UCT) student Mabuyi Mhlanga after her young daughter was killed instantly after being hit by a car while crossing the road two years ago in Durban. Mhlanga then decided to seek answers and healing by throwing herself into a master’s degree related to road safety around schools.


Young UCT scientist joins top fellowship to advance TB research
10 December 2018
Emerging scientist from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Mandy Mason, is one of five scientists to be selected from around Africa among the first cohort of the prestigious Crick African Network (CAN) fellows. The scientist is looking forward to broadening her network and knowledge in the field of Tuberculosis (TB).


UCT student receives L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Doctoral fellowship
7 December 2018
University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate, Lerato Hlaka, received a PhD fellowship at the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya last night, 6 December 2018.


Global academic collaboration – a first for medical and health humanities in Africa
5 December 2018
Medical humanities is a well-established field in the UK and USA but an emerging field on the African continent. The BMJ’s Medical Humanities Journal will soon publish the first English-language special issue to deal exclusively with work on and about Medical and Health Humanities (MHH) in Africa. The Journal will showcase the work of new and established academics and practitioners working in the field in the December 2018 special issue and accompanying series of blogs and podcasts.


Students with disabilities getting a helping hand in their studies
5 December 2018
The Disability Service at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is playing a critical role in enabling students with disabilities cope with their studies, thanks to funding from the FirstRand Foundation (Tshikululu Social Investments).


UCT academic only African representative at World Economic Forum Global Health Council
4 December 2018
Associate Professor and director of the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) John Ataguba has been selected to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare.


Meet UCT’s first Chief Operating Officer
30 November 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has appointed its first Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dr Reno Morar, who is currently dividing his time between the new position and his job as deputy dean for Health Services in the Faculty of Health Sciences, until he takes on the COO position exclusively in February 2019.


Newly qualified teachers get support from UCT
30 November 2018
In 2014 about 14 000 South African teachers left the profession. With the attrition rate so severe, the country is forecast to have only 7% more teachers in 2025 than it had in 2013.


UCT academic named among top women in mining globally
27 November 2018
A University of Cape Town (UCT) associate professor is the only academic named among chief executives, directors and vice presidents of global companies in the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2018 publication.


UCT student working with global company to develop unique performance enhancing drink for elite athletes
22 November 2018
A University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate Shaun Sutehall is working with elite athletes to develop Swiss company Maurten’s new “hydrogel” drink, which has the potential to enhance sporting performance.


Night of stars as UCT staff honoured at inaugural awards ceremony
20 November 2018
It was the “Night of the Stars” when the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) inaugural annual awards were held on Monday, 19 November 2018.


New programme to help reduce STI’s in young women
20 November 2018
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, an estimated 1.6 million people aged 15 years and older worldwide were newly infected with HIV in 2017. South Africa has the largest HIV infections in the world, and adolescent girls and young women acquire HIV at twice the rate of their male peers.


UCT aims to make IT appealing to female students
19 November 2018
Information Technology (IT) is traditionally a male-dominated sector, but the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of IT is working hard to make the sector more attractive to women. The stereotype that majoring in the field of IT involves little except coding all day has been one of the reasons cited that women find IT an unattractive choice. But this is not a local issue and certainly not an issue at UCT only.


New book looks at how the cities we live in shape what we eat
19 November 2018
How do the cities we live in shape what we eat? This question is central to a new book, Tomatoes & Taxi Ranks: Running our Cities to Fill the Food Gap by Leonie Joubert with Jane Battersby and Vanessa Watson, published by the African Centre for Cities (ACC).


UCT staff member learns to read and write at age 60
16 November 2018
For her 60th birthday, Edna Dirks, who works at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Groote Schuur Residence, received the gift she had been wishing for – an opportunity to learn to read and write for the first time.


UCT researcher concerned that South Africa’s energy has been declared G20’s dirtiest
15 November 2018
The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) is concerned that South Africa’s electricity has been declared as the dirtiest out of all the G20 countries. This was revealed through the fourth annual Brown to Green Report, which was released on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.


UCT boosts transformation in accounting
14 November 2018
A six-year collaboration project involving the University of Cape Town (UCT) has resulted in two universities being accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), boosting transformation in accounting.


UCT remains top in Africa on the 2019 Best Global Universities rankings
13 November 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) continues to skirt the top 100 in the 2019 US News Best Global Universities Rankings. The university is ranked 114th globally and first in Africa.


Public lecture on how bio-bricks were made from urine
13 November 2018
Dr Dyllon Randall, who is part of the team that created the world’s first bio-brick made out of urine, will present a public lecture which will outline more about how the bio-brick was created.


UCT condemns statement by student
7 November 2018
The University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, as she often does, congratulated a student for completing his honours degree and for applying to do his Master of Arts degree.


Former political prisoner to graduate at UCT 49 years after his thesis was declined
5 November 2018
Almost 50 years after submitting his Master of Laws (LLM) degree thesis and had it refused because it quoted a banned person, Professor Raymond Suttner – an academic and former political prisoner – will finally graduate at the University of Cape Town after the institution invited him to re-submit his previously banned thesis.


