Media releases


Fourth quarter


Former Miss SA’s challenging road to graduation
20 December 2019
After a seven-year journey at the UCT which includes overcoming Tuberculosis (TB), former Miss South Africa, Tamaryn Green, will finally graduate with her MBChB on Monday, 23 December.


Transgender UCT graduand reflects on his dysphoria experiences
17 December 2019
When Velile Vilane began his decade-long experience as an undergraduate at UCT, he registered as Miss Velile Vilane. When he stepped into the Sarah Baartman Hall at his graduation ceremony he did so as Mr Vilane. And he left the university as Dr Vilane.


UCT GSB graduate brings new born baby to class after surviving eclampsia four days earlier
17 December 2019
Rejoice Gorni began her postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town while she was 16 weeks pregnant. She has now graduated with a postgraduate diploma in management from UCT’s Graduate School of Business this December.


Chancellor Machel served faithfully in crucial ambassadorial role
11 December 2019
Chair of Council, Mr Sipho M Pityana, has paid tribute to outgoing UCT Chancellor, Mrs Graça Machel for “serving “faithfully for 20 years” and enhancing “our reputation through her association with our institution”.


“I am not leaving UCT, I am taking UCT with me!” – Chancellor Machel
12 December 2019
Outgoing University of Cape Town Chancellor Mrs Graça Machel – who will conclude her term at the end of this year – was honoured at a special graduation ceremony on 12 December 2019.


UCT MSc engineering graduate establishes – decades later – why walls of granny’s house in Lesotho were cracking
11 December 2019
Monica Damane grew up wanting to know why the walls of her grandmother’s house in Quthing, Lesotho were cracking and through hard work and determination she managed to answer this question while earning an MSc in engineering, specialising in geotechnical engineering, obtained through the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment.


UCT to bid farewell to Chancellor Machel at summer graduation ceremonies
11 December 2019
The University of Cape Town will bid farewell to Chancellor Graca Machel at this summer’s graduation ceremonies, where approximately 1771 students are scheduled to graduate.


South Africa most coal-dependent of all G20 countries
2 December 2019
South Africa’s energy sector is the most coal-dependent of all the G20 countries. This is according to the fifth annual Brown to Green Report that was released on 11 November 2019. The report also found that SA’s per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are some of the highest among the G20 nations.


Taking stock of South Africa’s renewable marine resources
29 November 2019
The University of Cape Town’s Marine Resource Assessment and Management Group (MARAM Group), based in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, will host the Annual International Fisheries Stock Assessment Review Workshop this week, 2-6 December 2019.


Creating a division between ‘bad’ men and ‘good’ men creates a false sense of security
28 November 2019
Dr Benita Moolman’s research finds that both ‘toxic’ and ‘benevolent’ masculinities are perpetrators of gender-based violence. In other words, both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ men, rape and commit acts of intimate partner violence and femicide. .


UCT Annual Awards 2019
27 November 2019
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT), will host the 2019 UCT Annual Awards, on Thursday, 28 November 2019. The evening will see the university community gathered together to celebrate the outstanding contributions of professional, administrative support and service (PASS) and academic staff.


The highest energy light from a gamma-ray burst detected
22 November 2019
Astronomers from the University of Cape Town (UCT), including Professor Patrick Woudt and MSc student Reikantseone Diretse, are part of an international team of more than 300 researchers that has gained further insight into the physical processes at work during gamma-ray bursts (GRB).


UCT scientist leads ground-breaking project on fluctuating pollen levels
21 November 2019
A multidisciplinary project which may fundamentally change the allergy treatment process and the way healthcare professionals respond to common allergies like asthma, hay fever and eczema is being led by the Division of Allergology and Immunology at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Lung Institute. The project is examining the fluctuating pollen levels in South Africa and the subsequent effects on the human body.


Two UCT subjects ranked in top 100 in the world
20 November 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been ranked among the top 100 globally for two subjects – clinical, pre-clinical and health; and social sciences – in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings by subject.


UCT collaborating on new TB vaccine clinical trial
20 November 2019
The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative – located at the University of Cape Town – as well as Biofabri and International Aids Vaccine Initiative recently announced an ongoing clinical trial to further evaluate the novel tuberculosis (TB) vaccine candidate MTBVAC in an adult endemic population.


Global fertility industry reaffirms pre-existing inequalities
19 November 2019
University of Cape Town sociologist and feminist ethnographer Associate Professor Amrita Pande looks at the many interwoven processes that make up flows of fertility around the world. The global fertility trade can include anything that goes into the making of a baby. The industry now occurs in many countries and involves multiple kinds of reproductive actors or labourers, including egg providers, surrogates, brokers, doctors and prospective parents.


UCT researcher recognised for putting spotlight on cervical cancer
13 November 2019
University of Cape Town Professor Lynette Denny, who has been researching methods of cervical cancer prevention among poor women for 25 years, says coalescing the areas of policy, resources, research and screening is essential to changing the status quo. Cervical cancer is significantly higher among black women in South Africa.


Media invite: Multimillion-rand new device to help with monitoring and treating TB in the Western Cape
12 November 2019
The Western Cape has had insufficient PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography) capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for these scans for clinical studies in tuberculosis (TB) to monitor progression from infection to disease, and to provide early indication of the efficacy of new TB drugs and drug combinations.


