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.
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
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.
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.
He’s usually a nondescript, greyish fella when he arrives at his chosen nesting site in False Bay, but transforms as the spring breeding season approaches when he dons a black nuptial dress, develops handsome white bands on his sides, and swim sideways just to show them off. “The change is mind-blowing,” said University of Cape Town (UCT) MSc student Nina Faure Beaulieu, whose thesis will examine the curious mating rituals of this ubiquitous little South African fish, just 20 to 30 cm long. It’s the first study of the species’ behaviour pre-, during and post-nesting.
Sameshan Perumal, a Masters student in the Science Faculty, recently returned from presenting his research in Switzerland at CERN Open Days with the assistance of SA-CERN and his supervisor, Dr Tom Dietel.
South Africa’s approach to managing its fishing industry is supposed to include all interested parties. Fishers and government should work together to make decisions. But this has proven to be easier said than done. A scenario-based appraoch has been developed by UCT post doctoral research fellow Louise Gammage, helps fishers capture important local ecological knowledge to integrate into formal decision-making processes.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Science’s new code of conduct promotes safety and well-being among staff and students, by tackling discrimination and harassment in classrooms, laboratories, during field camps and in other settings.
The Hydrogen and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) hit a milestone this past week with the launch of its prototype, custom-built telescope dishes. HIRAX, led by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) with collaborators including the University of Cape Town (UCT), is a planned radio telescope that will sit alongside the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in the Karoo Desert.
Africa accounts for 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden, yet the discovery and development of medicines that end up in Africa has historically only happened in the global north. It is time for the situation to change, says Professor Kelly Chibale, director and founder of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is not coming, it is already here, and the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new School of Information Technology (IT) is already well positioned to prepare students, says its director Professor Ulrike Rivett. Rivett was speaking at the official launch of the school, which opened last year and which merges the innovative technological and multidisciplinary capacities and knowledge of the faculties of Science, Commerce and Humanities.