UCT study reveals how long-necked dinosaurs became giants
1 November 2018
New research by scientists at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has discovered a new pattern of growth in dinosaurs. Some of the iconic Mesozoic long-necked dinosaurs (officially known as the derived sauropodomorphs or sauropods) reached about 36 metres in length and weighed about 63 503 kg.


Arts project appreciates Macassar and its people
31 October 2018
A project aimed at changing the tarnished image of the community of Macassar township near Somerset West, as being home only to crime, poverty and other social ills is reaping fruits after a collaboration between the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics and the community. The arts project presents another side of the story of this community through an exhibition called: “Who We Are”.


Local communities central to ending wildlife trafficking and disrupting transnational criminal networks - UCT study
30 October 2018
The international donor community and government have disbursed millions of rands to fight illegal wildlife trade but have so far not succeeded in disrupting or ending illicit rhino poaching. Many local impoverished communities live near or in protected wildlife areas in South Africa. According to new research by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Global Risk Governance Programme, local communities can be used as change agents in tackling the illegal wildlife economy.


UCT’s specialist social innovation centre to administer South Africa’s impact investment initiative
29 October 2018
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship will administer the new National Task Force for Impact Investment after South Africa became the first African country to join the Global Steering Group (GSG) for Impact Investing.


UCT study seeks to identify elusive DNA in human remains found in the ocean
24 October 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is spearheading a study that seeks to resolve the global difficulties associated with identifying human remains found in the ocean or those that wash-up ashore. Its success will help to resolve mysterious cases and provide closure to many families whose members have died at sea and could not be identified.


UCT unveils world’s first bio-brick made using human urine
24 October 2018
The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert, signalling an innovative paradigm shift in waste recovery.


UCT Professor of Medicine receives the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights
23 October 2018
Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker received the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) Conference in Madrid, Spain on 22 October 2018.


UCT Vice-Chancellor strengthens ties with local high school principals
23 October 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT)’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has renewed the university’s commitment to nurturing relationships with high schools from across the metropole.


After the water crisis: How to turn Cape Town into a water-sensitive city
16 October 2018
Earlier this year, the announcement of Day Zero by the City of Cape Town led to many questions. Was Cape Town going to be the first major city to run out of water? It certainly made Capetonians aware of the need to get serious about saving water.


UCT Vice-Chancellor wishes class of 2018 well for matric exams
15 October 2018
University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has wished the class of 2018 well for their examinations. This year, 796 542 matriculants will sit for their exams, which started today.


Academics, civil society and government meet to find ways to improve violence prevention in South Africa
12 October 2018
The Safety and Violence Initiative (SAVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will host an international conference titled ‘Violence Prevention, Safety Promotion and the Sustainable Development Goals’. The conference will be held from 15-16 October 2018 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.


UCT scientists honoured for excellence by South Africa’s official science body
11 October 2018
Three University of Cape Town (UCT) academics, Professor Kelly Chibale, Professor Virna Leaner and Professor Kevin Naidoo, were among 20 of the country’s leading scholars and scientists who were inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018.


UCT Vice-Chancellor marks first 100 days in office
9 October 2018
The University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has been in office for 100 days since taking over the role on 1 July 2018.


UCT’s leading TB researcher receives top international science prize
8 October 2018
Leading tuberculosis (TB) researcher and head of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Pulmonology, Professor Keertan Dheda, has been awarded the 2018 Scientific Leadership prize by the prestigious European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).


One of Africa’s top academics on artificial intelligence to present open lecture at UCT
8 October 2018
Artificial intelligence has impacted many aspects of human life. It is characterised by making systems as well as machines intelligent and connected.


UCT student tech start-up offers technology and entrepreneurship skills to students
8 October 2018
A team of University of Cape Town (UCT) students have come together to form a start-up company, Zaio. The start-up assists student developers build an information technology skills profile through coding challenges and practical experience, hopefully helping them to ultimately land their dream job. At the same time, the Zaio platform provides other start-ups with access to affordable web and app development.


UCT hockey player set to represent South Africa at Youth Olympics in Argentina
4 October 2018
First-year physiotherapy student Nepo Serage has been making big waves in hockey circles since becoming the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) first-team goalkeeper just eight months after joining the squad. Eighteen-year-old Serage will be jetting off to Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of the team representing South Africa at the Youth Olympic Games from 6-18 October.


UCT hosts roundtable discussion with a focus on young people and mental health
3 October 2018
The University of Cape Town’s Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) invites you to a roundtable discussion on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10 October 2018, at the UCT Lung Institute, George Street, Mowbray. The speakers and the discussion will focus on the mental health and mental healthcare of children and adolescents in South Africa.


Invite: Privacy vs Security - Where does the balance lie?
2 October 2018
Following some major data leaks in recent times, such as The Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal earlier this year and the explosive revelations made by Edward Snowden, a former United States former Central Intelligence Agency employee, there is greater public awareness of government surveillance and, consequently, calls for more transparency and accountability.


UCT study shows 30% increased transmission risk of parental depression to adolescent children
1 October 2018
Research from the University of Cape Town (UCT) has found that an adolescent’s risk of being depressed increased by 30% if their mother was depressed. While this showed that the intergenerational transmission of depression from parent to child was a huge factor in adolescent mental health, it wasn’t clear whether this was due to genetic or environmental factors.