UCT students finding ways to revolutionise SA health sector
11 November 2019
Under the Futures in Health Accelerator Project, led by the University of Cape Town’s Surgical Society (SurgSoc), students from across faculties joined forces to develop futuristic ways in which to improve healthcare in the country.


UCT providing healing through science in an unprecedented transformational process
4 November 2019
An interdisciplinary team of academics from the University of Cape Town and two international institutions has conducted a series of scientific studies on the remains of nine people from Sutherland to uncover a range of findings in an unprecedented moment through which science is used for restorative justice.


Media conference: UCT providing redress through science
1 November 2019
In 2018, the University of Cape Town announced that it had 11 skeletons in its human remains collection that were found to have been unethically obtained by the institution in the 1920s. Nine of these individuals were brought to UCT in the 1920s from Sutherland in the Northern Cape. UCT commenced a restitution process for the nine sacred remains.


UCT Vice-Chancellor wishes class of 2019 matriculants well for their exams
23 October 2019
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has wished the class of 2019 matriculants well for their examinations. This year, 790 405 matriculants will sit for their exams, which started today.


Harnessing Africa’s potential to develop medicines for its people
17 October 2019
Africa makes up 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden yet the discovery and development of medicines that end up in Africa has historically only happened in the global North. It is time for the situation to change, says Professor Kelly Chibale, the director and founder of the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.


A study in African women sheds new light on barriers to a cure for HIV
15 October 2019
An international, collaborative study led by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers has revealed an unexpected finding that could lead to better therapies towards reducing the HIV reservoir, a major barrier to developing a cure for HIV. The reservoir consists of viral DNA that survives hidden in the body even after indefinite treatment with antiretrovirals.


Long-term success rates for kidney transplants between HIV positive donor and recipient
7 October 2019
South Africa has one of the highest incidences of people living with HIV in the world with over seven million people living with the disease. Thus, a new study which has found that survival rates between an HIV positive donor and an HIV positive recipient shows long-term success is positive news for the country.


Most plastic dumped at sea doesn’t come from land-based sources, UCT study finds
2 October 2019
New research led by the University of Cape Town has cast doubt on the widely held assumption that most marine plastic comes from land-based sources, but rather that a significant proportion come from ships dumping their litter at sea in contravention of international law.

Third quarter


UCT academics appointed to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council
29 September 2019
Two University of Cape Town academics are looking forward to contributing to South Africa’s economic growth following their appointment to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC).


UCT academics promote women in science at international event
27 September 2019
Soapbox Science – a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do – will come to South Africa for the first time this month. The Pierhead at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will be transformed into an arena for learning and debate, engaging people from all walks of life with some of the South Africa’s most ground-breaking scientific research on 28 September 2019.


African scientists contribute in efforts to reduce Africa’s high disease burden
26 September 2019
The World Bank estimates that Africa’s disease burden stands at 25% of the global figure. In efforts to reduce this burden, up to 300 African scientists are converging in Accra, Ghana, this week. They will map out progress of a multi-million, multi-country and multi-year genomic research programme to increase understanding of how human genes and the environment are contributing to Africa’s increased susceptibility to disease.


UCT student entrepreneurs top in South Africa
26 September 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been named the winning university in the 2019 Entrepreneurship Intervarsity, thanks largely to three innovative students whose out-of-the-box business ideas bowled the judges over at the competition finals this past week.


UCT researcher reviving the history of great African composers
25 September 2019
Internationally recognised cellist, composer and University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher, Dr Thokozani Mhlambi, has shed light on a rich history of great African composers which he hopes will spark a revival in music that has been hidden for years.


UCT collaborates with global organisation on International Day of Peace
18 September 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is collaborating with PeaceCast.TV – an online media channel airing humanitarian and peace-related videos from people and organisations worldwide – to celebrate International Day of Peace.


mGenAfrica partners with education department to host matric provincial competition promoting science and technology
13 September 2019
mGenAfrica, a University of Cape Town (UCT) platform which promotes engagement between high school learners and research staff working in genomics and other health research fields across Africa, will host a provincial competition for Grade 12 learners to promote science and technology this weekend.


Seminar: Spotlight on violence: what do SA’s crime statistics say?
11 September 2019
High levels of violence and poor governance threaten South Africa’s prospects. Public anxiety has been heightened by recent high-profile incidents such as the rape and murder of University of Cape Town (UCT) student Uyinene Mrwetyana, mob attacks on foreign nationals, and the deployment of the military to support police on the Cape Flats.


UCT concerned over disruptions by group of non-employees
11 September 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is deeply concerned about a group of people (not staff of the university) who are disrupting classes and interfering in UCT’s operations.


UCT professor to be honoured with prestigious award by Emperor of Japan at special ceremony
10 September 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) applied mathematician and fisheries scientist Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth will be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sustainable management of the country’s fisheries, in particular southern bluefin tuna, one of the world’s most valuable fisheries.


Scientists to contribute to the development of sustainable marine aquaculture in Africa
08 September 2019
World per capita fish consumption is expected to increase by 2030 with the exception of Africa, due to population growth outpacing supply on this continent. This raises food and nutrition security issues owing to the high prevalence of malnutrition in the region and the contribution of fish to total animal intake in many African countries.


