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Over 1 000 international delegates gather in Cape Town to find ways of adapting to global climate change

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 In the beginning the conversation about global climate change focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep Earth's temperatures from rising dangerously high. Later, another conversation developed alongside the first, which said even if we stopped all greenhouse gas emissions today, we... 

MeerLICHT launch signals world’s first optical/radio telescope collaboration 

7th June 2018 The South African Astronomical Observatory and the Department of Science and Technology last month launched the MeerLICHT optical telescope at the Observatory site in Sutherland, which will be ‘the eye’ of the MeerKAT radio telescope. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

UCT biomedical engineers design affordable adrenaline auto-injector

By: Anine Kilian     28th May 2018 Biomedical engineers from the Medical Devices Lab at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed an affordable, reloadable adrenaline auto-injector called the ZibiPen. The injector will provide vials of adrenaline for a fraction of the current cost of adrenaline auto-injectors to people with... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

Social compact an ‘essential foundation’ for overcoming poverty, inequality in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2018 A new World Bank report describes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan for crafting a new social compact with business, labour and civil society as an “essential foundation” for overcoming the country’s legacy of racial exclusion, which remained the main cause of chronic poverty and worsening... 

UCT engineers design device to improve the quality of life of asthma sufferers

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Local biomedical engineers at the Medical Devices Laboratory at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have designed a device they hope will alleviate the issues associated with asthma-suffers, especially the elderly and children, who are unable to activate their asthma pumps due to the force required... 

Cape Town's water plan is too narrow, says expert; advises long-term plan

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 UCT academic Dr Kevin Winter says the City council's proposed 26.9% water price hike, which has drawn howls of protest from Capetonians, is not big enough to shift the city out of the water crisis in the long term. "I think the increase is not nearly enough. I am sure the City is going to have to... 

Africa’s first SAP Next-Gen Lab in partnership with the University of Cape Town enables innovation with purpose between corporate SA and millennial talent

16th April 2018 By 2020, nearly half of the total workforce will be made up of Millennials, the young, connected and tech-savvy demographic born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s. Despite this, the latest PwC CEO survey found that one of the biggest challenges for organisations will be engaging and... 

South Africa to play key role in 2019 expedition to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 The Weddell Sea off Antarctica, one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, will be explored next year by a major international scientific expedition in which South African research organisations and scientists will play vital role. The January/February expedition will... 

Researchers discover a new coastal current off Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African, Malagasy and French researchers have discovered the existence of a coastal current off Madagascar. The newly-described current, the South-West Madagascar Coastal Current, flows poleward off the south-west coast of Madagascar. 

Why April rainfall is key to stave off Cape Town's Day Zero

By: News24Wire      9th April 2018 In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019. After three dry years and months of severe water restrictions, everyone in the drought-stricken area wants to know whether we will... 

ATProM to provide solutions for Eskom around ageing energy infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 A new research group Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM) is working on a study – based on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and State-owned power utility Eskom – to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world... 

Adriana Marais

23rd March 2018 This week we profile Dr Adriana Marais, head of innovation at enterprise resource software and business solutions SAP Africa   

Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

South Africa joins global AI community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Global nonprofit organisation City.AI has welcomed South Africa as a new member and is inviting local artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners to attend its first Cape Town City.AI event, which will be held on March 27.  

Lean Institute Africa gets its first woman CEO

20th March 2018 Rose Heathcote has been appointed CEO of the Lean Institute Africa (LIA) as of 1st March 2018. She thereby becomes the Not-for-Profit Organisation’s first woman CEO, and second woman Institutional Head in the in the ten-year-old, twenty-seven-member Lean Global Network (LGN). She will attend the... 

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

Phakeng elected UCT vice-chancellor

By: Thabi Madiba     19th March 2018 The University of Cape Town Council announced on Saturday that is has chosen Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, as the new vice-chancellor of the university, with effect from July 1, 2018. Currently deputy vice-chancellor: research and internationalisation, Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price,... 

Cape Town's taps can still run dry despite Day Zero scrapping - experts

By: News24Wire      12th March 2018 The politicians may have scrapped Day Zero – but water experts say this does not mean Cape Town's taps won't run dry. It is still as likely to happen as it was a week ago. 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

UCT civil engineering graduate wins national award for waterless urinal study

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering graduate Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project Showdown for his research project on the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus. The Western... 

Engen helped secure our success, say star Western Cape matrics

20th February 2018 Four standout Western Cape matriculants, all named among the top 50 in the province, say they have Engen’s Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) to thank for helping put them firmly on the path to career success.   Huda Adams, Shazia Amoo, Meeka-El Hendricks and Zakiyyah Petersen, began their tertiary... 

‘Any nuclear new build a poor choice for South Africa’, not just a Russian build

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2018 Not just Russian but any nuclear new build is a poor choice for South Africa, Rocky Mountain Institute chief scientist Amory Lovins and University of Cape Town (UCT) emeritus professor Anton Eberhard argue in a newly release occasional paper published by the UCT Graduate School of Business.... 

How Cape Town businesses are tightening the taps

By: News24Wire      26th January 2018 As the countdown to Cape Town's dreaded Day Zero continues, ratepayers are not the only ones forced to tighten their belts when it comes to water use. Businesses operating in what may soon become the first major city to run out of water have been implementing more large-scale water-saving... 

Thakadu’s nickel plant secures R50m black industrialist grant

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2018 Innovative metals and energy company Thakadu Battery Materials has secured a R50-million black industrialist grant from South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the construction of its pure nickel sulphate plant in North West province, which will make use of platinum producer... 

Khoza to continue as Eskom chair

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 Zethembe Khoza will continue in his position as chairperson of State-owned power utility Eskom until the 2018 annual general meeting, according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who announced the State-owned power utility’s new board on Friday. The new board – comprising Khoza, Dr Pat... 

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. 

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