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Nurturing young entrepreneurs
17 February, 2015

Kevin Rabotapi is a grade 11 student at Oaklands High School with a passion for business. Last year his business teacher approached him with an invitation: would he like to participate in a new kind of olympiad, one that would involve learning about being an entrepreneur and end with the chance to pitch for funding for an original business idea?

Rabotapi jumped at the chance and, along with a friend, he came up with the idea of mobile shopping app that shows deals and promotions specific to a shopper's location. "How it works," he explains, "is that if you use the app, you will be notified about promotions going on in a shop near you. For example, if you find yourself outside of an Edgars store, the app might send you a notification to say that that store has a special on jeans or a promotion on footwear."


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Mother-tongue finance and accounting learning tool – a first in SA
13 February, 2015

UCT's College of Accounting has collaborated with Fasset (Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority) and GetSmarter to launch 'Learn Accounting' which offers video-based learning on key financial and accounting concepts.

The programme will help universities graduate more black accounting students and ultimately also boost their numbers in a sector in which the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) reports sluggish transformation. A mere 24% of chartered accountants in SA are black, in spite of numerous initiatives and bursary programmes to reverse the trend.


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Winner of lucidity prize shares writing tips
13 February, 2015

Lucid writing begins with lucid thinking. This gem was imparted by Megan Mc Laren, an Information Systems graduate who has won the Keswick Prize for Lucidity.

Her essay, Impacts of Gamification on Perception and Behaviour, was based on the literature review of her technical report in her BCom Honours in Information Systems. It is rare for Commerce students to win this prize, which is jealously guarded by the Humanities Faculty.The R7 500 prize is awarded annually by Sir John Chippendale Lindley Keswick (fondly known as Sir Chips), whose only stipulation is that he receives a jargon-free letter of thanks.


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