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A safe space to speak
08 May, 2017

When asked to imagine what her university years would have been like outside the Education Development Unit (EDU), teacher’s assistant (TA) Lavhelesani Netshilindi is at a loss.“When I try to picture it, I don’t know,” she shakes her head.“I don’t think I would have survived.“It is for people like me that have baggage,” she explains. More than the bags of clothes she brought with her to UCT. Language, financial stress and culture shock are but a few of the difficulties she experienced.

The EDU staff helped guide her through her struggles with English and worked with her to build up her confidence when speaking the language. They also counselled her through her financial stress, so that she could focus her energy on her studies.Now, four years later and having recently passed part 1 of her qualifying examination, Netshilindi is well on her way to becoming a chartered accountant.

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Commerce caps off May graduations
06 May, 2017

It has been a week of celebrating excellence, as over 4 300 graduates were capped in 14 ceremonies during this delayed graduation season.

Commerce was the last out of the gates, with the final three of a total of six commerce ceremonies taking place on Saturday 6 May.

Graduands enjoyed the sounds of Blackroots Marimba which accompanied the academic processions. This was followed by performances by the South African College of Music.

“Today is a day of joy and we celebrate you and your success. Our world is fragmented. There seems to be so much that is wrong: wars, epidemics, poverty, inequality and discrimination and we seem to be moving from one crisis to the next.”

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Where passion and compassion meet
21 April, 2017

As the oldest of seven children, the pressure was on for Malilimalo Phaswana when he decided to pursue a degree in actuarial science at UCT.

Upon his arrival, he heard about a programme that provided extra training and support. Given the difficulty of his chosen course, the decision to enter the Education Development Unit (EDU) was a no-brainer.

“When I saw all of the services they offer, I thought: ‘Wow, they actually do this for students? It’s excellent.’”
If he had known about the programme before arriving, he would have been a great deal less nervous about the jump to university.

Now, in the first year of his academic articles in the college of accounting, Phaswana is full of compliments for the EDU programme and its dedicated staff.

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