University of Cape Town

Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in Cape Town, the University of Cape Town is a leading, research-intensive university in South Africa and on the continent, known for its academic excellence and pioneering scholarship. The university is home to a third of South Africa’s A-rated researchers (acknowledged by the Department of Science and Technology as international leaders in their field) and a fifth of the country’s national research chairs. UCT encourages students and staff to use their expertise to speed up social change and economic development across the country and continent, while pursuing the highest standards of excellence in academic knowledge and research: developing African solutions to African challenges that are also shared by developing nations around the world.

UCT, like the city of Cape Town, has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community drawn from all corners of South Africa. It also attracts students and staff from more than 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. The university has strong partnerships and networks with leading African and other international institutions - helping to enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of the campus as well as to extend the reach of UCT’s academic work.

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South Africa needs reflective leadership at its universities. Brett Atherstone/flickr

The end of South African universities?

Former vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen argues that there is no future for South African universities.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma celebrates with his supporters after surviving a no-confidence motion in parliament. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

No confidence vote: a victory for Zuma, but a defeat for the ANC

The political death of President Jacob Zuma is proving to be a protracted affair. Though he lives to fight another day, the ANC faces the prospect of losing its majority at the polls next year.
Two men sit at the roadside in the hope of being offered work. South Africa’s unemployment is moving towards 30%. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Why South Africa shouldn’t turn to the IMF for help

The idea that South Africa must look towards the International Monetary Fund to rescue itself from the prevailing crisis must be dismissed.
Protests escalate as corruption and public sector incompetence in South Africa hamper the provision of basic services. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

How corruption is fraying South Africa’s social and economic fabric

The political cost of corruption is reaching unacceptable levels in South Africa. Reversing the effects of state decay on the poor will take short and long term interventions.

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