Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is the only university of technology in the Western Cape of South Africa and is the largest University in the region. The University has six faculties focused on Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Informatics and Design, Engineering and Health and Wellness Sciences. The University also plays a leading role in the provision of service-learning opportunities for its students.

The University offers more than 70 career-focused courses and has infrastructure that includes, apart from the two main campuses in Bellville and Cape Town, the Granger Bay Campus with a hotel school and restaurant next to the world-renowned V&A Waterfront in Cape Town as well as various campuses in Mowbray, Wellington, Athlone, Worcestor, George and the two major hospitals in the region.

The University’s research culture and history spans almost two decades and focuses on applied and problem solving research which is responsive to regional, national and continental needs. Since its establishment the institution is making excellent progress in strengthening its research capacity with the establishment of a number of research and innovation centers and also boasts a large number of rated researchers and research chairs. Like all other Universities of Technology in South Africa 2015 saw the celebration of a 10 year birthday milestone for the institution and we look forward to many more decades of innovation and groundbreaking firsts.

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Fidel Castro Ruz: iconic censor of the liberal tradition

All of the world’s struggling masses owe the late Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro an enormous debt for consistently and fearlessly articulating the debilitating aspect of life under under capitalism.
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Why forging social cohesion still eludes post-apartheid South Africa

Despite the noble goals of the new South Africa and its ideals of racial harmony, racial tensions remain a major problem in the country. Prejudice and bigotry persists even in universities.
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Explainer: the search for Earth’s ‘missing fingerprint’

Without understanding why the 'fingerprint' has failed to appear our predictions about global warming - as carbon dioxide concentrations increase - are uncertain.
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How bakers can get itchy eyes and asthma if flour dust is not contained

Bakery employees develop asthma when they are exposed to high levels of flour dust. Although there are international guidelines these are often not protective and badly implemented.
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‘Gays the new Jews’: African media homophobia vs Twitter empathy

Consensual same-sex conduct is a crime in 38 African countries. The media in those countries are very much in cahoots with their rulers. But they're getting their comeuppance from Twitter.
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Cuban schools’ focus on ‘good values’ holds global lessons

A great deal of thinking about Cuba's education system originated from one man. So who was José Martí, and what can his ideas about values education teach other countries?
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Why taking art education seriously could boost learning

Art education is an important vehicle for all sorts of learning and knowledge acquisition. Teachers must be taught not to view it as a "second class" subject.

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