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Interrogating Health Coverage in Africa, Nicoli Nattrass/Danielle Pagano
28 Apr

UCT String Ensemble
28 Apr

Innovation, Invention & IP at UCT, by Philip Hoekstra
28 Apr

Rhinos are coming
28 Apr - 16 May

Exhibition: Xenos by Jyoti Mistry
28 Apr - 16 May

Great Texts/Big Questions, by Jyoti Mistry
29 Apr

Erik Chisholm Anniversary Concert: Piano Music
30 Apr

Verdi's La Traviata
30 Apr - 09 May

China's "Soft Power" & Its Influence on Editorial Agendas in SA, by Herman Wasserman
30 Apr

Teaching with Visuals - Part 2
04 May

Transform UCT


What started as a question around whether UCT should continue to house a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on its campus has become a much larger movement for change, a call to re-imagine and re-engage with what a transformed African and South African university looks like – whether in terms of its ethos, curriculum, research, symbols, policies or demographics.

UPDATE: While the Rhodes statue has been temporarily removed, UCT is applying for its permanent removal – a process that involves a public consultation process. Mail rhodes.statue@chand.co.za to comment on this final step.

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Postgrads showcase winning research

Postgrads showcase

The very nature of the university as we know it is changing, Dr Marilet Sienaert, executive director of the Research Office, said at the recent UCT Postgraduate Research Expo.


Campus trees on the mend after ring-barking


The three camphor trees along Stanley Road on middle campus that were stripped of their bark in December last year are responding well to treatment after arborist and conservation forester Riaan van Zyl applied "tree paste" to the stems.


Huge numbers at Mathematics Competition

Mathematics Competition

No fewer than 7 500 students from across the Western Cape converged on upper campus on 16 April to take part in UCT's Mathematics Competition. They came from as nearby as Rondebosch and as far afield as Bredasdorp and George, all with the single purpose of solving some of the toughest mathematics they will encounter in their high school careers.


Xenophobia at odds with SA 'rhetoric of inclusivity and human rights'

Prof Francis B Nyamnjoh

Everyone in South Africa – citizens and foreigners alike – should be worried by the recent spate of attacks on black foreigners that started in KwaZulu-Natal and have subsequently spread to other parts of the country, says social anthropologist Professor Francis B Nyamnjoh.


Meet the winners of the 2014 Social Responsiveness Award

Mfuleni ECD centre

Early childhood development and urban activism may not at first glance have much in common. Nonetheless, it was the long-term commitment displayed by Stuart Hendry, director of the Faculty of Commerce's Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE), and Associate Professor Sophie Oldfield to projects within these fields that won them both the 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Social Responsiveness.


SRC 2015 says #NoToXenophobia


UCT's Students' Representative Council (SRC) strongly condemns the xenophobic attacks against fellow Africans that have been taking place in KwaZulu-Natal and its surrounding areas.


Latest Newsbyte

Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsUCT Radio's Rise and Grind shines at MTN Radio Awards

UCT Radio breakfast team's boundary-breaking approach to broadcasting is the reason Rise and Grind won this year's MTN Radio Award for best campus breakfast show, maintains the show's host Duncan Patrick.

The 2015 MTN Radio Awards, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 18 April, saw UCT Radio nominated in five categories – two of which were for Rise and Grind.

Patrick conceptualised the show four years ago with the intention of making it an accessible, "hybridised" programme, incorporating social media and online content to draw in listeners who might not be tuned in at that moment. For him, that's the secret to the show's success.

He explains the meaning behind the show's name: "It means get up and do; get up and go to the proverbial grindstone."

Tune in to Rise and Grind, featuring Duncan Patrick, Ivan Asem and Nikesh Ramaser, every week day from 07h00 on UCT Radio 104.5fm.

Photo caption: UCT Radio Rise and Grind show host Duncan Patrick.

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