Matric maths pass rate poses significant challenge for universities
South Africa’s Minister of Basic Education announced a 2018 matric pass rate of 78.2% in the first week of January as well as a number of other significant achievements. These are academic results of students in their final year of high school. The results are used to gauge the state of... Read more
UCT alumni triumph in social impact challenge
Three University of Cape Town graduates who met while studying information systems at UCT are among the winners of Google’s first Impact Challenge for South Africa, earning them US$250 000 in funding for their career guidance technology. Unathi September, Lebogang Diale and Rudzani Mulaudzi met while studying information systems, graduating... Read more
UCT graduation: ‘Tell them about the dream’
During an historic day at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where a special graduation was held alongside the robing of Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, students from the Faculty of Humanities graduated, academic staff were honoured, and an alumnus returned to inspire. Highlights of the afternoon programme yesterday, 13 December,... Read more
Kehilwe Nakedi: Commitment, passion and dogged determination
Driven by the reward of seeing the full picture when all the pieces of the puzzle are in place, Kehilwe Nakedi’s path to a PhD in Medical Biochemistry was characterised by “commitment and passion”. It’s no coincidence then that she believes these are vital ingredients of successful science. “Good... Read more
University of Cape Town: Envisioning a bright future
Rising University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Mochelo Lefoka grew up in the small village of Makgodu in Limpopo, with his grandparents as his strength and inspiration. They instilled in him a sense of pride in his work and an understanding of the opportunities education could bring. Fast-forward to... Read more
University of Cape Town master’s student in Silicon Valley
As one of five South African emerging leaders on the TechWomen programme, an initiative of the United States Department of States’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student Wiebke Toussaint was invited to visit Silicon Valley, the tech mecca of the world. Aimed at... Read more
UCT excels to win both the Greenovate Property and Engineering Awards 2018
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has won the Greenovate Property Award 2018 and the Greenovate Engineering Award 2018, taking top place in both streams of the prestigious Greenovate Awards. This is the second year in a row that UCT has taken top honours in both Awards, demonstrating continued... Read more
University of Cape Town new cricket coach pursues the premier league
Drought may have disrupted the province’s 2017/2018 cricket season, but UCT’s new coach Eugene Moleon is out to rejuvenate interest in the sport and the UCT Cricket Club. They won the 2017 Western Province Cricket Association’s Club of the Year title. The former Western Province and Lions player will... Read more
VC welcomes Young Global Leaders
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and other South Africa universities are seeking ways to change teaching, research and learning methods in a bid to address an education system many young people see as perpetuating poverty, inequality and unemployment in the country, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng told 35 Young Global... Read more
Recognising the diversity of SA families
What is “a family”? In South African law, the answer – or rather, answers – are broad. For example, it’s not considered unusual or unacceptable for children to move between kin and to be raised at different stages by grandparents, parents and other relatives. Kinship care is a widespread and customary... Read more