Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Fertiliser from urine: winning master’s research underscores SDGs

Human urine is treated as a mere waste product, millions of litres flushed away daily. But this liquid gold is rich in nitrogen in the form of urea, which is most often used as a fertiliser. University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering master’s candidate Hlumelo Marepula has won an award for producing a urea-ethanol solution that can be recrystallised to produce fertiliser (urea) and potentially diesel engine fluid with water as a by-product.

Publication Date:
Mon, 27 Sep 2021 - 15:15
YES! scholarships harness power of small donors

Ten years ago, two young University of Cape Town (UCT) chemical engineering graduates put a dream into action. The embodiment is the Young Engineers Scholarship (YES!), a scholarship that harnesses friend networks and that has supported more than 18 students in chemical engineering and allied fields. The co-founders hope there will be many more to come.

Publication Date:
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 - 14:45
UCT grads build scaleable, low-cost tech centre for EC learners

2019 Klaus Jurgen Bathe scholar, Callum Tilbury is part of a group of UCT graduates who have given learners in five rural Eastern Cape villages a technological leg up by building a scaleable, low-cost tech centre using Raspberry Pi computers and free open-source software. Callum graduated in 2020 with a first in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has just embarked on an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. On this, Professor Zingoni, director of the programme, remarked “We are proud that Callum has been accepted into one of the top institutions in the world, and wish him success.”


Publication Date:
Wed, 15 Sep 2021 - 11:15
Nurturing the next generation of leaders

The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme was established at the University of Cape Town in 2014, through a gift donated by Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe of Massachusetts (USA). The primary goal of the programme is to produce graduates with outstanding leadership qualities and a strong sense of social justice, who will go on to play leading and significant roles in business, government, industry and civil society in South Africa and on the African continent.

Publication Date:
Tue, 07 Sep 2021 - 10:30