Four UCT researchers were honoured in the annual NSTF-South32 Awards which took place in Johannesburg in June. Among them the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Professor John Ele-Oo Ataguba from the Health Economics Unit of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine.
Mluleki Majavu, who recently completed his PhD in Information Systems from UCT. To celebrate his achievement VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng delivered an address via Zoom to assembled guests in the Khayelitsha MPC Hall.
Five University of Cape Town graduates, including Faculty of Commerce alumni - have given learners in five rural Eastern Cape villages a technological leg up by building a scalable, low-cost tech centre using Raspberry Pi computers and free open-source software.
Not even an eight-hour journey to and from primary school each day could shake barefooted scholar Bongai Munguni’s determination. It was a long journey from rural Zimbabwe to starting her PhD in the School of Economics in 2017. Two years later Bongai entered a joint PhD initiative: the inaugural UCT–Bristol University Researchers without Borders programme.
The Fairwork Project, which draws on the expertise of staff in UCT's School of IT, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester is calling on organisations across South Africa to demonstrate their public commitment to fairer platform work.
Building a good credit record while studying towards a degree is virtually impossible. Yet, it’s a fundamental requirement for life after university. Because Fleeker Finance understands this, the student-led registered credit provider has centred its innovative business model around it. Headed by Asonele Gevenga, a final-year BCom student, the business allows students to borrow small amounts of cash at a nominal interest rate of 2% per month. This enables students to build a healthy credit record while at university.
According to a new analysis by the UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing in the School of Management Studies, many South African households face significant financial strain. As South Africa recently passed its 500th day of COVID-19‑related restrictions, many consumers still struggle to make ends meet. Using data from the National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS‑CRAM) surveys, the UCT Liberty Institute examined the impact on jobs and income across the economic spectrum.
Ziyanda Stuurman is a policy manager at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in the School of Economics. She turns academic research into blueprints for actionable policies for the betterment of all stakeholders. In her book, Can we be safe? The Future of Policing in South Africa, published by Tafelberg in June 2021, Stuurman unpacks the complex and fraught history of policing, courts and prisons in the country.
Moved and frustrated by the pain and hopelessness women expressed during the 2019 gender‑based violence (GBV) protests at UCT, Business Science student Karabo Malahleha knew he had to do something. Asikhulumeni, a GBV education programme, was born from that moment. Asikhulumeni (a non-profit organisation) means ‘Let’s talk’ – and the programme does just that: it starts conversations on GBV with 12- to 19‑year‑olds. Malahleha works with fellow UCT students and co‑directors Alex Pottinger, a BSc student and Sizolwethu (Sizo) Buthelezi, who is studying towards a BCom.
UCT PhD candidate in the School of Economics, Julian Kanjere and his team have won the inaugural Inqola FEED Innovation Prize for their FoodPrint platform. This is an agritech start‑up that’s building a digital and blockchain‑enabled food traceability platform for producers, consumers and others involved in food supply chains.
Although implementing a minimum wage contributes to reducing poverty and inequality in South Africa, Associate Professor Ines Meyer from the Section of Organisational Psychology in the School of Management Studies believes a different approach is necessary. The main focus of Meyer’s research has been on the effect that paying employees a living wage – rather than minimum wage – can have on individuals and their lives, and how best to determine what amount constitutes a living wage.
Professor Carlos Lopes, from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, says that strategic cooperation that leads to effective implementation is what Africa needs to shape the future we want and avoid the one we don’t.