Monday, 18 October 2021
Women’s Month: Women, step up to uncover Africa’s fossil heritage

Africa is rich in dinosaur fossils but more scientists and fieldworkers are needed to uncover this “fabulous heritage”, especially women who are still too scarce in the field, said University of Cape Town (UCT) palaeobiologist Professor Anusuya Chinsamy‑Turan. And like other scientific fields, this status must change.

Publication Date:
Mon, 23 Aug 2021 - 11:15
Women’s Month: UCT trio changing learners’ GBV mindsets

Moved and frustrated by the pain and hopelessness women expressed during the 2019 gender‑based violence (GBV) protests at the University of Cape Town (UCT), student Karabo Malahleha knew he had to do something. Asikhulumeni, a GBV education programme, was born from that moment; it primes high school learners at a key formative stage of their lives.  Alex Pottinger, a BSc third year student is a co-director of Asikhulumeni.

Publication Date:
Wed, 18 Aug 2021 - 10:30
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