Third quarter


Candidate tuberculosis (TB) vaccine can prevent active pulmonary TB in HIV-negative adults in phase II study
28 September 2018
The New England Journal of Medicine this week published the primary results of an ongoing phase IIb clinical trial testing the candidate tuberculosis vaccine M72/AS01E. This analysis shows that M72/AS01E significantly reduced the incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis disease in HIV-negative adults who were already infected with latent TB at the time of vaccination. The results demonstrate an overall vaccine efficacy of 54%, with varied response rates observed in different demographic sub-groups. The candidate vaccine had an acceptable safety and reactogenicity profile.


UCT’s d-school is one of eight global pioneers in design thinking
28 September 2018
The Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has been recognised together with eight other global institutions as pioneers of design thinking, for doing things differently and for moving education forward in innovative, interesting and important ways.


Sarah Baartman sculpture reignites art dialogue at UCT
27 September 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is running an exhibition as part of an ongoing process and dialogue about the display of artworks at the university, with the intention of creating a more open and inclusive space. The Sarah Baartman sculpture by Willie Bester is being exhibited alongside a sound installation featuring a poem by Diana Ferrus, images and other artwork in an exhibition entitled Sarah ‘Saartjie’ Baartman, A Call to Respond which is being held at the Ritchie Gallery on the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Hiddingh campus.


UCT climbs 15 places to remain top African institution in the THE rankings
26 September 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) remains Africa’s top institution after climbing 15 places in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.


UCT researcher questions when predictable patterns in stock markets can imply profitability
26 September 2018
New research argues that although there are similar and repeated patterns of information detectable in both low and high-frequency financial market data in South African markets, predictability does easily imply profitability without large-scale asymmetric market access.


UCT team helping to build a solar powered house for international competition
25 September 2018
Three University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturers are part of the only team representing sub Saharan Africa in an international competition to design and build a fully functional, modular, net-zero-energy house in Stellenbosch. The competition, Solar Decathlon, takes place in Morroco next year.


Using computers to improve lives
17 September 2018
A digital communication project that empowers previously disadvantaged women to create their own maternal health educational content, then share it among one another has won a University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and her international peers the prestigious National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Challenge grant.


UCT’s new policy puts sharp focus on sexual diversity
7 September 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has officially launched its Inclusivity Policy for Sexual Orientation. The policy promotes UCT’s commitment towards a culture that has zero-tolerance towards all forms of discrimination and aims to ensure consistent engagement between students and staff and create an environment that respects and celebrates inclusion of sexually diverse staff and students on campus.


New UCT study shows that coal sector is in a state of crisis
5 September 2018
A new University of Cape Town (UCT) study into the coal transition in South Africa has revealed that the country’s coal sector, both coal mining and coal-fired electricity, is in a state of crisis. Rising input costs and energy insecurity have made coal increasingly less competitive for electricity generation and could place thousands of jobs at risk.


UCT academic bags special national award for outstanding contribution to science in South Africa
4 September 2018
Professor Renee Kraan-Korteweg flew the flag with distinction for the University of Cape Town (UCT) when she won the Minister’s Special Award at the South African Women in Science Awards (SAWISA) 2018. Each year the national Department of Science and Technology honours women who make a significant contribution to science and research.


Mental illness and economic factors linked to violence against pregnant women in low-income settings - UCT study
3 September 2018
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in South Africa is a silent public health epidemic and is often referred to as the ‘second highest burden of disease after HIV/AIDS’. South Africa also has the highest reported intimate femicide rate in the world, with half of the women murdered in South Africa being killed by their intimate partner.


UCT study finds cigarettes market increasing in Africa
29 August 2018
A study conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Economics of Tobacco Control Project (ETCP), titled Trends in cigarette demand and supply in Africa, has found that Africa has become a prime target for tobacco companies that now see it as a major destination for tobacco production and consumption.


UCT statement on current NSFAS challenges and student hunger on campus
22 August 2018
The University of Cape Town welcomes last week’s announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, on the appointment of Dr Randall Carolissen as the administrator for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).


UCT artworks committee to host an exhibition
22 August 2018
The University of Cape Town’s Works of Art Committee (WOAC) will host an exhibition titled ‘Sarah Baartman – a Call to Respond’ at the Ritchie Gallery in September.


New platform promoting science and technology fields to high school learners launching at UCT
17 August 2018
It has been widely accepted that skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields are the way of the future with the fourth industrial revolution upon us. However, South Africa still lags behind in this field, reporting some of the lowest levels of mathematics and science education in the world.


UCT to swiftly intervene in workers issues
17 August 2018
The University of Cape Town executive is working on swiftly dealing with issues raised through a picket by catering staff workers on Friday morning.


UCT takes formal steps following unacceptable Facebook post
14 August 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) became aware this morning of the social media post made by a UCT staff member on his personal Facebook page. This post was shared with several people and soon attracted a negative reaction from different quarters on social media..