UCT introduces special tribunal and online reporting tool to deal with GBV cases
06 September 2019
The University of Cape Town has introduced with immediate effect a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender-based violence. The university has also created an online reporting tool that makes the reporting of sexual and gender-based violence user-friendly and accessible.


Remembering Nene: Honouring the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence
05 September 2019
The University of Cape Town executive issued the below communication to the campus community on Thursday, 5 September. This follows both the memorial service for Ms Uyinene Mrwetyana and the mass picket to Parliament, which took place on Wednesday, 4 September.


UCT Chancellor urges everyone to pledge to take action against Gender-Based Violence
04 September 2019
The University of Cape Town Chancellor Mrs Graça Machel has urged everyone to pledge to take action to ensure that South Africa is a safe country for women and children. Speaking at the memorial service of the late Uyinene Mrwetyana on Wednesday, Mrs Machel expressed the collective pain experienced by all across campus following the passing of the first-year film and media studies student.


Academic classes and tests suspended 5 and 6 September
04 September 2019
Wednesday, 4 September, has been an emotional day for the University of Cape Town (UCT) community and for wider South African society, with several protest events rising up against sexual and gender-based violence in this country. Since the beginning of the week, staff and students have been gathering in separate vigils, prayer circles and small groups to remember Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana.


Remembering Nene: rise against sexual and gender-based violence
03 September 2019
The UCT executive and members of the Leadership Lekgotla have been in urgent discussion since receiving the formal announcement of the brutal death of our student Uyinene Mrwetyana, fondly known as Nene.


UCT announces Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe as next chancellor
30 August 2019
In a fitting end to Women’s month, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is proud to announce that Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe has been duly elected as the next chancellor of the university, a position that she will take up from 1 January 2020.


First-ever book festival on the Cape Flats
30 August 2019
Award winning poet and University of Cape Town (UCT) senior lecturer Athol Williams is part of the organising committee of the first-ever book festival on the Cape Flats taking place this weekend, from 31 August – 1 September.


UCT’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and Kofi Annan Foundation to host democracy conference
29 August 2019
In honour of the values shared by former president Nelson Mandela and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and the Kofi Annan Foundation are partnering to host the “Democracy in central and southern Africa - The Road Ahead” conference.


UCT victorious at Entrepreneurship Intervarsity regionals
26 August 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) shone at the inaugural Entrepreneurship Intervarsity’s Western Cape regional round, with the five winning teams selected to go through to the national finals coming from the institution.


UCT Lung Institute celebrates 20 years
26 August 2019
The excellent work done by the University of Cape (UCT) Lung Institute was highlighted when the institute celebrated its 20-year anniversary recently. Located at the Faculty of Health Sciences campus, the institute provides clinical services and its researchers work in the fields of respiratory medicine, tuberculosis (TB), allergies, occupational medicine and dermatology.


UCT team plays central role in R5 billion historic silicosis gold miners case
23 August 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) academics Dr Shahieda Adams and Professor Mohamed Jeebhay were part of a team that played an integral role in providing technical medical input to the legal arguments in South Africa’s historic R5 billion settlement for the gold miners who contracted silicosis and/or pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) at work.


UCT invests in women academics
23 August 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has kept to its commitment to create more opportunities for women by offering a total of R22.5 million in individual grants over five years.


UCT and CodeSpace expose high school learners to the world of coding
21 August 2019
High school learners were given a chance to tackle coding and robotics during the winter school holiday in a one-week intensive programme run jointly by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Information Technology and CodeSpace, a software training institute in Cape Town.


UCT department promoting inclusivity through series of events
21 August 2019
A series of events are taking place at the University of Cape Town this week to celebrate 25 years of championing Muslim women’s religious authority. The Department of Religious Studies and the African Gender Institute, together with American Muslim philosopher Emeritus Professor Amina Wadud, are seeking to promote inclusivity in Islam during the Gender Ethics and Religious Authority 2019 Programme.


Five UCT open online courses in the top 100 of all time globally
21 August 2019
Five University of Cape Town (UCT)’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) have made the Class Central list of the Top Free Online Courses Of All Time, based on tens of thousands of user reviews.


UCT partners with Motsepe Foundation on gender equality event
20 August 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is partnering with the Motsepe Foundation and three other universities to host a dialogue on gender equality this afternoon. The Universities in Dialogue event, under the topic “Gender Equality for South Africa’s Progress”, will be hosted by Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Motsepe Foundation in partnership with Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria.


UCT leading African university in all five major rankings
19 August 2019
The University of Cape Town(UCT) took the top spot in the continent and jumped back up into the 201-300 band worldwide in the latest Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019.


UCT to host special Women’s Day event
7 August 2019
In celebration of Women’s Day 2019, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT), Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng will host a special event under the theme: “For Womxn, By Womxn”.


False Bay: A natural jewel in peril
19 August 2019
False Bay, a biodiversity hotspot and one of South Africa’s top tourism attractions, is under threat from growing coastal developments, pollution, climate change and over-fishing. Thirty-two researchers collaborated on the publication of “A synthesis of three decades of socio-ecological change in False Bay” in Elementa – Science of the Anthropocene – painting a dire picture.


