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The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa. The language of instruction is English.

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South Africa's universities make headlines for various reasons – be it student protests or ranking among the world's best for a host of different subjects – but many people do not even have an inkling to where these institutes are situated, or how they look. South Africa is home to 26 universities, split into ...
JOHANNESBURG - The University of Cape Town (UCT) will mark the 25th anniversary of the late Chris Hani's death by renaming one of its lecture theatres after the anti-apartheid struggle hero. Hani was assassinated in his Dawn Parl home driveway on 10 April 1993, just over a year before the dawn of ...

Social cohesion: Students mingle on the campus at the University of Cape Town. The government has appointed a committee to accelerate transformation at South African universities. Picture: SUPPLIED. A forensic investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption in the allocation of National Student ...
Nomzamo Mbatha received her accountancy degree and attended the graduation ceremony at the University of Cape Town on Tuesday. And wow! The whole of Mzansi was just in their feels. Speaking to Metro FM, Nomzamo explained what pushed her to continue with her studies, even though she was ...
The corresponding author of the study is Richard Matzopoulos of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, who is also a specialist scientist at the Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. The study ...
Golding finished her schooling at Collegiate Girls High School in Port Elizabeth and completed her BA degree, majoring in English and psychology, at the University of Cape Town. Her first job was at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, as assistant to the student adviser, followed by a position as sales ...

“It has not really been recognized as a possible threat in Africa,” said Beckie Garbett, a researcher with the Raptors Botswana group and a PhD student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Botswana banned hunting on state land in 2014, though it continues on private farms. Neighboring South ...
The University of Cape Town has honoured Brian O'Connell‚ former rector and vice-chancellor of its counterpart across the city‚ the University of Western Cape. “Today our institutions are deeply linked‚” O'Connell told graduates on Wednesday as he accepted the honorary degree of doctor of education.
In partnership with SATVI‚ which is based at the University of Cape Town‚ the research was conducted by the Infectious Disease Research Institute and Aeras‚ a non-profit biotech organisation that is looking for a TB vaccine. The primary author of the paper Adam Penn-Nicholson said: "We found that the ...
High-income Cape Town families have cut their average water use by 80%, according to Martine Visser, director of the Environmental Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, while low-income families cut back by 40%. After city residents were restricted to just over 13 gallons per person a day, ...
High-income Cape Town families have cut their average water use by 80%, according to Martine Visser, director of the Environmental Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, while low-income families cut back by 40%. After city residents were restricted to just over 13 gallons per person a day, ...
According to the recent Finnovating for Africa report released by media and research company Disrupt Africa, Africa is already home to more than 300 Fintech startups, having raised almost $100 million over the last 2.5 years. But the industry is crying out for skilled professionals who understand the ...
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has unveiled a new fintech short course at the UCT GSB (Graduate School of Business) at a time when new technologies are disrupting the finance sector, creating new careers. According to research company Disrupt Africa, the continent is already home to more than ...
Last year the EBE fund assisted 76 UCT engineering students with their individual needs. Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA. Cape Town - When Nkululeko Dlamini was found sleeping in an engineering lab – thin, hungry and penniless with his meagre belongings crammed into a small backpack – no one could ...
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has unveiled a new fintech short course at the UCT GSB (Graduate School of Business) at a time when new technologies are disrupting the finance sector, creating new careers. According to research company Disrupt Africa, the continent is already home to more than ...
The city council is even working with behavioural scientists and the University of Cape Town to determine the best way to “nudge” businesses and residents to slash consumption. Cape Town's success in cutting domestic consumption – by 60 per cent in three years – was highlighted on World Water Day on ...
While World Water Day offers an opportunity to spotlight the globe's water issues, residents in Cape Town, South Africa deal with the reality of dry taps every day. Water issues are creating an uncertain future for the city, the first metropolis to deal with such a issue. Capetonians are playing down the idea of ...