Local and international industry heavyweights to engage with UCT students at biggest job expo to date
6 August 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host its biggest ever Epic Job Expo, offering students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with 100 potential employers, get professional help with curriculum vitaes and be inspired by TED-style talks with industry leaders.


Study finds deep blue boron-bearing diamonds on rock recycling route
3 August 2018
A new study by University of Cape Town (UCT) geologist, Professor Steve Richardson, and his international peers has revealed that blue diamonds are a ‘superdeep’ type of diamonds that originate as much as 4 times deeper in the Earth (up to 660–750 km) compared to most other diamonds.


UCT statement on students’ mental health
31 July 2018
The University of Cape Town takes student mental health concerns very seriously and as such frequently promotes and communicates about the work of the Student Wellness Service (SWS) which offers counselling services, among other health and wellness services.


UCT students win international financial maths challenge
27 July 2018
University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s in Mathematical Finance students, Cole van Jaarsveld and Bandile Mbele, have helped their international team clinch a coveted trophy at the annual Financial Mathematics Team Challenge (FMTC).


UCT researchers pioneering research into hearing impairments in sub-Saharan Africa
26 July 2018
University of Cape Town (UCT) academics in partnership with their counterparts in Cameroon, Ghana and Mali are working on genomic research which aims to find the genes that cause hearing impairment in people from Africa and to better understand how these genes affect hearing in African populations.


Launch of the Metrological and Applied Sciences University Research Unit
13 July 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) invites members of the media to the launch of the Metrological and Applied Sciences University Research Unit (MeASURe) which has recently been established within the Department of Physics at UCT.


UCT and partners develop test that diagnoses TB Meningitis within 2 hours
12 July 2018
The University of Cape Town, in partnership with Antrum Biotech, have developed a new rapid test that is able to diagnose TB meningitis – a major cause of death in Southern Africa – within 2 hours. The test is currently undergoing validation to enter the global market.


UCT student builds app to make buying and selling textbooks cheaper and easier
5 July 2018
For many students new textbooks are excessively expensive, while second-hand books can be hard to find. University of Cape Town (UCT) student Tamir Shklaz is making the process easier and more convenient with his digital platform Quillo, which connects buyers and sellers of second-hand university textbooks.


UCT economists develop income comparison tool to help people understand inequality
5 July 2018
South Africa is known for having the highest income inequality in the world. This is talked about a lot, but the country doesn’t appear to be any closer to finding a solution. If anything, because inequality is such a big part of people’s lived reality every minute of every day, some of its most distinctive features appear to have been internalised and normalised in society.


UCT professor honoured for research in reducing energy poverty for the benefit of poor communities
5 July 2018
Reducing energy poverty, while at the same time making a just transition to a low-carbon energy economy, is a key challenge of the 21st century.


UCT statement in relation to false allegations made on social media about the finances of the Faculty of Law
5 July 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has taken note of the recent social media posts that make very serious allegations about the financial management of the UCT Faculty of Law. The allegations include claims of fraud and other impropriety, and specifically include claims that the former dean of the faculty, Professor Penelope Andrews, was involved in this inappropriate activity. The posts also included parts of financial statements from the faculty, claiming that these were evidence of fraudulent behaviour and that this caused the institution to force Professor Andrews to resign.


UCT establishes first South African extraordinary unit to probe problems of antibiotic resistance
3 July 2018
A new multi-disciplinary unit has been established at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to address the origins and effects of antimicrobial resistance and to develop potential preventative strategies. It is the first South African unit dedicated to studying the origin, development and fundamental drivers of antimicrobial resistance and multidrug-resistant pathogens (bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms that cause diseases).

Second quarter


Exciting programme launched to boost drug discovery for Malaria, Tuberculosis and other neglected tropical diseases in Africa
28 June 2018
The University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have committed funding for the discovery of new drugs for diseases endemic to Africa over the next 2 years.


UCT Autism Centre honoured with double international awards for outstanding research
28 June 2018
A University of Cape Town (UCT) interdisciplinary team, the Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA), led by Prof Petrus de Vries, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UCT, recently received 2 prestigious international awards for their research in autism spectrum disorder.


Young mother defies financial pressures and adversity to graduate at UCT
21 June 2018
Bianca Rousseau had to drop out of school and find herself a job to finance her studies. Rousseau always wanted to continue studying after matriculating, but as 1 of 4 children being raised by a single mother, there wasn’t any money.


UCT notes inappropriate phrasing in winter school programme
21 June 2018
The University of Cape Town has noted the inclusion of the words “POC” in the programme of the Decolonised Winter School (DWS), scheduled for 24–30 June.


UCT team wins global sustainability award for self-sustaining toilet hub
19 June 2018
A University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer and his team have won an international sustainability competition with their self-sustaining toilet hub that converts urine and faeces into fertilizers and compost.


UCT’s LLB programme granted full accreditation by CHE
16 June 2018
The University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Law has received confirmation of full accreditation for its LLB programme by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).


UCT lecturer recognised for making physics accessible
15 June 2018
Teachers that inspire students to become scientists are desperately needed in a country whose basic education levels in maths and science are constantly being scrutinised.


