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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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Through their vaccination choices, parents are often communicating not just what they think, but also who they are. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Unpacking parents’ reasons for not vaccinating their children: why it matters

Vaccination uptake is influenced by many factors and carries a variety of meanings – social, political, economic, ideological, moral as well as biological.
Varias mujeres se tapan la boca mientras caminan por Ciudad del Cabo (Sudáfrica) en mayo de 2020. Shutterstock / Chadolfski

El impacto de la covid-19 en la pobreza y la desigualdad en África

La dificultad para reducir los niveles de pobreza y desigualdad en África se debe a la incapacidad de lograr un desarrollo equitativo en el continente y a la falta de servicios sociales para los trabajadores.
Sandstorm approaching Merzouga Settlement in Erg Chebbi Desert, Morocco. Pavliha/Getty Images

Six areas where action must focus to rescue this planet

Humanity’s biggest challenges are not technical, but social, economic, political and behavioural. Effective actions are still possible to stabilise the climate and the planet, but must be taken now.
Higher temperatures cause drought, and can lead to food insecurity. Guido Dingemans, De Eindredactie/GettyImages

Extreme heat hurts human health. Its effects must be mitigated – urgently

Many of the temperatures presently being recorded in Africa, and those projected in the next decade, are already close to the limits of human survival, or “liveability”.
Sensationalist coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic spreads fear and is unhelpful. Getty Images

South African front-page stories about COVID were sensationalist and unhelpful

The majority of front page reports were negative in tone, seeing very little possibility for individual agency and self-efficacy. This can amplify public anxiety and fear.
A young woman fetching water. Climate change literacy rates in Nigeria range from 71% in Kwara to 5% in Kano. Shutterstock

Africa’s first continent-wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key

Education, historical trends in precipitation, and perceived drought experiences predict increased climate change literacy, but rates are lower for women, those in rural areas, and low-income groups.
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La spectaculaire « course des sardines » de l'Afrique du Sud entraîne les poissons dans un piège écologique

Attirées par la remontée des eaux froides de l’océan indien, les sardines de l’Afrique du Sud restent piégées dans ces mêmes eaux une fois qu’elles redeviennent chaudes.
A woman with her baby collects her household goods in front of her newly built shack in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town. Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

Community health workers can help South African women with perinatal depression

Pregnant women and mothers of infants are at a higher risk of experiencing depression because of increased pressures they face economically, in their relationships, with their families, and socially.
The world’s poorest countries will be hit hardest by climate hazards and climate change driven extreme weather events. Getty Images/ Luis Dafos

Five ways in which finance for climate adaptation in Africa falls short

Without financial support that helps communities adapt to climate impacts, climate change is projected to push tens of millions more Africans into extreme poverty by 2030.

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