UCT steps up energy sustainability efforts linked to reducing carbon emissions by 2030
15 August 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is preparing a new energy sustainability plan that is intended to significantly reduce energy consumption and net carbon emissions by 2030. The university initiatives will likely consist of a programmatic approach including:


Breakthrough in pain management for amputees with limb pain
12 August 2019
An incident in which a University of Cape Town (UCT) physiotherapy student saw an amputee sobbing due to unbearable pain that could not be associated with anything has led to new research that dispels the fallacy that phantom pain is a psychological disorder.


Why decolonisation of Intellectual Property matters
7 August 2019
To what extent do the recent legislative initiatives in South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill speak to the decolonisation agenda and the issues raised by the changes in the information economy such as the emergence of big data, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa?


Managing overflowing Cape Town dams a challenge, warns UCT academic
6 August 2019
Last week the Berg River Dam reached full capacity for the first time in five years. Capetonians were relieved to see the first of its supply dams overflowing and releasing water into the Berg River.


UCT to host largest career expo in South Africa
5 August 2019
The Epic Job Expo, which will be hosted by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Careers Service this week, is the perfect opportunity for students to speak to potential employers, fine-tune their curriculum vitae (CV) and listen to inspiring TED-style talks.


UCT and AHF take a stand against gender-based violence
1 August 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is partnering with the world’s largest non-profit HIV healthcare provider, AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION (AHF), in taking a stand against the silencing and dehumanising effects of gender-based violence (GBV) through a Silent Protest on Friday 2 August. The march will launch the university’s #JustNo campaign against GBV.


UCT researchers join forces in global efforts to save our oceans
31 July 2019
Researchers from three departments at UCT – environmental & geographical sciences, biological sciences and commercial law are part of a new multinational, interdisciplinary project – One Ocean Hub – which aims to transform global responses to challenges facing our oceans by bringing together researchers, organisations and local communities to tackle them.


Reminder: Activist Pregs Govender to present a public lecture on ʻInsubordinate Leadershipʼ
30 July 2019
Media are invited to the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe (KJB) Inaugural Leadership Lecture, a collaboration between the UCT KJB Programme and the UCT Poverty & Inequality Initiative.


UCT students reconceptualising District Six
26 July 2019
Honours students from the UCT School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics have been hard at work exploring ways of reconceptualising District Six, while accommodating the ongoing restitution process and residents’ ultimate return to the neighbourhood. This work is being done under the supervision of Professor of Architecture, Iain Low.


Reflections on lessons learnt during Cape Town’s water crisis
24 July 2019
When Day Zero – the day when taps would run dry – was narrowly averted in Cape Town and the drought ended, Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel undertook an 18-month research that would look at what other cities around the world could learn from Cape Town’s response to the crisis.


UCT and Bristol launch collaborative PhD programme
24 July 2019
UCT has joined forces with the University of Bristol to launch a new and exciting ‘Researchers without Borders’ PhD programme.


UCT continues engagement with alumni through Pretoria visit
22 July 2019
UCT Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation, Professor Loretta Feris, will visit Pretoria as part of an ongoing engagement programme facilitated by the university’s Development and Alumni Department.


UCT VC honoured by UK varsity for “exceptional work” in mathematics education
22 July 2019
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng "has made a substantial contribution to the development of mathematics education in South Africa, where she has worked tirelessly to build mathematics education institutions and create opportunities for others to access and thrive in mathematics."


UCT scientists aboard vessel to study harsh winter conditions in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica’s sea ice
15 July 2019
On 15 July 2019 the South African research vessel SA Agulhas II departed from Cape Town bound for the Southern Ocean and Antarctica’s winter sea ice. Onboard are 25 researchers from the UCT, joining 70 participants from South Africa and the rest of the world.


UCT doctoral student’s research contributes to South African mineral law
15 July 2019
UCT PhD student, Louie van Schalkwyk has spent the last three years investigating the zoning policies procedures of three municipalities, Umhlathuze in KwaZulu-Natal, Sol Plaatje in the Northern Cape and the City of Cape Town in the Western Cape, and how they provide for mining. The purpose of her research was to determine whether these policies and procedures are suitable for the kinds of mining activities that take place in their jurisdiction.


The workplace environment can lead to ill-health, UCT academic warns
15 July 2019
When patients seek treatment for a disease or illness, doctors rarely pick up that the illness has something to do with their work environment. This is the observation of Dr Itumeleng Ntatamala, a medical doctor specialising in Occupational Medicine at UCT.


UCT part of U7+ alliance to address most pressing global challenges
12 July 2019
Following the culmination of the inaugural U7+ Alliance Summit in Paris, UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng was among the five presidents speaking on behalf of universities and sharing the core principles and the conclusions for action.


UCT to confer 389 qualifications at winter graduation
11 July 2019
UCT will honour approximately 389 students during its winter graduation taking place at 10:00 on Friday, 12 July 2019, at the Sarah Baartman Hall on UCT’s Upper Campus.


Unborn child spurs UCT graduate to obtain her Master’s despite the odds
11 July 2019
She lost her mother two months before enrolling for a Master of Commerce degree, found out she was pregnant during her first block of classes and went into labour an evening before crucial tests during her second block.


Young UCT graduand completes chemical engineering PhD in record time
8 July 2019
Malibongwe Manono, who will be graduating with a PhD in chemical engineering from UCT at the age of just 31, believes that you can overcome anything as long as you set yourself a goal to achieve.