New coal power will cost SA billions, UCT study finds
14 June 2018
A study by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Energy Research Centre (ERC) has revealed that newly built coal power plants will add billions to South Africa’s power bill over the course of their lifetime, and force cheaper and cleaner renewable-energy alternatives out of the system for years to come.


Work starts on state-of-the-art Neuroscience Centre at Groote Schuur Hospital
12 June 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Western Cape Government celebrated breaking ground on the Neuroscience Centre at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) Cape Town in a ceremony on Tuesday, 12 June 2018.


Road-trip survey shows decline in bird population at Africa’s last greatest wilderness area
6 June 2018
A 2-year project to repeat a famous bird survey by driving over 20 000km across Botswana has confirmed researchers’ fears – that many birds of prey are fast disappearing from one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas.


UCT’s child nursing initiative wins prestigious Global Health Impact award
5 June 2018
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative (CNPDI) Critical Care education team has won the 2018 Burdett Nursing Award: Global Health Impact. This award recognises the team’s outstanding contribution to the development of paediatric nursing across the continent. CNDPI is a partnership between UCT and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – Africa’s premier training centre.


UCT statement on legal action over appointment of DVC
5 June 2018
The University of Cape Town confirms that we have been formally notified that the unsuccessful candidate in the recruitment process for the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching & Learning, is taking legal action against the university.


UCT business school scoops award at international competition for Marikana case study
28 May 2018
A University of Cape Town (UCT) research that looks at Lonmin Plc mining and the role of investors, following the Marikana massacre in 2012, has won researchers from the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) first prize in the prestigious 2017 European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Case Writing Competition in the African Business Case category.


UCT congratulates Miss Universe and Miss World South Africa 2018
28 May 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) congratulates Ms Tamaryn Green and Ms Thulisa Keyi on being crowned Miss Universe South Africa 2018 and Miss World South Africa 2018.


UCT Biomedical engineers design affordable adrenaline auto-injector to assist people prone to allergies
28 May 2018
People with allergies to certain foods, bee stings, and so on, develop an auto-immune condition called anaphylaxis and when the person is exposed to a substance that triggers an allergic reaction, they need to use an adrenaline auto-injector within 15 minutes. If they are unable to do this the situation could be fatal – according to Associate Professor Mike Levin, head of the Division of Asthma and Allergy at the University of Cape Town (UCT).


UCT study suggests the illicit trade in cigarettes targets poor communities in SA
28 May 2018
With World No Tobacco Day set to be commemorated on 31 May 2018, research at the University of Cape Town (UCT) shows that the decline in excise tax revenue from tobacco products may indicate a large increase in the illicit cigarette market. Cigarettes acquired through the illegal market are cheaper, making it easier for people to start smoking, consume more, as well as not quit the habit as easily as they may have.


UCT’s Centre of African Studies marks Africa Day by appointing renowned African scholar as honorary professor
25 May 2018
In marking Africa Day, the Centre for African Studies (CAS) at the University of Cape Town has announced the appointment of esteemed Ugandan Professor Mahmood Mamdani as Honorary Professor.


UCT business school ranked in the Financial Times Top 90
25 May 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has climbed 3 places up to be ranked 67th among the Top 90 business schools in the prestigious annual Financial Times Executive Education Customised Rankings 2018. The GSB was also ranked in the Top 50 for its international clients, faculty diversity and future use.


Unveiling the secrets of the Southern Sky - launch of the MeerLICHT telescope
24 May 2018
On Friday May 25 – Africa Day 2018 - a new telescope has been inaugurated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), near Sutherland, that will be an “eye of the MeerKAT radio array”, the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).


UCT law student selected for prestigious Yale University Fellowship
24 May 2018
University of Cape Town (UCT) Law PhD candidate Elkanah Babatunde is off to Yale University in the United States (US) after receiving the prestigious Yale Fox International Fellowship.


Funding of R1.5 million unlocked for UCT social entrepreneurs
24 May 2018
Student social entrepreneurs from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been given a lifeline by the South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation after it pledged an amount of R1.5 million. This Student Seed Fund (SSF) is an initiative of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a specialised unit at UCT’s Graduate School of Business. The SSF provides students with innovative ideas for social enterprises with access to seed capital.


Launch of a new optical telescope to be linked to the MeerKAT radio telescope
22 May 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) invites members of the media to a discussion ahead of the launch of the MeerLICHT optical telescope in Sutherland on Friday, 25 May 2018.


UCT Inaugural Lecture to raise awareness on mental health in low and middle-income countries
22 May 2018
Issues of mental health are particularly neglected in Africa. Africans face many challenges, including intractable poverty, infectious diseases, maternal and child mortality, as well as conflict, but the importance of mental health is often overlooked.


“Asbestos Blues and the Politics of Silicosis in South African Gold Mines – A tribute to Jock McCulloch and his work”
17 May 2018
South Africa’s largest and most expensive class action to date, brought by mine workers against 7 gold mining companies, was recently concluded with the signing of a R5 billion mediated settlement.


UCT notes apology for response to student
17 May 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has noted and appreciates an apology that was made today by a staff member in relation to a message that was written by him and which later became public after it was posted on social media.


