Friday, 24 January 2020
San and Khoi claim benefits from rooibos

Transformation in the rooibos sector has been slow. The genocide of the indigenous San people and the virtual enslavement of the Khoi people in rooibos-growing landscapes of the Cape centuries ago, coupled with a government-controlled monopoly during the apartheid years, has led to a highly skewed and fractured industry.

Publication Date:
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 - 09:15
Extinct plant rediscovered after 200 years

One of the first recorded species to have been lost to forestry and agriculture in the Western Cape in the 1800s, a type of fountain bush from the pea family that used to grow next to mountain streams in the Tulbagh region, has been rediscovered.

Psoralea cataracta was discovered by Brian du Preez, a PhD student in botany at the University of Cape Town, when he accidentally stumbled upon a population on a narrow track close to a river on a farm near Tulbagh

Publication Date:
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 08:30
UCT researchers excel at L’Oréal-UNESCO awards

Four women researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were among the seven recognised by the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme for their excellent contributions to science.  Emma Platts from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, a PhD graduate, was awarded an R80 000 grant to be put towards the completion of her doctoral studies.

Publication Date:
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 - 08:45
Rewriting a piece of history

More than a century after they died, and almost 90 years after the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) unethically obtained the skeletal remains of nine people from the Sutherland area of the Northern Cape, a significant part of their history has been revealed.  Professor Judith Sealy, from UCT’s Department of Archaeology, was tasked with analysing the bones and teeth of the Sutherland individuals, to help determine their origins, as reflected in the chemistry of the foods they ate.

Publication Date:
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 - 08:30