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The real state of the nation: study the data
10 March, 2018

To honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy of a better life for all, President Cyril Ramaphosa will need to look at hard data on the state of the nation, Samantha Richmond wrote in Business Day recently. Richmond is senior operations manager at the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), implemented by UCT’s Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).

All eyes are on President Cyril Ramaphosa to see if he can deliver on the promises made in his inaugural State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month. After months of political uncertainty, the ship – as Trevor Manual put it after the address – finally appears to have a captain at its helm. For the first time in 10 years, there is hope that South Africa may now be able to go somewhere.

Since Ramaphosa’s narrow victory at the ANC's elective conference at Nasrec in December, the new leadership of the ruling party has hinted at adopting new policies that are noticeably more radical. The SONA took this further, outlining several bold new approaches and affirming the government’s commitment to “radical economic transformation”.

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Researching affirmative action at UCT
06 March, 2018

A study by researchers from the University of Cape Town on the hotly debated issue of affirmative action has shown that the university’s policies have a substantial impact on the racial distribution of who is offered a place at the university.

The paper, titled “Estimating the size and impact of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at the University of Cape Town”, was recently published in the South African Journal of Economics.

Lead researcher Andrew Kerr from DataFirst in the Faculty of Commerce; Patrizio Piraino, associate professor at UCT’s School of Economics; and Vimal Ranchhod, the deputy director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) looked into various sources of data to estimate the extent and targeting of affirmative action at UCT.

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Entrepreneurship convener launches a book explaining the creative process
19 February, 2018

David Priilaid, an Associate Professor in the School of Management Studies and convener of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, is launching a book entitled Creativity Explained – from Music and Art to Innovation in Business. The book officially launches on 18 April 2018.

Priilaid has a PhD in non-linear econometrics and publishes mostly in the field of wine and economic psychology, though some of his poetry has appeared in print. He was a resident DJ on UCT’s campus radio from 1987 to 1990, and his formative experience in the arts provided fertile ground for the genesis of this book.

“My book follows on the back of “Creativity in Business” (BUS4090F), a course which I initiated in 2012, says David Priilaid, who also teaches a course in start-up strategy. “As an English major, a dabbler in poetry, and DJ rooted in music of the 60’s and 70’s I have always been fascinated in the lives of my musical and literary heroes.

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