UCT statement on exams and Eid
16 May 2018
The University of Cape Town confirms that provision has been made to accommodate students who wish to observe Eid during the exam period.


UCT to hold Pint of Science Festival – bringing science out of labs, to bars and pubs
10 May 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a 3-day science festival, but with a twist - the Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars and pubs. This is to demystify science and make it accessible to everyone.


UCT steps up its water-saving initiatives amid recent rains
4 May 2018
The recent rains have not slowed down the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) response to the water crisis in the Western Cape. The university is looking into sustaining a water saving culture, not only during the current crisis but far into the future.


UCT researchers are reducing the burden of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa and beyond
4 May 2018
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) has become the leading cause of death in Africa and many developing countries according to studies. As resources are limited in low-and-middle-income-countries, it is imperative that interventions be guided by the cost-effectiveness of screening and early treatment opportunities.


UCT engineers have designed a device to improve the quality of life for asthma sufferers
30 April 2018
Every year in South Africa asthma claims the lives of 58 500 people, and there are 3.9 million people who live with this disease. About 10% of adults and 20% of children suffer from asthma, and the country has the fourth highest asthma-related death toll in the world. Most deaths due to asthma can be prevented with proper treatment.


UCT study finds that most restaurant owners support a complete ban on smoking in restaurants
30 April 2018
South Africa’s anti-smoking measures are about to get tougher. Big Tobacco may have intensified its marketing blitz in the developing world, but South Africa’s Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, isn’t having any of it. At the World Conference on Tobacco or Health held in Cape Town recently, Motsoaledi announced a 100% ban on smoking in public areas. This means that the dedicated smoking areas in restaurants and other hospitality establishments will no longer be available.


Survey reveals UCT graduates are increasingly entrepreneurial
26 April 2018
While South Africa is grappling with high rates of unemployment and the world of work is in near constant flux, University of Cape Town (UCT) graduates are becoming increasingly entrepreneurial. This was one of the major findings of the 2018 graduate exit survey administered by the UCT Careers Service.


UCT explores female conflict and mate choice dilemmas in Southern Pied Babbler birds
25 April 2018
Direct conflicts between females, as well as the presence of multiple potential mates for males, play a big part in determining when adult offspring breed. This is according to University of Cape Town’s FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology research findings, recently published in Molecular Ecology on group-living Southern Pied Babblers residing in the South African Kalahari Desert.


Power-line collisions threaten South African bird species
20 April 2018
With a rich community of large terrestrial birds, southern Africa is of particular importance for its unique diversity of bustards, with 6 of its 11 species endemic to the region.


Merck, UCT and Medicines for Malaria Venture join forces to feed the antimalarial pipeline
19 April 2018
The Merck Global Health Institute, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) have joined forces to find new therapeutic solutions against malaria. Through this collaborative effort in drug discovery, the partners underscore their firm and long-term commitment to contribute to the discovery and development of new treatments to fight malaria.


UCT researchers call for new TB vaccine strategies for HIV-exposed infants
17 April 2018
Globally, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the biggest challenges facing public healthcare systems in low-and-middle-income countries. South Africa is still considered a TB high-burden country, with TB being the leading fatal infectious disease, surpassing HIV.


South Africa to play key role in unprecedented international scientific expedition off Antarctica
10 April 2018
In an event held at The Royal Geographical Society in London today, it was announced that, during January/February 2019, a major international scientific expedition will explore one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world: the Weddell Sea off Antarctica.


UCT’s Psychology Department to host discussion on a global research initiative to address violence against children
10 April 2018
Approximately 1 billion children worldwide are victims of violence and abuse every year. The consequences are devastating and include poor neuro-cognitive development, emotional problems, externalising behaviours, substance use, and poor physical health including a shorter life expectancy.


UCT to honour struggle icon Chris Hani on 25th anniversary of assassination
9 April 2018
In recognition of the late anti-apartheid veteran, Chris Hani, the University of Cape Town (UCT) will celebrate the life and legacy of the inspirational leader, by renaming the New Science Lecture Theatre to the Chris Hani Lecture Theatre. This is to honour the late icon’s contribution to South Africa’s democracy.


UCT graduate proves through stubborn determination in the face of adversity anything is possible
4 April 2018
After 9 long and difficult years, including being academically excluded 4 times, suffering from bouts of depression, and the birth of his baby girl, Siyabonga Mdlalose recently graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT).


UCT graduation: celebrating success and honouring excellence
3 April 2018
The University of Cape Town will cap approximately 5 228 students in 14 graduation ceremonies, which got underway this morning and will be held until 11 April 2018.


Statement on the passing of struggle stalwart Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
3 April 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) joins the nation and the international community in mourning the passing away of one of the greatest struggle stalwarts in the fight against apartheid, Mrs Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela.

First quarter


UCT graduate overcomes 3 death tragedies to achieve excellence
29 March 2018
After losing his father, brother-in-law and close friend in just over a month in his final year of undergraduate study, University of Cape Town (UCT) student Sipho Mbadaliga was unsure if he would be able to complete his degree.


