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UCT ranked in top 20% of world’s universities

By: Thabi Madiba     19th June 2019 The University of Cape Town has moved up two places to 198 in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, placing it in the top 20% of the world’s universities. UCT keeps its title as the top university in Africa. Early this year in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject,... 

SA SME Fund aims to set up South Africa’s first university technology fund by August 

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2019 The SA SME Fund, created in 2016 by big business to support entrepreneurs and help established small firms expand, is planning to set up a R150-million university technology fund to support the commercialisation of intellectual property developed at South Africa’s tertiary institutions. The... 

ParkUpp start-up monetising inner city parking

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2019 Property technology firm ParkUpp is monetising idle parking spaces in inner cities by allowing private and commercial property owners to list available parking spaces on its website and persons looking for long-term parking to browse available options. There are many cars parked on the side of... 

South Africans play major roles in international astronomy project

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has reported that the international consortium of computing specialists, which included South Africans, which had been developing the Science Data Processor (SDP) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, had completed its... 

New study proves penguins are key indicators of ocean health

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2019 A new study has proven that African penguins benefit when there is a greater abundance of fish available and it can be used to inform fisheries management in future. The three-year study looked at a colony on Robben Island during a period when the area was closed to commercial fishing and... 

Ramaphosa appoints head of new NPA investigating unit 

By: News24Wire      17th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Advocate Hermione Cronje as head of the new Investigating Directorate at the National Prosecuting Authority. This unit will be located in the office of Shamila Batohi, the national director of public prosecutions. The establishment of the unit was announced... 

INITIATE INTERVIEW: “We want to be a part of ‘EmPOWERing Africa’. Training, coaching and mentoring of the youth is critical to the success of our future economy”

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2019 Exclusive interview with Shane Pereira, Business Development Executive at Lesedi Nuclear Services, sponsors of the Initiate! Impact Challenge that is taking place at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa at the CTICC from 14-16 May. The Initiate! 3-day challenge is for postgraduate students... 

UCT engineers test Maputo-Katembe suspension bridge

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Civil Engineering Emeritus Professor Mark Alexander’s wish to stand on top of a suspension bridge and experience its combined forces of nature and structural engineering was recently fulfilled when he got to inspect the R11.3-billion Maputo-Katembe... 

UCT GSB professor joins prestigious global initiative to end energy poverty

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Professor Anton Eberhard has been appointed to the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty – a new initiative which aims to accelerate access to electricity to millions of under-serviced homes and businesses quickly and cost-effectively. The... 

Eskom task team mulling new debt-relief options as it comes to terms with depth of crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2019 The Eskom Sustainability Task Team – which has already had its proposal for the unbundling of the utility into three separate units accepted by government – is now finalising an updated report for President Cyril Ramaphosa which will include a financial recovery plan for the State-owned entity.... 

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