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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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More than 1300 applications for Africa’s first online Postgraduate Diplomas
13 January, 2015

The Faculty of Commerce has received overwhelming interest in its first online diplomas and admissions close on Thursday this week.

Since their official launch in August last year, applications for the online UCT Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Marketing and the online UCT Advanced Diploma in Business Project Management have increased dramatically. The final date for applications is Thursday, 15 January 2015.


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How to make a PhD even longer
17 December, 2014

A PhD journey is, by necessity, a long one, and for many the time between thesis marking and the wearing of the funny hat in Jammie Hall, is, by preference, as short as possible.This was not the case, however, for Dr Chao Mulenga, who put her family’s interests above her own academic need to graduate.

Dr Mulenga, who is attached to the Section of Organisational Psychology in Commerce, completed her thesis on Occupational Health Psychology (An explanatory model of antecedents and outcomes of the health and safety climate in the South African Construction Industry).
In total the doctoral route took 5 ½ years.


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