Media releases


Fourth quarter


UCT research suggests ways to better prepare nurses for dealing with death and dying
22 December 2014
A new course is needed within the nursing curriculum to help nurses prepare for the reality of patients who die under their care, new research from the University of Cape Town reveals.


SA music idol Jimmy Nevis graduates from UCT
17 December 2014
South African musician Matthew Peter le Roux, better known as Jimmy Nevis to his fans, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Science degree on Tuesday, 16 December 2014.


Education system needs our help
17 December 2014
The Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Mrs Graça Machel, has called on graduates in the School of Education, who were capped on Reconciliation Day, to address the many problems within the national education system and to help equip young people to prepare for the complex challenges of the 20th Century.


UCT to graduate 5 000+ students in December
11 December 2014
13 ceremonies will take place from 15 to 20 December 2014 at Jameson Hall, Upper Campus, UCT


UCT December Graduation Diary
8 December 2014


Upcoming UCT events
4 December 2014


UCT congratulates De Villiers on new appointment
1 December 2014
Health Sciences Dean appointed Rector of Stellenbosch University.


HIV conundrum continues but Africa is making progress, says UCT professor
1 December 2014
As the global community observes World AIDS Day on 1 December 2014, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, new president-elect of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, says the fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over.


Hake and penguins under spotlight at international review of South African fisheries
27 November 2014
Six leading international fisheries scientists are due to arrive in Cape Town this weekend to conduct an annual review of the analyses used to provide scientific advice for the management of South Africa's major fisheries.


Prohibition of annual events: Sixes-by-Sevens and Trolley Races
24 November 2014


New shrimp species discovered in Cape Peninsula waters
21 November 2014
A tiny new shrimp, called the "stargazer mysid" by divers because of its eyes' apparent permanent upward gaze, has been found in the extensively sampled waters of False Bay, Cape Peninsula, South Africa.


Upcoming UCT events
21 November 2014


Potential leaders awarded prestigious scholarships at UCT
19 November 2014
Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price to present certificates to 16 students on Thursday, 20 November 2014 at 17:30


Preventing violence against children: Break the intergenerational cycle
18 November 2014
Over half of South Africa's children frequently experience some form of violence from a very early age. Violence against children has long-term consequences which can be avoided by investing in prevention initiatives.


UCT investigates allegations against student
17 November 2014
The University of Cape Town confirms that one of its students is currently being charged with assault and crimen injuria in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court in Cape Town, following an off-campus incident that took place in Claremont in January this year.


Upcoming UCT events
14 November 2014


Judge O'Regan to speak at Carnegie3 Western Cape Workshop
14 November 2014
Former Constitutional Court judge and Chair of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, Kate O'Regan, will be the opening speaker at a workshop convened by the Carnegie3 (Inquiry) Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality on Monday, 17 November 2014.


Designers outline key proposals for 3 urban areas in Cape Town
31 October 2014
International designers reveal details at guided walks at UCT's City Desired exhibition on Tuesday, 4 November 2014, at 09:00 and 13:00.


UCT exhibition to profile 10 Capetonians
30 October 2014
The challenges and possibilities facing Cape Town will be in the spotlight at a wide-ranging exhibition, City Desired, which opens at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, 30 October 2014, at 18:00, and runs until 10 December 10 2014.


Upcoming UCT events
29 October 2014


UCT exhibition to profile 10 Capetonians and their possible future
27 October 2014
Opening on Thursday, 30 October 2014: City Desired – a look at cities through the lens of Cape Town.


UCT student meets untimely death
24 October 2014
Please cite Patricia Lucas, Manager: Media Liaison & Communication, UCT


UCT Interview Opportunities
16 October 2014


Department of Military Veterans, UCT to rededicate memorial to SS Mendi
16 October 2014
Department of Military Veterans, UCT to host ceremony to remember 616 South Africans who perished in WW1 tragedy.


UCT financial support applications close on 31 October
14 October 2014
Potential students who have already applied for undergraduate study at the University of Cape Town in 2015, as well as current UCT students, have about 2 weeks to apply for financial support offered through the university system.


Department of Military Veterans, UCT to rededicate memorial to SS Mendi
13 October 2014
Ceremony at 11:00, Sunday, 19 October 2014 in UCT Lower Campus, Cecil Road, Rosebank, to remember 616 South Africans who perished in WWI sea tragedy.


'No health without mental health,' say UCT researchers
9 October 2014
World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2014 will focus on schizophrenia.


Radio telescopes unravel mystery of nova gamma rays
8 October 2014
Highly detailed radio-telescope images have pinpointed the locations where a stellar explosion called a classical nova emitted gamma rays, the highest-energy form of electromagnetic waves.


