World-first: Bio-bricks from urine
The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert, signalling an innovative paradigm shift in waste recovery.
Solar-powered house to compete internationally
Three University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturers are part of Team Mahali, building a net-zero-energy house to compete at Solar Decathlon Africa in Morocco next year.
2019 EBE undergraduate student council
Joshua Mukurazhizha, third left is the chair of the 2019 EBE undergraduate student council. Members of the council are seen here with the Dean, Professor Alison Lewis.
#Save Water - Every Drop counts
With your help, we can establish UCT as a water-wise and water-sensitive institution that contributes to the welfare of the Cape Town community.
Women in Engineering
Developing creative, innovative women in engineering.


Tuesday, 13 November 2018
An open letter to Civil Engineering Magazine and the SAICE CEO

I am writing in response to the article “Out on a rib”, written by the CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Manglin Pillay, and published in the July 2018 issue of the SAICE’s Civil Engineering magazine. Mr Pillay questions the wisdom of investing heavily into attracting women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 09:30
My Just City is Black and White

My Just City is Black and White: Race, Space and Design is a Lecture that was delivered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation by Prof Toni L Griffin. The Lecture was put together with the aim of opening up public discourses on urban justice, access to the city and segregation and displacement. Respondents were from the African Centre for Cities & of on the concept of "just cities."


Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:00
Distinguished physics teacher leaves his mark

Relaxed, irreverent, interactive, engaging. That’s how physics lecturer Gregor Leigh describes his teaching style. Leigh is one of four new recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA), a highly prized accolade at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The former high-school maths and science teacher and technikon lecturer shared his thoughts with Helen Swingler.

Publication Date:
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 07:45
Adapting to changing climates

Cape Town’s “Day Zero” experience – the prospect of dam levels dropping dangerously low, taps running dry and water rations being distributed from public collection points – speaks powerfully to the urgency and complexity of climate change adaptation.

The recent arrival of the South African city’s winter rains mean that dam levels have begun rising again and it’s dodged the introduction of wholesale water rationing. For now.

Publication Date:
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 07:30