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UCT researchers honoured at ‘Oscars of science’
30 June, 2017

Four UCT researchers were honoured in the annual NSTF-South32 Awards which took place in Johannesburg last night. The awards, known in the South African research community as the ‘Oscars of science’, recognise and reward excellence in science, engineering and technology, and innovation in South Africa. If the calibre of finalists recognised at the awards is anything to go by, South Africa has a great deal to celebrate.

“The NSTF-South32 Awards offer us an annual opportunity to really celebrate the world-changing work South African researchers achieve,” says UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price. “Every day, without much fuss and fanfare, these researchers conduct work that changes people’s lives for the better.”


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UCT Tax students win the first Global Tax Treaty Commentaries Universities Project Award
22 June, 2017

A team of four Commerce Tax Masters students (Michael Dewar specialising in South African Tax with Rui Carvalho, Imran Daniels and Waleed Sahabodien, all specialising in International Tax) competed in the first Global Tax Treaty Commentaries (GTTC) Universities Project.

Each team from around the world had to prepare a research paper from their country’s perspective on: "The Role of Foreign Court Decisions towards Global Convergence in the Interpretation of Tax Treaties." Associate Professor Craig West, from the Department of Finance and Tax, acted as the South African team coach.


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The state of SA’s youth
16 June, 2017

Only 32.7% of Manenberg’s 6 685 young adults (between 15 and 24) have completed matric, and equivalent or higher. And only 15% of people in that age group are currently attending an educational institution. In this same age group, 64.6% of students who wrote matric in 2015 passed, but this was only 28% of the Grade 8 students who entered high school in 2011.

All this, and much more demographic data for young adults in South Africa, is available on the new Youth Explorer online portal, which launches on Youth Day (16 June) 2017.

The portal sheds light on the state of our young people’s wellbeing as far as their access to healthcare, education, employment, the types of dwellings they live in and who they live with, relative poverty (or wealth), vulnerability to crime, plus a range of other detailed indicators


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