UCT-designed urine recovery system incorporated into new R600-million Exxaro headquarters building
8 July 2019
In a first for South Africa, a urine-recovery urinal system developed at UCT’s Department of Civil Engineering has been incorporated into the design of Growthpoint Properties’ new corporate headquarters for Exxaro in Centurion.


UCT to confer honorary doctorate on anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg
4 July 2019
UCT will confer an honorary doctorate on anti-apartheid activist and philanthropist Denis Goldberg at a graduation ceremony on 12 July 2019.


UCT GSB launches state-of-the-art academic conference centre
2 July 2019
The UCT Graduate School of Business will launch its state-of-the-art academic conference centre on the GSB campus on Wednesday, 3 July. The centre will enhance the school's ability to convene thought leadership conferences and host sizeable international delegations.

Second quarter


UCT in top 20 globally for mining & mineral engineering
28 June 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has performed well in the latest ShanghaiRanking’s Global Rankings of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2019, placing it in the top 20 for mining and mineral engineering.


UCT’s drug discovery centre receives R18m donation from former Coca-Cola chairman to drive crucial research
26 June 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT)’s alumnus and former chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, Neville Isdell, has donated US$1 242 160 (about R18 million) towards research into the discovery of new medicines for infectious diseases at the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.


The Kalahari Desert is becoming too hot for birds: new study
25 June 2019
The Kalahari Desert, one of the world’s last true wilderness areas, will lose much of its birdlife before the end of this century due to climate warming, according to a new scientific study by four South African authors, including University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Susan Cunningham, published in the American scientific journal, PNAS.


Deadline for applications to study at UCT looms for prospective students
24 June 2019
Prospective students planning to apply for undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are reminded that they have until 31 July 2019 to submit their applications for the 2020 academic year as opposed to previous years when applications closed at the end of September.


UCT moves into top 20% of world’s best universities – remains top university in Africa
19 June 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) remains the top university in Africa according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. This year, UCT moved up two places to 198th position, placing it in the top 20% of the world’s universities.


UCT drives a new generation of female scientists in human evolution research 
14 June 2019
The story of human evolution has long been told with fossils from South Africa – discovered by a privileged few. The Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to change that with a new generation of female scientists.


New study shows partial progress in South Africa’s HIV response
13 June 2019
According to a new study released today by the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa has made great strides in scaling up HIV testing and increasing HIV suppression in patients receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART), but is still struggling to reach ART coverage targets and is falling short of HIV prevention goals.


Khoekhoegowab language short course official launch
10 June 2019
Media are invited to attend a media conference officially launching the Khoekhoegowab language course at the University of Cape Town (UCT), which will be preceded by a cleansing ceremony before the start of the first class.


Outstanding UCT scientist to develop two new TB research areas after winning R1.5m Oppenheimer Fellowship award
7 June 2019
University of Cape Town’s Professor Valerie Mizrahi, who is the recipient of the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award for 2018 for her research into tuberculosis (TB), plans to use the award worth R1.5 million to develop two new areas of research which are built on expertise in the biology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as it relates to TB pathogenesis and drug discovery.


Leading cause of children deaths through injury is preventable – UCT academic
5 June 2019
The leading cause of death for children between the ages 12 months and 18 years old is injury, and most of it is preventable. This is according to University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Sebastian van As, head of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit.


Book detailing life post the Rwandan genocide wins acclaimed award
4 June 2019
A book reflecting a University of Cape Town (UCT) academic’s research into the lives of people living in Rwanda more than two decades after the 1994 genocide has been named the winner of the Book Award in the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)’s 2019 Great Places Awards.


Inspiring young scientist selected for international leadership initiative
31 May 2019
A University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student working in the field of drug discovery has been selected for the 2019 CAS Future Leaders Program, one of the most prestigious and fiercely contested leadership programmes in the world.


Collaboration is key for research on the African continent
31 May 2019
Researchers on the African continent are facing the kinds of struggles that become predictable in under-resourced institutions, an Africa Day Mini-Symposium held recently at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences heard. The symposium focused on the opportunities and challenges in capacity-development experienced by researchers on the continent.


Birds prefer to live in luxury than in poor areas, study finds
31 May 2019
A unique study of birdlife in South African cities has found that birds prefer wealthy areas to poorer ones but will move out if things get too cramped. The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Turin, Italy and the Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Their findings were published this week in the international journal of Global Change Biology.


Immunity against infection extends beyond breastfeeding period – new study
29 May 2019
Mothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to their infants by breastfeeding. This was the finding from new research in mice by an international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).


Online platform launched to improve legal research in Africa
29 May 2019
An online platform that is aimed at improving access to case law in Africa has been launched by the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) and the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The online research platform searches case law across 14 African jurisdictions and 250 000 cases, offering a machine learning generated summary and a graphical representation of the links between judgements.


UCT granted first-of-its-kind full membership on global cybersecurity body
28 May 2019
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) focus on cybersecurity has seen the institution being honoured as the first academic institution in Africa to be granted full membership of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the recognised global leader in incident response.


UCT spearheads new technologies for life-saving cancer treatment
27 May 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has acquired a portfolio of key life sciences patents to develop innovative treatments for human cancers.


