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UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

UCT-led team makes new dinosaur discovery

By: News24Wire      26th October 2017 A team of scientists from universities in SA, the UK and Brazil have discovered the first evidence of a large carnivorous dinosaur roaming Southern Africa 200-million years ago, according to a statement from the University of Cape Town (UCT). The UCT-led team comprised of scientists from the... 

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

Cape Town's groundwater plan targets 'impossible' 

By: News24Wire      11th October 2017 Key partners in the extraction of groundwater to augment the City of Cape Town's water supply believe that the city's current 100-million litres per day target is impossible. Speaking as an audience member at a Muizenberg Festival gathering on Tuesday, Umvoto earth sciences consultancy director... 

Big opportunity for change amid renewables-led disruption

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Energy sector has opportunity to change amid ‘disruptive moment’ caused by renewables

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

Calls for more investment in science infrastructure in Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2017 Researcher Professor Kelly Chibale has called for a deep commitment to investing in world-class infrastructure and skills for scientists to succeed on the continent. The founder and director of Africa’s only integrated drug discovery and development centre, H3D, at the University of Cape Town... 

Engen’s Phikolomzi Gugwana has found his wings and space to fly

     18th July 2017 Phikolomzi Gugwana grew up in Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape but attended a secondary school in Wentworth, Durban as there were no high schools in Mount Ayliff that taught in English.   From an early age, Phikolomzi (his name means ‘wings’) showed great aptitude for maths and science, subjects... 

Green Bond to help with 'new normal' of water shortages

By: News24Wire      13th July 2017 The City of Cape Town should spend some of the R1bn raised in its first Green Bond on installing digital water-use devices in homes, a University of Cape Town (UCT) senior lecturer has suggested. "We have no electronic dashboard to help us compare day-to-day consumption," Dr Kevin Winter, who is... 

Experts ponder the effect electric cars could have on oil market

By: Kim Cloete     23rd June 2017 Climate change policies, green investment and changes in consumer behaviour are beginning to bite and are expected to have a major impact on oil consumption throughout the world, a special seminar on the future of oil and gas has heard. “The collapse in the price of oil and the failure of the... 

Experts see radical changes ahead in the oil and gas industry

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2017 Climate change policies, green investment and changes in consumer behaviour are beginning to bite and are expected to have a major impact on oil consumption throughout the world, a special seminar on the future of oil and gas has heard. “The collapse in the price of oil and the failure of the... 

UCT to host oil, gas webinar

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2017 The University of Cape Town will host a two-hour webinar on the future of oil and gas in South Africa on June 7. This webinar will take a 10- to 25-year view on the future of oil and gas in South Africa and the broader Southern African region. It will ask critical questions about the way forward. 

South Africa participates in international astronomy programme

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 Astronomers from around the world, including South Africa, will attempt to study the rings of an exoplanet orbiting a star 63.4 light years away from earth. The international programme, being conducted between April 2017 and January 2018, would have astronomers observing Beta Pictoris, the second... 

Sub-Saharan Africa middle class represents R1.3tr a month market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2017 A University of Cape Town (UCT) Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing initiative, the African Lions research project, has established that the sub-Saharan African middle class, comprising around 100-million people, represents a R1.3-trillion a month market and is growing. Carried out... 

Study finds that climate change threatens fynbos

By: News24Wire      19th May 2017 A study using data stretching back several decades has produced the first empirical evidence that increasingly hot, dry summers driven by climate change are having a negative effect on the Cape’s unique fynbos. The findings also raise questions about the effect this climate change impact could... 

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Winging it

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th April 2017 Not too long ago, I asked a young engineer to build an item of equipment. It was not very complicated; when the temperature rose above a certain level, a relay should close, which would energise a socket outlet to power a cooling device. At the same time, if the temperature fell below a certain... 

Mars-bound Marais appointed SAP Head of Innovation

By: African News Agency      6th April 2017 SAP Africa, the software giant, has appointed prominent astronaut and multiple award winner, Dr Adriana Marais, as head of innovation. Based at head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, she will lead the Internet of Things (IoT) Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation... 

Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     31st March 2017 Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school has been formally launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, commonly known as the d-school, aims to foster innovation and encourage fresh ways of thinking. 