UCT to honour Justice Mokgoro and Prof O’Connell
28 March 2018
The first black woman to be appointed to the Constitutional Court in post democratic South Africa, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, and former Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Professor Brian O’Connell, will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Cape Town (UCT) next week.


UCT student overcomes multiple odds to graduate – with a little help from the Student in Distress Fund
28 March 2018
Graduations are celebrations, but few realise the struggles that many students face in getting across the finish line. One such student is Nkululeko Dlamini, who overcame multiple difficulties to complete his studies engineering studies at the University of Cape Town.


Effort to develop vaccine to prevent progression from latent to active TB disease
24 March 2018
A global effort is underway to develop a new TB vaccine that blocks progression from the precursor phase of TB, so-called latent infection, to active disease. A vaccine that is effective in infected adults will be key to interrupting the cycle of transmission and halting the global epidemic.


UCT to raise awareness in district with high TB rate
23 March 2018
The University of Cape Town’s South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) has collaborated with the provincial Department of Education and other partners to mark World TB Day in the Cape Winelands district with an exhibition which will be hosted in 3 towns – Worcester, Stellenbosch and Robertson. World TB day is commemorated each year on 24 March.


UCT’s innovative research supports global ‘End TB Strategy’
23 March 2018
Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious fatal disease in South Africa, outstripping HIV for the number 1 spot. Over the past decade, more than 3 million people have suffered from the disease and every year new cases are reported. TB kills about 270 people in South Africa every day. Addressing this epidemic requires bold initiatives aimed at treating the underlying cause rather than the symptoms.


Flight delays: A recent study finds out why some African birds stay home longer
22 March 2018
Parents of millennials still living at home are not the only ones with children that refuse to leave. Many animal species have adult offspring that are slow to take flight, but when and how they leave home has been poorly understood by scientists. But new research on a desert-dwelling African bird is now yielding some answers.


New facility launched at UCT to help astronomers in South Africa understand big data
22 March 2018
A first of its kind visualisation facility has been launched by the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where astronomers from around the country can explore their data and find answers to some of the biggest questions about our universe.


UCT students explore sustainable water treatment processes
20 March 2018
The water crisis in the Western Cape has necessitated for more attention to be placed on the growing need for innovation and research for industrial water treatment. While there are various technologies to treat mining wastewater to produce potable water, University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers are looking at industrial crystallisation which can be used to treat salt water.


Report reveals main motives of rising contract killings in South Africa
20 March 2018
A report released by the Assassination Witness project on contract killings in South Africa has revealed that the main motivations for assassinations were political, economic and social. The Assassination Witness project is a collaboration between the Centre for Criminology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GITOC).


Poor living conditions and unemployment strongly linked to depression – UCT study reveals
19 March 2018
Individuals living in more deprived neighbourhoods in South Africa experience more depressive symptoms than their counterparts in wealthier neighbourhoods. This is according to a recent University of Cape Town (UCT) study published in the journal, BMC Psychiatry.


UCT climate scientist wins prestigious international award
19 March 2018
Professor Mark New, Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Piers Sellers Prize for world-leading contributions to solution-focused climate research.


UCT Council officially announces Prof Phakeng as new Vice-Chancellor
17 March 2018
The University of Cape Town Council officially announced that Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor with effect from 1 July 2018.


Study by UCT academics prompts a call for a national ban on lead bullets
15 March 2018
A third of all vultures caught and tested in a Botswana study involving a University of Cape Town (UCT) academic showed elevated levels of lead in their blood, most likely due to ingesting lead bullet-contaminated flesh. Hunters' bullets shatter inside their prey and can then be absorbed into the blood stream of the vultures when they feed on these animals or their remains. This ingested lead is highly toxic to birds.


UCT academic joins UN Special Envoy in discussions over uncertain water future
9 March 2018
The University of Cape Town’s Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Climate Action, Mike Bloomberg, on a tour of the Theewaterskloof Dam this week.


UCT and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems to collaborate on research
6 March 2018
A partnership between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, which is based in Germany, has served as a stepping stone in developing new and innovative technologies for South Africa.


Three subjects at UCT ranked in the top 50 in the world
5 March 2018
The University of Cape Town has been ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in 3 subjects – development studies, geography and sport – in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. A further 8 subjects are in the top 100.


Update on the selection process for the new VC
1 March 2018
Following the public presentations by the 2 shortlisted candidates for the position of Vice-Chancellor and the interviews held last week, the selection committee presented their recommendation to Senate this afternoon.


Visiting United States law Professor Davis to deliver talk on ‘Power, Prosecution and Racism’
27 February 2018
The Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town will host US law Professor Angela J Davis, who is an expert in prosecutorial power and racism in the US criminal justice system, on 1 March.


Better access to research is vital to advance healthcare in Africa, UCT study finds
26 February 2018
Researchers from the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town found that 1 in 6 African emergency care publications are inaccessible outside institutional library subscriptions and therefore not accessible to African researchers.


Small plastic pollution on South African beaches comes from local sources – UCT study
26 February 2018
A study of the small plastic fragments on South Africa’s beaches repeated every 10 years since the mid-1990s has found that most plastic pollution derives from local sources. This is important, because it means that we cannot blame distant nations with much larger plastic industries for the poor state of many of our beaches and adjacent coastal waters.


