Tuesday, 3 August 2021
Cape Town’s baboon programme: Successful coexistence between wildlife and urban communities

Baboons spending more time in their natural habitats and suffering fewer human-caused injuries and deaths is cause for celebration, writes Professor Justin O’Riain, the director of the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Publication Date:
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 - 12:15
UCT joins forces with NASA for biodiversity survey

Regarded as one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, South Africa’s Greater Cape Floristic Region is set to be the subject of a first-of-its-kind biodiversity survey conducted by NASA. The collaborative campaign, dubbed BioSCape, will see scientists from the United States (US) and South Africa working closely together to map marine, freshwater and terrestrial species and ecosystems within the region. Dr Jasper Slingsby, a senior lecturer in Plant Ecology and Global Change Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is part of the project team coordinating the rollout.

Publication Date:
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 - 09:45
UCT drug discovery trailblazer among Juneteenth biotech leaders

Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), has been named among 22 rising black biotech leaders in the Timmerman Report, published in the United States (US). Professor Chibale is the only Africa‑based scientist included in the group.

Publication Date:
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 - 09:15
R500 in her pocket, nowhere to stay: cum laude graduand recalls dark days

Growing up in rural Namibia, Aune Angobe had never used a computer before she enrolled at university. And prior to her master’s studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), she had never travelled south of Windhoek. But nurtured by the “tender care” of her grandparents over many years, Aune said, she’s learnt the value of education – and opportunity.

Aune will graduate MSc Molecular and Cell Biology cum laude on 19 July, achieving over 95% for her course. She was interviewed by UCT News.

Publication Date:
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 - 10:30