2 330-year-old skeleton sheds light on human origin
6 October 2014
Southern African archaeology significant in defining early modern human origins – UCT study


Upcoming UCT event on happiness and well-being
30 September 2014


UCT upholds commitment to support students in financial need
22 September 2014
Potential students have less than a month to apply for the 2015 undergraduate intake at the University of Cape Town. Those interested in UCT's financial support system have until 31 October 2014 to submit this additional application.


Right policies can halve global violence rates
11 September 2014
Stopping child abuse is a major key, says UCT researcher


Upcoming UCT events & interview opportunity
9 September 2014


Judge Navi Pillay to speak on advancing human rights in SA and the world
8 September 2014
Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture on 11 September 2014, 18:00, Jameson Hall, Upper Campus – to be streamed live on

Third quarter


UCT professor elected as next President of International Council for Science
4 September 2014
A world-renowned mathematician and current South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics, Professor Daya Reddy from the University of Cape Town, has been named the next President of the International Council for Science (ICSU).


Steroids raise cancer risk in TB-associated HIV
3 September 2014
The addition of steroids to tuberculosis (TB) therapy for HIV-positive patients increases the risk of cancer and should be avoided, an African study lead by Professor Bongani Mayosi, Head of Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town, has found.


UCT interview opportunity: Regional Seminar on Preventing and Eradicating Torture in Africa
1 September 2014
Experts will discuss the work of the Article 5 Initiative and the way forward in combating torture in Africa.


UCT enters R252m partnership with MasterCard Foundation to help reverse African 'brain drain'
27 August 2014
The University of Cape Town has embarked on an ambitious project to help develop 300 committed future leaders from economically disadvantaged communities across sub-Saharan Africa.


Upcoming UCT events
25 August 2014


Max du Preez to deliver UCT's Annual TB Davie Academic Freedom Lecture
21 August 2014
Columnist, social commentator and political analyst Max du Preez returns to the University of Cape Town next week to deliver its annual TB Davie Memorial Academic Freedom Lecture.


UNESCO senior official to discuss higher education's role in 'knowledge economy'
18 August 2014
Dr Rajesh Tandon to present UCT Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture on 26 August 2014 at 18:00 in Kramer Lecture Theatre 3, Middle Campus


Upcoming UCT events
18 August 2014


Four UCT finalists for 2014 DST Women in Science Awards
15 August 2014
Four University of Cape Town scientists are among the finalists who stand a chance of winning Department of Science and Technology (DST) 2014 Women in Science Awards.


UCT award recognises society's unsung heroes
14 August 2014
Charline Little, an English teacher at Maitland High School, and Amina Nordien, a drama teacher at Alexander Sinton High School in Athlone, are the joint winners of this year's University of Cape Town Stella Clark Teachers' Award.


Upcoming UCT event: Social Equality Conference
13 August 2014


Upcoming UCT event and interview opportunities
1 August 2014


Innovative training programme helps strengthen paediatric care in Africa
29 July 2014
UCT Professor Jo Wilmshurst to deliver inaugural lecture, 'Reversing the Brain Drain', on 30 July 2014 at 17:30, Student Learning Centre Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT


Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape
25 July 2014
Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools.


20 years of democracy in SA, 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – 2 countries in transition
22 July 2014
The Delegation of the European Union to South Africa, as part of its EU Inspiring Thinkers Series, along with the German Embassy in South Africa and the University of Cape Town, will jointly host a themed discussion entitled "20 years of democracy in South Africa – 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: 2 countries in transition".


125-million-year-old Changyuraptor sheds light on dinosaur flight
15 July 2014
An international team of experts, including Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan from the University of Cape Town, has discovered a new predatory dinosaur with very long feathers that sheds light on how dinosaurs flew.


Upcoming UCT event and interview opportunities
11 July 2014


UCT part of consortium to tackle blindness across the globe
8 July 2014
The University of Cape Town's Division of Ophthalmology has been chosen as 1 of 11 expert institutions that form the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, making it a partner in the worldwide fight against blindness.


Upcoming UCT events and interview opportunities
7 July 2014


UCT professors bag 3 wins at NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards
4 July 2014
Three academics from the University of Cape Town have been honoured at the 16th Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-BHP Billiton Awards for their contributions to the fields of science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.


Renowned physicist to speak about Evolution of the Universe
3 July 2014
Professor John Barrow to present the UCT Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture on Wednesday, 9 July 2014, at 18h00 in Lecture Theatre LS2A, Leslie Social Sciences Building, Upper Campus.


