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A pan-African approach to leadership
13 March, 2017

What could a South African human rights activist have in common with a Senegalese banker? A Ghanaian microfinance expert with a Tanzanian advocate? A Zambian chemical engineer with an Ethiopian journalist?

Dr Marianne Camerer, director of the Building Bridges programme at UCT’s Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP), would tell you that the answer is a great deal. They are all making a difference in their communities and have a common commitment to Africa.

For two weeks in March, 26 emerging leaders gathered in Cape Town for the third annual Leading in Public Life Emerging African Leaders fellowship, hosted by the Building Bridges programme at the GSDPP.

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New ranking shows which SA banks contribute most to systemic risk
09 March, 2017

A new ranking highlights some of the dangers and risks facing South Africa’s banks – an industry that has been rocked by recent revelations of collusion and currency fixing, resulting in the Competition Commission referring to the Tribunal for prosecution against 17 banks.

Designed by two students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM), the SA Financial Institution Systemic Risk Ranking rates South African financial institutions according to their contribution to systemic risk – which is the likelihood that the failure of a bank would lead to the failure of the financial system as a whole. While the ranking does not give any indication of the likelihood that a financial institution will default, it gives an indication of how such a default would affect other South African financial institutions.

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Studying development at UCT just got easier
07 March, 2017

Students have long been able to seek knowledge related to development in their own faculties and departments, from economics to sociology. But on 3 March 2017, the university offered a one-stop shop for development studies within its halls for the first time, when the Studying Development website and handbook were launched at the School of Economics.

The publication of the handbook is a way to recognise that higher education is not just about producing graduates who are ready for the job market, said Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, UCT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation.

“It’s also making sure that we produce graduates who are relevant to the context,” she said. “For us in Africa, it’s even more important.”

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