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UCT Jameson Hall ceiling work
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Launch of 'Know your Continent' Workshop Series
01 Aug

Resistance to German conquest in Namibia: The letters of Hendrik Witbooi, by Professor JM Coetzee
02 Aug

African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI) Graduate Networking Event
03 Aug

Indonesia 101
03 Aug

The SAMRO UCT Big Band
04 Aug

Cut and Paste, by Lesley Lokko
05 Aug

Sustainability and the triple bottom line – The Property Industry perspective
05 Aug

'Child murder: The birth of prejudice in twelfth century Norwich' by Miri Rubin
05 Aug

Big data, by Steven Burnstone
06 Aug

Silent Auction: Art from Michaelis students and local artists
06 Aug - 31 Aug

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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Saturday, 1 August 2015

How garlic kills cancer cells


New research by Dr Catherine Kaschula and her research team in UCT's Department of Chemistry has established how a compound found in the crushed cloves of garlic, known as ajoene, kills cancer cells. Garlic has been known to have an anti-cancer effect, although no one has understood – until now – how it works.


Scientific voyage to retrieve vital ocean data

Scientific voyage

After two years of negotiation between scientists and government ministers, the polar research vessel SA Agulhas II is heading into the Southern Ocean where a UCT oceanography team has some unfinished business.


College of Music to celebrate Erik Chisholm with two final concerts

Erik Chisholm commemorative concerts

There are still two Erik Chisholm commemorative lunch-hour concerts to look forward to at the South African College of Music this year. They are the final in a three-part series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Scottish composer, pianist and conductor.


Field awarded IOC-UNESCO medal

John Field

Emeritus professor and deputy director of UCT's the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re), Dr John Field, has been awarded the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's (IOC-UNESCO) NK Panikkar Memorial Medal.


Unlocking the mystery of how true seals disappeared from the Cape


Five million years ago, the southwestern tip of Africa was teaming with animals such as the African bear (Agriotherium), the giant wolverine (Plesiogulo), the short-neck long-horned giraffe (Sivatherium), ancestral forms of the elephant and mammoth as well as modern elephants and various raptors, seabirds and ground birds.


'We are the thought leaders responsible for social upliftment'

Patrice Madurai

Patrice Madurai is one of three UCT students honoured with the Queen's Young Leaders Award this year. What inspires her to keep making a positive change in the world around her?


With SHAWCO every day is Mandela Day


For 72 years, every day has been Mandela Day for SHAWCO's community builders.


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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsLanguage course breaches barriers

Patients are more at ease and much more open about what ails them when a medical practitioner addresses them in their mother tongue.

This has been the experience of Cyril Mahlati, a Xhosa-speaking nurse at the Kraaifontein community health centre, who recently completed a course in conversational Afrikaans. The course, as part of which participants are able to improve their proficiency in either isiXhosa or Afrikaans, is a joint initiative between UCT's health science and humanities faculties, the Western Cape health department and the European Union.

"The patient is more free when I speak Afrikaans instead of English. I thought I at least understood some Afrikaans before the course, but notice that I understand a lot more now," said Mahlati.

This year saw the third group of healthcare workers completing the 12-week course, which is available to staff at both the Delft and Kraaifontein community health centres. Plans are afoot to extend the course to personnel in the Northern Tygerberg district. In September it will be presented to staff at the Orbit Centre and Karl Bremer Hospital.

Photo caption: Dr Minnie Lewis (right) from UCT with Dr Doris Nyembwe (middle) and Cyril Mahlati, who both completed a course in conversational Afrikaans.

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