UCT civil engineering student wins top national award for water project on waterless urinals
21 February 2018
With Cape Town experiencing the worst drought in over a century and facing the possibility of Day Zero, a University of Cape Town (UCT) Civil Engineering graduate has won a prestigious award for a project on waterless urinals.


Results from innovative tuberculosis vaccine trial show potential for new revaccination strategies
20 February 2018
Scientists from the University of Cape Town’s South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation will present the findings of an innovative clinical trial that provides encouraging new evidence that TB vaccines could prevent sustained TB infections in high-risk adolescents.


UCT research group notes shortcomings in the National Minimum Wage Bill
19 February 2018
The Department of Labour is considering one of the biggest changes to South Africa’s labour laws since 1995 by, amongst other things, introducing a National Minimum Wage (NMW). The NMW Bill will set a wage of at least R20 for workers across all sectors of the economy subject to lower wages in the domestic and farming sectors.


UCT and Eskom partnership brings change in the energy sector
19 February 2018
A new research group, the Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), is building on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Eskom to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world experience and solutions to some of the challenges facing ageing energy infrastructure in South Africa.


UCT study to uncover why brains seize
15 February 2018
Over the past 5 years, a University of Cape Town (UCT) scientist has been able to establish the necessary local technology to study the function of individual brain cells which aims to uncover why brains seize – resulting in the development of epileptic seizures.


UCT scientists drive genomics research in tackling diseases endemic to Africa
13 February 2018
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Hearing Impairment Genetics Studies in Africa has been awarded grant funding by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for cutting-edge research. The research offers the potential to identify genes that cause non-syndromic hearing loss – loss of hearing that is not associated with other signs and symptoms.


Invitation: UCT hosts open lecture on Cape Town water crisis
12 February 2018
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Future Water Institute, will host an open lecture by Dr Kevin Winter on Monday, 12 February. The lecture is titled: “Cape Town’s water crisis before Day Zero”.


UCT helps public schools to improve the quality of education in South Africa
12 February 2018
In South Africa many low and no-fee public schools are poorly equipped for the challenge of educating children affected by hunger, poverty, violence or ill-health. To ensure quality education for these learners, schools need to improve their skills in leading and sustaining partnerships with social purpose organisations and governments.


UCT leading programme to reduce child death rates in Africa
08 February 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT)'s African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) is addressing the paediatric medical skills shortage in Africa to prevent treatable diseases and infections responsible for the deaths of these children.


UCT update on student accommodation
7 February 2018
The University of Cape Town has had approximately 86% of students with accommodation offers placed at residences on campus as at Tuesday, 6 February 2018. The university is, at this stage, aware of only 80 students who were made accommodation offers but were yet to be placed.


UCT community urged to step up water saving measures
30 January 2018
Discussions on the University of Cape Town’s response to Day Zero have begun and the university is developing contingency plans.


UCT Business School receives top international accreditation
24 January 2018
The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) has once again been awarded the highly regarded Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation, effective for the next 5 years. This cements the GSB’s reputation as one of the top business schools in the world.


UCT to assist walk-in applicants
23 January 2018
The University of Cape Town is currently engaging various internal stakeholders on how to handle walk-in applications. The university’s commitment is to assist walk-ins as best as possible and processes are being put in place to enable this.


UCT community urged to step up water saving measures
23 January 2018
The University of Cape Town executive has issued the below communication appealing to the university community to step up water saving measures and providing an update on the institution’s plan to continue operations should the city reach Day Zero.


UCT to consult with Khoisan community over Sara Baartman Memorial Hall renaming
19 January 2018
The University of Cape Town Council will take the decision on the renaming of the Memorial Hall to Sara Baartman Memorial Hall after consultation by the Names of Building Committee with the Khoisan community.


UCT statement on the impact of the water crisis
18 January 2018
The University of Cape Town is at this stage not facing the risk of any research activities having to be curtailed as a result of the water crisis in Cape Town.


Where technology and ecology meet: using big data in fynbos studies
18 January 2018
While the term "big data" may not conjure up images of plants, Associate Professor Adam West from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), is using this technology to accurately map ecosystems.


Paperless laboratories for researchers at UCT
16 January 2018
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) eResearch department is being steered in the direction of a paperless tracking solution to researchers across the university. A major part of patenting intellectual property in research is the ability to provide evidence in the form of meticulous record-keeping and verification of the lab activities.


Injectable birth control may raise HIV infection risk by 40%
08 January 2018
The intramuscular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA, may raise the risk for HIV infection by 40% in women, according to research published recently in Endocrine Reviews. Research indicates alternative contraception methods may help protect women.


Imbizo brings together African students with world’s leading computational neuroscientists
04 January 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT), together with the University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford, will host a prestigious summer school in January 2018 to help develop computational neuroscience in Africa.


Surgical patients are twice as likely to die in Africa – UCT study
04 January 2018
When compared to the global average, 1 in 5 surgical patients in Africa, who are generally young and fit, will develop complications, and 2% will die following surgery. This mortality rate is twice the global average for surgical mortality, which is 1%.