Standout Eastern Cape learners commence student life

     13th March 2017 Two standout Eastern Cape learners who attended an Engen Maths and Science School in their area, aced their matric examinations and are now all set to pursue their tertiary studies in medicine and engineering at the University of Cape Town. Athini Mqolora achieved an impressive overall average of... 

Top learners head to Cape Town and Harvard to commence student life

     13th March 2017 The Engen Maths and Science Schools EMSS is a national initiative that addresses key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by providing after hours Maths and Science tuition to learners who show an advanced aptitude in the subjects.    Engen’s manager of Corporate Social... 

Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     10th March 2017 Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school has been formally launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, commonly known as the d-school, aims to foster innovation and encourage fresh ways of thinking. 

UK, S Africa universities study impact of digital technology in higher education

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 As digital technology continues to influence and disrupt how students learn and are taught, a new transcontinental research project by the University of Leeds, in the UK, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will examine its effect on staff, students and employers. The ‘Unbundled University:... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in the Eastern Cape

     6th March 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Prof Mark Alexander To Edit Latest Revision Of ‘’Concrete Bible’’

     8th December 2016 The Concrete Institute has announced that Prof Mark Alexander, who at the end of 2015 retired from the Department of Civil Engineering at UCT, will edit the 10th edition of the world-renowned ‘’concrete bible’’, Fulton’s Concrete Technology. Bryan Perrie, managing director of TCI, says Prof... 

AfDB provides R4.2m for South African sustainable mining efforts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th October 2016 To develop skills and knowledge in sustainable development and mining, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted R4.2-million to an initiative run by the South African government and the University of Cape Town (UCT). Aimed at helping turn the minerals extraction and beneficiation... 

Fishing companies and NGOs call for moratorium on bulk sediment seabed mining

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA), which comprises five major fishing companies and two nongovernmental organisations, is calling for a moratorium on all new and existing prospecting and mining applications related to bulk sediment seabed mining. This follows the release of a new report... 

The paper chase

By: Riaan de Lange     7th October 2016 If you were a child in the mid-1970s, then you can truly relate this article. Back then, children would spend an evening, preferably a few evenings, in front of a television set, gazing at the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC’s) text panel transmission, which lasted for all of two... 

New device may offer a solution to South Africa’s leaking pipes

By: Kim Cloete     23rd September 2016 Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed a novel device that could help to contain the massive amount of water lost through leaking pipes in South Africa. UCT Department of Civil Engineering researcher Professor Kobus van Zyl says the device is able to do a sophisticated... 

Water research institute launched at UCT

By: Kim Cloete     23rd September 2016 A water research institute that aims to generate new knowledge and come up with innovative ways to manage water in South Africa was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at an event held in Cape Town earlier this month. The Future Water... 

New segments need to be added to housing delivery model – UCT academic

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2016 The current South African housing delivery model is generally seen as problematic and more housing categories need to be introduced to better accommodate different housing needs, UCT construction economics and management lecturer Rob McGaffin said on Thursday. A research report compiled by... 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. Even though... 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. MOOCs have... 

Water research institute launched at UCT

By: Kim Cloete     9th September 2016 A water research institute that aims to generate new knowledge and come up with innovative ways to manage water in South Africa was launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT) by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at an event held in Cape Town on Thursday. The Future Water... 

New device could offer a solution to South Africa’s leaking pipes

By: Kim Cloete     7th September 2016 Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed a novel device that could help to contain the massive amount of water lost through leaking pipes in South Africa. UCT Department of Civil Engineering researcher Professor Kobus van Zyl says the device is able to do a sophisticated... 

DST to invest in expanding South Africa's cyberinfrastructure

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2016 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will invest R60-million over three years on the establishment of two projects – a national e-science teaching and training platform and a regional data centre – with the aim of expanding... 

Ramaphosa appoints panel on minimum wage 

By: News24Wire      15th August 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a seven-person panel to advise on an appropriate level at which the national minimum wage could be set. Ramaphosa did this in his capacity as chair of the Committee of Principals of the National Economic Development Council (Nedlac). The committee... 

Eskom, local universities sign Phase 2 of the EPPEI funding agreement

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2016 Eskom will next week sign Phase 2 of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) funding agreement, which will see the State power utility committing R155-million to execute and enhance eight interuniversity programmes in South Africa, integrating research efforts and creating synergy... 

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