UCT adds indigenous Khoisan to its language courses
24 May 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will offer a short course on Khoekhoegowab, the indigenous Khoisan language, through its Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS).


A double international win for UCT archaeology professor
23 May 2019
Professor Shadreck Chirikure, who heads the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Archaeology, has become the first African to win the Antiquity journal of archaeology’s Antiquity Prize twice. Professor Chirikure won the award for best paper of 2018.


Afrophobia: Language used to discriminate against African immigrants
23 May 2019
Research by University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer Mr Ivan Katsere has found that language can be used to discriminate against African immigrants. His research into the “politics of language” has alerted the Department of Psychology lecturer to language’s potential to entrench a harmful “us and them” scenario.


UCT steps up efforts to foster multilingualism
22 May 2019
In an evolving world, the ability to speak more than one language has become second nature. As part of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) New Language Policy, the institution offers an isiXhosa short course at no cost to staff and students after the government identified the need to promote different languages at South Africa’s institutions of higher learning.


UCT professor honoured with prestigious award by Emperor of Japan
21 May 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) applied mathematician and fisheries scientist Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sustainable management of the country’s fisheries.


Penguins and their chicks’ responses to local fish numbers informs marine conservation
21 May 2019
How adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance, and could potentially inform fishery management, a new study has found. The researchers studied an endangered African penguin colony during a rare three-year closure of commercial fisheries around Robben Island, Cape Town, and their findings are published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.


UCT’s business school wins a first of its kind prestigious global award
20 May 2019
A customised executive education programme co-designed by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB) and Standard Bank has won gold at the prestigious European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Global Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) for its unique format and high-impact results.


Rat poison now affects peri-urban wildlife in Cape Town - UCT study
17 May 2019
Urban rat poisons are spilling over into Cape Town’s natural environment, threatening species such as caracal, mongoose, otter and owl, a team of University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers in the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild) has discovered.


Statement by Law Faculty in response to letter by ‘concerned students’
16 May 2019
The Faculty of Law takes diversity and transformation seriously. As a result, significant efforts have been made not just to transform the outlook of the student and staff profiles, but also to change the cultural climate.


Historic all-women leadership in charge of academic enterprise at UCT
16 May 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT)’s announcement of Professor Sue Harrison as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Research and Internationalisation means that, in what is a rare moment for higher education across the world, all four leaders in charge of the academic enterprise at the highest level of a university are female.


UCT to engage with key Durban stakeholders to share transformation vision
14 May 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation, Professor Loretta Feris, will visit Durban as part of an ongoing engagement programme facilitated by the university’s Development and Alumni Department.


Survey reveals UCT graduates are ‘highly sought after’
14 May 2019
More than 50% of the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) 2018–2019 graduate cohort are employed in South Africa’s private sector, with over 20% earning more than R20 000 a month.


Provision of breastfeeding spaces vital for productivity, UCT study finds
14 May 2019
Mothers who breastfed at work were more committed to their company or institution and had increased productivity, research by a University of Cape Town (UCT) academic has found.


Declining ice in Arctic threatens polar food web and impacts sea-ice algae
13 May 2019
The impact of climate change on the algae that live in Arctic sea ice is likely to be large and complex, according to models co-developed by the University of Cape Town (UCT). Declining sea ice in the Arctic could have a large and complex impact on sea-ice algae – the powerhouses of the polar food web.


The juggling act that is motherhood – the challenges and joys of some mothers at UCT
10 May 2019
Ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday, 12 May, five members of the University of Cape (UCT) community have shared their inspirational stories, perspectives and unusual motherhood journeys which highlight some of the joys, the challenges and the fulfilling motherhood moments for both old and young mothers in the UCT community.


UCT research on cheetah’s tail leads to new way of capturing movement of the human body
9 May 2019
A University of Cape Town (UCT) research project that initially investigated the properties of cheetahs’ tails in relation to robotics has now resulted in a whole new way of capturing the movement of the human body.


Africa Month Symposium: Interrogating the Role of Young Leaders in Pan-Africanism and Regional Integration
7 May 2019
The AU African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), in collaboration with University of Cape Town’s Convocation and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance (NMS) will host a public symposium on the role of young African leaders in Pan-Africanism and Regional Integration at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. The symposium will focus on the challenges and opportunities for transformation in Africa, including topical issues relating to the idea of one-ness and working towards African Shared Values. Discussions will focus on themes relating to Nationalism and Pan-African Citizenry, African Integration and the Free Movement of People, as well as Youth and Business Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Investment in ecological infrastructure can protect South Africa from droughts and floods
30 April 2019
Scientists from a transdisciplinary research team that includes hydrologists, ecologists, climate scientists and livelihood experts are investigating how investments in ecological infrastructure protect society against hydroclimatic risks, including droughts and floods.


UCT medical students launch innovative project to alleviate healthcare system challenge
29 April 2019
A new initiative by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Surgical Society is offering students from across faculties the opportunity to join forces to help plot a new course for South Africa’s healthcare system. As part of the initiative, students come up with innovative solutions to some of the deeply-entrenched systemic problems.


South African universities must adopt new digital teaching approaches to be globally competitive - UCT study
25 April 2019
New online and open access ways of teaching and learning are gaining momentum in South Africa, but the advances still apply only to a handful of institutions. This is according to a two-year study led by the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT).