UCT welcomes IMO to Africa
2 July 2014
The University of Cape Town will host teams representing 107 countries (including 14 African countries) at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) beginning on 3 July 2014 when the IMO leaders arrive to set the test papers. This will be the first time the IMO takes place in Africa in its 55-year history.


Mobile phones help township residents and immigrants have a sense of belonging – UCT research
1 July 2014
Research by a University of Cape Town PhD graduate explores how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) - specifically the use of mobile phones – help the mobile population of Cape Town's Langa township negotiate migration and a sense of belonging.

Second quarter


Cronin to address UCT Conference on Social Equality
26 June 2014
Jeremy Cronin, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Public Works and the Deputy General-Secretary of the SA Communist Party, will address a special session of the Social Equality Conference hosted by the Philosophy Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, from 15-17 August 2014.


UCT Council approves new admissions policy for 2016
18 June 2014
The University of Cape Town Council voted on Saturday, 14 June 2014, to approve in principle a new admissions policy model that will incorporate race as 1 of several factors to be considered in assessing an applicant's historic disadvantage.


PhDs at UCT June graduation increase by almost 50%
12 June 2014
A total of 110 PhD students will graduate from the University of Cape Town this week – an increase of almost 50% compared to a total of 75 in June 2013. The university will award 1,508 degrees to students across various faculties at its graduation ceremonies this week. In June 2013 the total was 1,374 and in June 2012 it stood at 1,340.


UCT to honour global leaders at June graduation
6 June 2014
The University of Cape Town will confer honorary degrees on 2 formidable scientists and a human rights activist at its upcoming June graduation ceremonies, recognising their remarkable contributions to society – both locally and internationally – in their respective fields.


Two-pronged treatment can reduce TB incidence among people with HIV, study finds
6 June 2014
A trial of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) plus antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent tuberculosis has shown safety and efficacy in patients with HIV, say researchers of a University of Cape Town (UCT) study published in The Lancet.


Upcoming UCT events
14 May 2014


UCT hosts workshops to explore better ways for poor to live in Cape Town
7 May 2014
Density Syndicate, focusing on Athlone, Khayelitsha and Maitland, to kick off with first of 3 studios on 12–16 May 2014 at the Guga S'Thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa.


Drongo mimics alarm calls to steal food from other species, finds UCT biologist
2 May 2014
The drongo, an African bird, deceives other species, including meerkats, by mimicking their alarm calls in order to scare them away and steal their abandoned food, according to a new UCT study published in the Science journal.


Fieldwork for SA study on child and adolescent safety almost complete
29 April 2014
Teams from the University of Cape Town and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), collecting data for a South African study on children and violence, have been surprised at how willing young people are to share their stories.


Burning Renosterveld less often better for its survival
29 April 2014
University of Cape Town researcher Dr Odette Curtis has found that for the threatened Renosterveld ecosystem to survive and be properly managed, it should burn less frequently as believed – preferably at intervals of between 8 and 15 years. Previously, ecologists have advised burning it every 3 years.


UCT researchers assist in tsetse fly genetic code breakthrough
24 April 2014
An international team, including researchers at the University of Cape Town and Yale University in the USA, has sequenced and annotated the genetic code for a representative species of the tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans), which carries the potentially fatal African trypanosomes to humans and animals in sub-Saharan Africa.


H3-D in the news: New UCT collaboration to fight TB to benefit patients
22 April 2014
The H3-D Drug Discovery and Development Centre at UCT and Celgene Global Health (CGH), a division of Celgene Corporation, a global biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and delivers disease-altering medical innovation for patients in need with cancer and immunology and inflammatory diseases, have joined efforts to identify and to develop next-generation life-enhancing medicines for patients with tuberculosis (TB).


"Brazilian keratin type" hair-straightening products pose serious health risks – UCT study
22 April 2014
Researchers at the University of Cape Town have found that most commercial "Brazilian keratin type" hair-straightening products, tested in a study, contain unacceptably high and dangerous concentrations of formaldehyde.


Whiz kids head to UCT for annual Mathematics Competition
24 April 2014
Some 7 000 students from high schools as far afield as Riversdale and Knysna in the Western Cape will participate in the University of Cape Town’s Mathematics Competition on 10 April 2014.


UCT experts available for comment on 2014 elections
15 April 2014
The following experts at the University of Cape Town are available for comment on the forthcoming national general elections, which will take place on 7 May 2014.


San communities will care for returned land – UCT researcher
14 April 2014
Looking at the land claim by the Khomani San and Mier communities on the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, University of Cape Town researcher Johane Dikgang has found that land restitution does not necessarily reduce poverty. However, the Khomani San can be trusted to be good environmental stewards, and there is indeed scope to generate revenue that they could share between them and South Africa's national parks.