The appointment of Mamokgethi Phakeng as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town(UCT) represents the embracing of transformation of a higher education institution and gender equity that needs to be entrenched to bring more women in leadership in the public and private sector, the South ...
This adds to the PhD he earned from the University of Cape Town for his study on spirituality in the mining sector. Rector and vice-chancellor Wim de Villiers paid tribute to Makgoba for taking a "clear moral and ethical stance" on modern-day complexities, and for convening chaplains and student leaders in ...
CAPE TOWN – Newly appointed University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgheti Phakeng, says the institution will be transformed, while building on its excellence. Phakeng will take over the reins from outgoing Vice-Chancellor Max Price in July. She's joined the University of Cape Town ...
Cape Town – Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is the newly appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town. Outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Max Price and Phakeng addressed the media on Saturday after the university council made a unanimous decision. Phakeng said she was "humbled" ...
"People didn't believe anything like this could happen, but I think the reality has dawned on everyone and it is pretty tense," University of Cape Town hydrologist Piotr Wolski told Smithsonian magazine. piyaset via Getty Images. Cape Town is entering its fourth year of drought — the worst in 100 years, with ...
The University of Cape Town (UCT) (South Africa) and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that is centred around hydrogen technologies. Experts from both institutions will collaborate in activities to accelerate progress in the fields of hydrogen ...
"For nearly three years, the sculpture stood at the centre of the main library of the University of Cape Town, grotesquely demonstrating the university's trashing of freedom of expression', wrote Goldblatt. "All who passed, bore witness to the violation of Willie Bester's art, yet few said anything and no one lifted ...
Amid a fresh dispute on transformation at the University of Cape Town, the institution's Black Academic Caucus (BAC) is seeking legal advice over the appointment of Lis Lange as deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning. The BAC, which is a collective of black academics, says a more suitably ...
Cape Town – The University of Cape Town has dismissed rumours circulating on social media that Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been appointed as its new vice-chancellor. "Prof Phakeng has not been appointed. The approval by Senate this afternoon is part of a process that is continuing," UCT ...
Students and lecturers alike will now need to use 50% less water every day‚ across all campuses at the University of Cape Town. Failure could risk heavy penalties being imposed on the institution. A letter from the vice-chancellor's desk on Monday states that UCT's intention is to achieve this reduction in ...
Enter the SAP Next-Gen Lab at the University of Cape Town, a first-of-its-kind facility on the African continent that aims to foster closer collaborative relationships between universities, students and the broader corporate sector. According to Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and Global Head of SAP ...
Every weekday morning, Tom Truter arrives at work at the University of Cape Town just before 6am, picks up the Jammie Shuttle he will drive that day, then parks behind the Clarinus Village residential hall. Truter then puts the hour before he hits the road to good use: he pulls out the violin stowed behind ...
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng started her education under a tree and had to walk up to 10km just to get to school. Today, she is a full professor in mathematics education. She is also preparing to take over from Max Price as the vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town from July. Perhaps foretelling ...
CAPE TOWN – University of Cape Town's (UCT) Black Academic Caucus says newly appointed Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng's excellent track record will ensure positive change at the institution. The council has this past weekend officially announced Phakeng will take over from ...
Mamokgethi Phakeng, the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, has said that she wants to create a university culture where young people felt their issues were being heard without needing to resort to protest action. Phakeng, the first black woman to earn a PhD in Mathematics ...
“You can literally wipe out a species by developing an area not bigger than a tennis court,” says Adam West, an ecologist at the University of Cape Town. In an 8 February letter to local authorities, West and four colleagues argued that the drilling would mar the heritage site, and lowering the water table ...
The city's water infrastructure, dependent on rainfall stored in dams, has not kept pace with climate change, says Kevin Winter, an urban water expert at the University of Cape Town. “We'd always believed that climate change wouldn't be as rapid as this, that it wouldn't give us a shock like this,” Winter says.
Tim Noakes expected to appear before HPCSA conduct committee. Noakes came under fire in 2014 after being accused of advising a woman on twitter to wean her baby onto a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. University of Cape Town professor of Sports Science Tim Noakes. Picture: UCT website.
Civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako, winner of the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering National Investigative Project Showdown. Cape Town - The Western Cape's water woes have proved to be an unexpected opportunity for University of Cape Town (UCT) Civil Engineering graduate ...
... Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University. Hassan is Mahomed, Public Health Specialist in the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, Stellenbosch University. Shrikant Peters, Public Health Registrar in the Division of Public Health Medicine, University of Cape Town.
aquifer. City compromising 'critical ecological infrastructure' But Associate Professor Adam West from the University of Cape Town's biological sciences department says due to the particular vulnerability of the region's localised, threatened species, past studies do not negate the need for a thorough EIA.
South Africa's seaside city of Cape Town is mired in a three-year drought and is poised to become the world's first major city to run out of water. The city will shut off municipal taps on "Day Zero," which is projected to be July 9. But for many residents of the city's sprawling, low-income townships, water has ...
There's a guy named Tim Noakes at the University of Cape Town who first advanced this idea really in a very literal way: It's not that your muscles don't matter, it's that muscle fatigue only matters in that it provides information to your brain which then decides to what your limits are. So as I got into that area of ...
Mamokgethi Phakeng, a full professor of mathematics education and a deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Cape Town, has offered several reasons for this. For instance, she has pointed out that black women wishing to enter “non-traditional” careers face opposition from patriarchal African cultures.
“The diversification of our water sources would have helped a whole lot earlier,” says environmental scientist Kevin Winter of the University of Cape Town. “It's difficult to do that because you need sometimes these triggers to be able to change the budgetary system and be able to think differently about a ...
Karabo Khakhau, University of Cape Town SRC president, said they had to assist students who were stranded on Monday. “The problem is the institution over offers residential space which resulted in confusion and frustration. Some students come from far provinces thinking they have secured a place and ...
... persists into South Africa's winter months (June to August), the city also could see “increased transmission” of respiratory viruses and other infections “that can be transmitted by skin contact,” says Marc Mendelson, a professor of medicine and head of infectious diseases at the University of Cape Town.
... El Nino Southern Oscillation. Its effects on our weather have been so profound that the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town is refusing to publish its rainfall forecast for a wet season that should start in May or June, saying short-term predictions have become unreliable.
Cape Town – The University of Cape Town (UCT) is currently facing a student accommodation crisis, with many students having to turn to private accommodation at the last minute. Student representative council (SRC) chairperson Karabo Khakhau believes that the problem lies with the university's ...
"I'm not sure if we'll be able to avert Day Zero," says Kevin Winter, lead researcher at an urban water group at the University of Cape Town. "We're using too much water, and we can't contain it. It's tragic." Says David Olivier, a research fellow at the Global Change Institute at South Africa's University of the ...
CAPE TOWN — It sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster. “Day Zero” is coming to Cape Town this April. Everyone, be warned. The government cautions that the Day Zero threat will surpass anything a major city has faced since World War II or the Sept. 11 attacks. Talks are underway with South Africa's police ...
ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs has congratulated Muhammad Khalid Sayed on being re-elected as the chairman of the party's Youth League in the province. Jacobs also applauded the election of the league's new provincial executive committee. "As the ANC we are confident that the ...
Victor took his discoveries to the University of Cape Town where John Goodwin, the first South African to train as an archaeologist, was busy establishing the Department of Archaeology. As there was no qualified archaeologist available to excavate the cave, Victor and Bertie were instructed in ...


 

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