‘Recorded alone, but singing together’
Performing artists have found themselves in a vacuum without their audiences during the COVID-19-imposed lockdown. But VOX Cape Town, created by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr John Woodland and Kyle Paulssen, got around lockdown by launching its first virtual choral performance for Freedom Day on 27 April. Woodland... Read more
New centre tracks COVID-19 social fracture
The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change, incubated by the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business, has launched a six-month project that will use social media analytics and advocacy to combat the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus... Read more
Developing a vaccine for COVID-19
As COVID-19 infection and morbidity rates increase around the globe, a number of companies and academic institutions have entered the race to develop a vaccine to protect us from the lethal virus. Creating a vaccine for COVID-19 is, however, a complex process and could take several months, if not... Read more
Blazing a trail for sportswomen in South Africa
With the success of sportswomen in South Africa ever increasing, it is not only the action on the pitch that has been receiving much-deserved plaudits and support. Amid the International Women’s Day celebrations in March 2020, 25 women in sport – including a group from University Sports South Africa –... Read more
Lockdown: how to survive working from home
Countries around the world have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in unprecedented ways – self-isolation, social distancing, travel bans and, in South Africa, a 21-day lockdown – to curb the spread of the deadly virus. University of Cape Town (UCT) experts give their take on how best to navigate... Read more
Best paper award for UCT TB vaccine research
The International Society for Vaccines (ISV) has selected a publication in which the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Mark Hatherill, Professor Robert Wilkinson, Professor Tom Scriba, Dr Michèle Tameris and Dr Friedrich Thienemann (Faculty of Health Sciences) played a key role, as the best paper of the year for 2019.... Read more
The Fairwork Project
The Fairwork Project has highlighted the precarious nature of work in the gig economy in South Africa, shown by its ratings for digital platforms such as Uber and OrderIn. The release of a set of scores has come at a time that has also exposed the risks faced by... Read more
VC pays it forward with new scholarship for black women
University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has self-funded a new scholarship and a prize for black South African women studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at postgraduate level at UCT. The aim is to pay it forward and drive transformation at the university and... Read more
Celebrating 50 years of astronomy at UCT
Ewine van Dishoeck, Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden University and president of the International Astronomical Union, will present a public lecture in celebration of 50 years of astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Thursday, 6 February, at 16:30. In her lecture, titled “Building stars, planets and the... Read more
Gold medal for leading cervical cancer researcher
University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Lynette Denny’s 25-year body of research on cervical cancer, which affects 80% of black women in South Africa, has won a prestigious South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Gold Medal in its golden jubilee year. The medal awards took place at the Council for... Read more