Upcoming UCT events
14 April 2014

First quarter


UCT jubilant on way to Varsity Cup final against NWU
07 April 2014
The University of Cape Town is very proud to be taking on the North-West University in the Varsity Cup this year. Since Varsity Cup Rugby began in 2008, UCT has won in 2011, and we welcome the opportunity to make 2014 our second winning year.


50% of rape survivors suffer from PTSD – UCT study
02 April 2014
A study conducted by University of Cape Town researcher Dr Anastasia Maw examines the psychological impact of rape within the South African context. Dr Maw's thesis, The psychological impact of rape: A longitudinal study of adult female survivors in the Western Cape, reveals that roughly 50% of rape survivors suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Upcoming UCT events
01 April 2014


Human-induced climate change reduces chance of flooding in Okavango Delta
27 March 2014
Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the United Nations Development Programme have analysed how human-induced climate change has affected recent flooding in an ecologically and geographically unique river basin in southern Africa, that of the Okavango River.


UCT wins lion's share of coveted NIH funding
25 March 2014
The University of Cape Town attracted more funding for direct grants from the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA than any other non-American university in 2013. Even as the NIH's funding of foreign institutions has declined, UCT has attracted increasing amounts of funding every year – growing more than threefold in the last 3 years alone, from $2 622 671 in 2010 to $9 150 889 in 2013.


Upcoming UCT events and interview opportunities
24 March 2014


UCT alumnus named 2014 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate
24 March 2014
The University of Cape Town has welcomed the news that UCT alumnus Professor John Briscoe was selected as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, also known informally as the "Nobel Prize for Water".


Psycho-social support crucial for caregivers in AIDS-affected communities, says first-of-a-kind UCT study
19 March 2014
Psycho-social support should be a key element of mental health interventions for caregivers of children in HIV-endemic communities. This is the recommendation of University of Cape Town researcher, Dr Marisa Casale, in her doctoral study titled: The protective role of social support for the health of caregivers of children in HIV-endemic South Africa.


UCT researcher develops techniques to help make SA's roads safer
18 March 2014
University of Cape Town researcher, Dr Rahul Jobanputra, says the alarming number of road traffic fatalities in South Africa moved him to focus his recent PhD study on alternative ways of making the country's roads safer.


UCT to honour trailblazers in medicine, science and the arts
14 March 2014
In 2014 the University of Cape Town will award honorary degrees to 8 world-renowned figures for their significant contributions in their respective fields.


Prestigious UCT award honours mental health research
12 March 2014
South Africa and other African countries are now starting to see some real policy change and commitment to mental health, which has a bearing on a broad range of social and economic development challenges facing society.


UCT experts available for comment on Oscar Pistorius trial
10 March 2014
The following University of Cape Town academics are available for expert comment on the Oscar Pistorius trial, currently underway in Pretoria.


Upcoming UCT events
03 March 2014


UCT experts available for comment on National Budget Speech
24 February 2014
The following academics and experts at the University of Cape Town are available for comment during and after the National Budget Speech, scheduled to be delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday, 26 February 2014.


Upcoming UCT interview opportunities
19 February 2014


UCT students in countdown to launch of SAXinSpace
11 February 2014
University of Cape Town (UCT) students will storm the streets of Cape Town on Thursday, 13 February 2014, to sell the 81st edition of the university's student-run publication SAX Appeal. At only R20 per copy, this year's theme is SAXinSpace.


Jane Goodall to launch UCT 2014 lecture series
5 February 2014
Dr Jane Goodall, the world-renowned British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace, will speak this week at the first Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture of 2014, hosted by the University of Cape Town.


UCT experts available for comment on 2014 State of the Nation Address
5 February 2014
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment on the 2014 State of the Nation Address, scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, 13 February 2014.


Microwave imagery measures deformation caused by underground mining – UCT study
29 January 2014
Using microwave imagery captured from earth-orbiting satellites, the thesis of University of Cape Town PhD graduate Dr Jeanine Engelbrecht measures deformation caused by underground mining activities.


Upcoming UCT events
29 January 2014


Upcoming UCT events and interview opportunities
27 January 2014


South African scientists to lead the way in new strategic partnerships worth R370m
21 January 2014
The South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and University of Cape Town (UCT) are delighted to announce the establishment of 2 strategic multi-year partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).


'Hip-hop activism', 'Toilet wars' & 'Peaceful co-existence of science and religion?'
7 January 2014
If you have ever wondered about the role hip-hop has played in engaging South Africans politically and creatively, then the University of Cape Town's upcoming Summer School course on "Hip-hop activism" might spark your interest.