UCT’s unique Executive MBA ranked the best in Africa
25 April 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business’s (GSB) Executive MBA (EMBA) programme has been named the best in Africa and rated in the top 50 worldwide in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Global EMBA Rankings.


UCT becomes first African university to adopt global ethics code
24 April 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC). The GCC aims to counter ‘ethics dumping’, broadly the practice of exporting sensitive research not ethically accepted in the global north to the global south and other resource-poor settings.


UCT trio excel in global CEO corporate contest
23 April 2019
A University of Cape Town radio jock, a Durban beach boy, and a hockey-cum-chess player may not be the obvious trio to take on a global corporate contest, but they did UCT and South Africa proud when they excelled at the recent Procter & Gamble (P&G) CEO Challenge.

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Common injectable contraceptives could increase risk of TB
16 April 2019
A breakthrough study conducted by Professor Keertan Dheda and Dr Michele Tomasicchio, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, has revealed that one of South Africa’s most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could increase women’s chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB).


UCT’s eResearch Africa conference on data science for development
16 April 2019
In a research-intensive environment, data scientists contribute to real-world problems in public health, education, sustainable energy, climate change, economic development, and many other areas. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) eResearch is hosting its bi-annual conference at UCT from the 15 to 18 April 2019. The theme of this year’s conference is data science for development and focuses on the work of data scientists in solving the world’s so-called wicked problems.


UCT student rises above dire poverty to graduate with academic excellence
15 April 2019
When Ntebogang Segone graduates on the Dean’s Merit List - in recognition of constant academic excellence - with a Bachelor of Science on 17 April he will dedicate his graduation to the woman who made his dream a reality.


New online platform to save cash-strapped students money
12 April 2019
A novel start-up that aims to save cash-strapped students money by connecting them to cheaper and suitable products and services is set to take the campus community by storm for its nifty and innovativeness.


UCT student aims to use graduation to highlight discrimination against queer people
11 April 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) student Nigel Patel, who is well known for their activism across the city, will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree on Friday, 12 April 2019 where they will also receive UCT’s Blumberg Prize for service to the student community as well as working hard academically.


Female students come out tops in civil engineering at UCT
11 April 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) women are making significant strides in civil engineering, where they account for six of the department’s 11 first-class honours students. The students are part of the class of 2018 that will graduate on Friday, 12 April.


Creative arts programme presented by internationally acclaimed artists at UCT
10 April 2019
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), in association with Pro Helvetia, will present a diverse and provocative programme of talks, films and performances by acclaimed artists and educators from Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, Palestine, Egypt and China. The programme runs until Thursday, 11 April at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus.


UCT to confer more than 5000 degrees at its autumn graduation
9 April 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will honour approximately 5124 students in 14 graduation ceremonies taking place from Wednesday, 10 April until Thursday, 18 April 2019. During the 14 ceremonies – expected to be attended by about 14 000 people – 70 doctoral degrees and 383 master’s degrees will be conferred.


Shark survivor graduates with drama degree at UCT
5 April 2019
When a great white shark attacked bodysurfer Caleb Swanepoel at Buffelsbaai near Knysna in June 2015, he thought he was going to die. But a new script was being written for the drama and performance student who graduates on 16 April.


South Africa’s first deaf student to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree at UCT
4 April 2019
Qobo Ningiza will be South Africa’s first deaf Bachelor of Laws degree graduate when he is capped at a University of Cape Town (UCT) graduation ceremony next Friday, 12 April 2019.


UCT leading scientists selected to be part of £25M FLAIR scheme
4 April 2019
Six University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists have been selected as FLAIR research fellows. The FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) is a programme of The African Academy of Science (AAS) and Royal Society, with support from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), designed to help talented early-career researchers, whose science is focused on the needs of the continent, establish independent careers in African institutions and ultimately, their own research groups. Up to 30 FLAIR fellowships will be awarded in 2019.


Applications for admission to UCT in 2020 now open with new undergraduate closing date
2 April 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has opened applications for admission to study at the institution for various programmes for the 2020 academic year. Prospective students may apply online.


Health Minister to deliver the Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture at UCT
1 April 2019
National Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will deliver the annual Steve Memorial Lecture which was postponed from 20 March 2019 to 2 April 2019.


Calls for specific laws to protect South Africa’s water source areas
28 March 2019
While South Africa’s National Water Act recognises the protection of water resources, such as rivers, it makes no mention of strategic water source areas in particular. According to Amanda Mkhonza, an environmental law lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute of Marine & Environmental Law, this leaves the vast majority of our water source areas highly vulnerable to inappropriate development.


Transition to renewable energy could result in cheaper, cleaner and more reliable electricity supply for SA
28 March 2019
Phasing out coal in the power sector by 2040 would allow SA to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2° C without significant impact on the economy.


Khayelitsha learners experience varsity life through UCT summer school
27 March 2019
A hundred grade 12 learners from various schools in Khayelitsha had a taste of the first year University of Cape Town (UCT) experience when they attended three special lectures as part of the extended annual UCT Summer School.


Strategies for countries to decarbonise based on national development objectives
26 March 2019
Every country must have a long-term strategy for climate change, otherwise the Paris pledges will not be well aligned with national development objectives — the Deep Decarbonization Pathways (DDP) network proposes a handbook to build their strategies.


