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UCT alumni build ‘Coronapp’ platform
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 - 21:00

In an effort to quell panic and provide South Africans with reliable and accurate information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), two University of Cape Town (UCT) alumni have built Coronapp, a centralised online platform for information about the disease.

‘Overwhelming’ student response to man COVID-19 hotline
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 - 20:45

Over 100 student members of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences student societies have volunteered to man the COVID-19 hotline at the Tygerberg Hospital Disaster Management Centre.

R5 million donation for UCT’s COVID-19 offensive
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 - 18:30

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) chancellor, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, has announced a R5 million donation by the Motsepe Foundation to help the university manage its multi-faceted response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared it a national disaster in South Africa on Sunday, 15 March, and the country is in lockdown as of midnight on Thursday, 26 March.

Growing exam support for students with disabilities
Thu, 19 Dec 2019 - 10:30

The recent exam season saw almost 200 University of Cape Town (UCT) students with a variety of disabilities write 502 exams at Disability Service venues around campus. It took a dedicated team to effect the wide ranging support needed.

‘I am not leaving UCT, I am taking UCT with me’
Sat, 14 Dec 2019 - 11:45

In bidding a fond farewell to the University of Cape Town (UCT) community after her 20-year tenure, Chancellor Graça Machel reflected on two decades as the titular head of the institution. She says she is “at peace” knowing the university continues to prioritise and make progress with addressing sensitive issues like transformation.

First Khoekhoegowab language course cohort honoured
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 - 14:15

On Friday, 29 November, 77 course participants comprising staff and students at UCT and members of the West Coast community, took to the podium to receive their certificates of participation in the indigenous Khoe language short course – a first of its kind for a South African university.

Following Ansla van Bengalen
Fri, 26 Jul 2019 - 11:30

As part of the Summer School Extension programme, UCT's Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) hosted Amie Soudien, a curator, writer and researcher, who presented her work on Ansla van Bengalen, a former slave whose life history Soudien has studied. Soudien delivered the lecture, 'Following Ansla van Bengalen: revisiting the histories of enslaved women in the Cape', on 17 July 2019 in UCT's Kramer Building.

Lessons from a record-breaking drought
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 11:15

Multiple perspectives are key to building resilience according to Gina Ziervogel’s latest research into Cape Town’s water crisis.

Butler on Ramaphosa’s rise to president
Tue, 23 Jul 2019 - 18:00

On Monday 29 July Professor Anthony Butler, of the Department of Political Studies, will present a lecture on Cyril Ramaphosa’s rise to president, exploring how he moved from the margins of politics in the Thabo Mbeki era to the state presidency.

Multimillion rand boost for Africa medicines research
Wed, 26 Jun 2019 - 12:00

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus and former chairman and chief executive of Coca-Cola Neville Isdell has donated $1 242 160 (about R18 million) towards research into the discovery of new medicines for infectious diseases at the university’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D).

Raising funds for campus food security
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 10:00

UCT's annual Phonathon kicks off today, 18 June 2019, and the proceeds will support the UCT Food Programme.

Unique exhibitions to mark Africa Month
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 11:00

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is hosting two separate and uniquely African exhibitions in the UCT Libraries and at the Irma Stern Museum as part of the institution’s Africa Month celebrations.