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Turning pain into motivation
27 March, 2018

Sipho Mbadaliga’s story is heartbreaking. Having recently completed his Bachelor of Business Science specialising in finance and accounting, Mbadaliga has had to endure a series of tragedies in his journey to graduation.

Growing up in the small rural community of Madombidzha in Limpopo, where few people had professional qualifications, Mbadaliga’s aims for university transcended merely getting a degree.

“When I came to university, I came with the aim of making my parents and community proud,” he said. “This is what really pushed me to try and excel academically, while also involving myself in leadership positions.”

Mbadaliga’s academic results bear testimony to his dedication. He left matric in 2013 with seven distinctions and as one of the top 20 students in the province, winning a scholarship from UCT’s Faculty of Commerce for his troubles.

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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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Cybersecurity: Our shared responsibility
27 September, 2017

The internet has changed the way in which our world works. It has opened doors to information, people and communication. Unfortunately, it has also allowed criminal elements to enter our lives more easily.
South Africa loses an estimated R5.8 billion a year to cybercrime. In 2016 the Norton Report placed the country third highest out of 24 countries surveyed with regards to the effects of cybercrime. In the wake of international cybersecurity incidents such as the WannaCry virus, people are becoming increasingly vigilant of their online risks and more aware of their cyber safety.

October is Cybersecurity Month. This annual global campaign aims to raise awareness around cybersecurity issues, as well as educate the public about staying safe online. While UCT’S Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) has run this drive for the past five years, this year it is being run on campus by the newly formed Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT).

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