The Cape Town drought - lessons for other municipalities in South Africa
25 March 2019
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities.


UCT research identifies wildlife crime hot spots in the United Kingdom
19 March 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) academics have led an international study that has found that the young hen harriers (a bird of prey) in the United Kingdom (UK) suffer abnormally high mortality compared to other populations across their range.


Lifetime Achievement Award for Dizu Plaatjies of Amampondo fame
19 March 2019
Neo-traditional African musician Dizu Plaatjies and head of African Music: Practical Studies at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) South African College of Music, has been awarded a ministerial Lifetime Achievement Award by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS).


Health Minister to deliver the Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture at UCT
15 March 2019
National Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will deliver the annual Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town.


UCT student using 3D printers to address education crisis in South Africa
14 March 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) third-year Bachelor of Science student Denislav Marinov plans on using 3D printers in South Africa’s schools to level the education playing fields.


New evidence shows that the work of United Nations agencies is effective
14 March 2019
Collaborative research involving University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers shows how key services in lower- and middle-income countries can contribute to reaching multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), even among high-risk children and adolescents.


UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice bestowed on UCT professor
13 March 2019
University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Associate Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams has been awarded the title of UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice for her contribution to ground-breaking research and implementing initiatives focused on open education in the global south.


How DNA technology can provide immediate benefits for healthcare in Africa
12 March 2019
Although there is increasing evidence of participation of African scientists in genomics research, there is little evidence of its major impact in practice.


UCT alumnus urges Commonwealth leaders to protect at least a third of the world’s oceans
12 March 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Lewis Pugh has urged Commonwealth leaders to fully protect at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. Currently, less than 7% is protected.


UCT feeding scheme addresses student hunger
11 March 2019
A University of Cape Town (UCT) feeding scheme that was started last year to alleviate the problem of hunger among students on campus is growing in leaps and bounds. The scheme is now serving a total of 600 lunches on UCT’s upper campus, the College of Music, Hiddingh campus and the Child Guidance Clinic.


UCT students selected to meet Nobel laureates in Germany
8 March 2019
Four University of Cape Town (UCT) students are among 20 top young South African scientists successfully nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics in Germany in June 2019.


Debates ongoing at UCT over the Curriculum Change discussion document
8 March 2019
Following the conclusion of the work of the Curriculum Change Working Group (CCWG), the Teaching and Learning Committee at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is continuing to receive comments and feedback in respect of the Curriculum Change Framework document. The framework is a discussion document, not a policy, and will not be enforced.


Maths and physics genius tackles shortage of engineers by coaching underprivileged matric learners
7 March 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) final-year mechanical engineering student Thabang Sebetoane has formed a non-profit organisation, Tshehetso, that mentors and tutors matric learners to cope with the gruelling demands of university-level mathematics and physics.


Heavy droughts can now be expected every 15 years, UCT study finds
6 March 2019
The recent drought which left dams like the Theewaterskloof Dam empty and saw the City of Cape Town’s taps almost run dry, can now be expected once every 15 years, rather than every 50 years as previously assumed, University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have warned.


UCT launches R10 million cutting-edge TB research facility in Masiphumelele
6 March 2019
By the age of five, 20% of children in Masiphumelele township, south of Cape Town, are already infected with tuberculosis (TB). When these children enter high school, about half are infected with TB. By the time they become young adults, the infection rate has increased to roughly 80%.


UCT student selected for prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholars program
6 March 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate Gloria Chikaonda will be pursuing a second master’s degree at Stanford Law School in International Legal Studies in September after being selected for the 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. Knight-Hennessy scholars receive full funding for graduate study at Stanford.


UCT academic who pioneered urine bio-brick wins global chemical engineers award
5 March 2019
University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Dr Dyllon Randall has become the first African recipient of the prestigious global Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical proce2ss technology, nuclear technology or in making chemical engineering more accessible to a wider scientific community.


New low-cost technology to reduce risk of shark attacks
5 March 2019
After 15 years of using trained observers (spotters) to successfully reduce the risk of shark bites in Cape Town, a new project has been launched to develop a low-cost, computer vision-based, automatic, shark detection algorithm to be used on fixed cameras above Cape Town’s beaches.


UCT reclaims its top 10 position in world rankings
5 March 2019
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has moved up two places to reclaim its position in the top 10 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject – placing among the top 100 universities in a total nine disciplines.


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).


African women carry a high burden of cancer – early detection and treatment critical
7 February 2019
In South Africa, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths among women while breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. One in 26 women are at risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime, mostly presenting with late stage disease, which is associated with a poor prognosis. A unique feature of cancer cases in Africa are the high burden of cancers in women (56%), and late stage at which cancer is diagnosed (46% of breast cancer in South Africa is diagnosed at an advanced stage).


UCT gears up for the 2019 academic year
6 February 2019
Preparations for the 2019 academic year are underway at the University of Cape Town (UCT) ahead of classes set to officially resume on 11 February. For first years, registration and orientation started on 21 January and is continuing until 8 February. Parents orientation took place on 26 and 28 January.


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.


More die after surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined – study
1 February 2019
Around the world 4.2 million people die every year within 30 days after surgery – with half of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a new study in The Lancet reveals.


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.