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Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Mamokgethi Phakeng named Businesswoman of the Year

Mamokgethi Phakeng named Businesswoman of the Year

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is named Businesswoman of the Year (Education) by the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa.

Sitting volleyball now a standing item at UCT

Sitting volleyball now a standing item at UCT

UCT hosted its first sitting volleyball event on 25 August, with a view to making the sport a regular fixture on the sporting roster.

A feast of thespian delights

A feast of thespian delights

War-torn cities and the secrets of psychiatric prisons – the graduating class of theatre makers present reimagined excerpts from playwrights such as Athol Fugard.

‘Feminist’ is not a dirty word

Feminist is not a dirty word

In a move to understand intersectional feminism and to represent black womxn in film, filmmaker Jabu Nadia Newman created The Foxy Five.

How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax


Honeyguides have long helped people to find honey. New research reveals that the birds can recognise specific human calls and even actively recruit human partners.

Women champion their right to land

Nolundi Luwaya

Nolundi Luwaya is working hard to protect the land rights of women living in rural areas and to put so-called rural issues on the national agenda

Apathy among young people stands in the way of Africa’s demographic dividend

political engagement

While political engagement and participation in public life are declining among young Africans, greater civic education may result in an empowered young citizenry that acts for prosperity, peace and development.

Secret weapon of a busy dean’s assistant

Freda Williams

Freda Williams has been PA to a succession of four deans and three acting deans in the commerce faculty. It’s a job that demands strong coffee.

Diamonds: a scientist's best friend

minerals encased in diamonds

The answers to how and when the continents were formed may be found by studying the traces of minerals encased in diamonds.


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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsDiscovering Homo naledi

Found deep in the Rising Star cave in the Cradle of Humankind in September 2013, Homo naledi is the newest branch on the human family tree. Two short periods of excavation by an all-female team of palaeontologists led to the recovery of more than 1 500 individual remains of unprecedented quality and completeness.

Dr Marina Elliott was one of these six ‘underground astronauts’. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Elliott is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Wits. She has continued to conduct research on the Homo naledi material as well as undertaking further explorations and excavations in the Cradle of Humankind.

In this lecture, Dr Elliott will share her experience of the Rising Star expedition and describe what the research to date has revealed about the biology and behaviour of Homo naledi.

Thursday, 8 September, 18:00–19:00, LT3 Kramer Building, middle campus

R80 (full fee), R40 (staff), R20 (students)

021 650 2888 / ems@uct.ac.za

Photo Flickr / GCIS. Homo naledi fossil discovered in the Rising Star cave.

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