SciMathUS programme producing top students
The Science and Mathematics at University of Stellenbosch (SciMathUS) programme provides a second opportunity for educationally disadvantaged learners to enter higher education studies in Mathematics, Science and Commerce-related fields. The programme, which turns 20 years old this year, continues to provide academic literacy support as well as mentoring and... Read more
Archaeology is first science department with black staff majority
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Archaeology has marked a major milestone by becoming the first department in the Faculty of Science with a black staff majority. This follows the appointments of alumni Dr Vuyiswa Lupuwana and Dr Yonatan Sahle. Dr Lupuwana and Dr Sahle, an Ethiopian... Read more
“Greener” UN treaty could help promote socio-economic rights – LLD graduate
Any efforts to eradicate poverty and guarantee the economic, social and cultural rights of people globally will be unsuccessful if we don’t take the threats of environmental degradation and climate change seriously. This is the view of environmental law and human rights expert Dr Megan Donald, who obtained her... Read more
‘UCT’s Vision 2030 is attainable’
“Achieving the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Vision 2030 is like putting together a million-piece puzzle – it seems challenging and exhausting, but if everyone picks up just one puzzle piece and places it in the correct place, the puzzle will be complete in no time.” And succeeding at... Read more
Project makes COVID-19 information accessible to deaf community
A new project that aims to make information about Covid-19 available to the South African Deaf community has recently been launched by the Department of General Linguistics in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The project was initiated by third-generation Deaf sisters Vanessa Reyneke and Stephanie Lotz,... Read more
Biodegradable cigarette butts have unintended consequences on the environment
With an estimated 5.6 trillion cigarette butts discarded every year, smoking has in more ways than one become one of the leading causes of environmental pollution in the world. Now a group of third year microbiology students from Stellenbosch University (SU) have determined that even so-called environmentally-friendly biodegradable cigarettes... Read more
Thuli Madonsela and SU SRC issues challenge to contribute to scrapping student debt
Professor Thuli Madonsela, who holds Stellenbosch University’s Law Trust Chair in Social Justice, has gifted R27 000 to #Action4Inclusion in celebration of the 27 Years of Democracy. Together with the Stellenbosch University (SU) Student Representative Council (SRC), she challenges SU alumni, members of the public, companies, and captains of... Read more
SU researchers reimagine housing post COVID-19 with a return to the kraal
A return to the ‘kraal’ – or at least a dwelling around a central courtyard and water feature – can just be the secret to unlocking successful housing in years to come. This is according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers from across Sub-Saharan Africa and specifically Stellenbosch University... Read more
Cape Town’s economically vulnerable hit harder by first Covid-19 wave
The stark inequalities within the South African population were brought to the fore in a new study by Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers that shows that poorer communities were much harder hit by the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic than more affluent communities. These findings suggest that lockdown regulations... Read more
First estimate of Namibia’s dolphin populations
The Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area (NIMPA), covers 25% of the overall coastline of Namibia and one of the largest MPA’s in Africa, is home to a substantial population of around 1 600 Heaviside’s dolphins and 3 500 African dusky dolphins. These are the findings from the first population estimate of the... Read more

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