Preliminary results from the Southern Africa Labour Development Research Unit’s (SALDRU) in the School of Economics first COVID-19 Vaccine Survey (COVACS) revealed four distinct groups of unvaccinated individuals in South Africa.
Translating over 1 000 economic terms into South Africa’s 11 official languages is at the heart of the EcoDoc app, recently launched within the School of Economics. The aim is to make it easier for economics students to understand terms and definitions in their home languages.
“I think of online education a bit like an Apollo space mission: I’m awed by its potential to change the world forever, but petrified of the disaster that would unfold if it goes wrong,” said Associate Professor Jimmy Winfield from the College of Accounting. Jimmy, who won UCT’s Distinguished Teachers Award in 2016, believes he shared the same sentiments with many lecturers thrust into remote teaching.
Despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic, organisations remained devoted to ensuring that Information Systems students received exposure to the business processes essential for completing their projects.
As someone from a poor, rural background, Mluleki Majavu did not see himself graduating from a university one day – and the idea of obtaining a PhD seemed even more far-fetched. But on 31 July 2021, Mluleki celebrated obtaining his PhD in Information Systems at a festive occasion in the Khayelitsha CBD Multipurpose Centre. He will graduate in December.
The Pitch 2021 received over a hundred proposals from a wide range of disciplines. As part of The Pitch programme, applicants were invited to a series of seminars throughout the year to assist students to develop the perfect pitch. Congratulations to this year's winner’s 1st place: Venture & Co. – Growpod: Julian Reid (Commerce), 2nd place: Vambo Academy: Chido Dzinotyiwei (GSB), 3rd place: GoShare: Tshegofatso Masenya (Health Sciences).
UCT Graduates were awarded six of the 10 Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa for 2022. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for this prestigious scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK rose by 17% last year. Congratulations to all six UCT Rhodes Scholars-Elect, including Gareth McHardy from the School of Economics.
Fifteen young leaders from the Mandela Rhodes Foundation’s (MRF) cohort of scholars for 2022 will be based at UCT for postgraduate studies next year. They represent 10 countries across Africa and constitute half of the MRF group heading for South African universities. Nine of the UCT recipients are women. Congratulations to Karabo Malahleha, from the Commerce EDU, who is currently completing his BBusSc specialising in Finance with Accounting and will study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting next year.
Thanks to a trio of student entrepreneurs, UCT received the 2021 Entrepreneur University of the Year Award in the final round of the Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition. Medical student, Tshegofatso Masenya, won the national Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award and topped the social impact category for GoShare. First prize in the existing business tech category went to GSB student Chido Dzinotyiwei for Vambo Academy. Medical student Vuthlarhi Shirindza came third in the social impact category for Chewi.
Bachelor of Business Science (Computer Science) final-year student Fezeka Nzama won the Residence Academic Development Committee (RADC) essay competition, aimed at fostering diversity and inclusivity among residence students. The winner and runners up, Bulela Njemla, Bilqis Isaacs, Lauren Marsha Grootboom and Simamkele Zweni, were announced by RADC logistics coordinator, Tendai Mbanje.
In 2006, Associate Professor Mark Graham decided that his MBA class needed a decent set of study notes. Fifteen years after sitting down to write them, that simple spark of inspiration has produced three editions of a celebrated local textbook and now an authoritative work published on three continents.
As rampant unemployment, an escalating cost of living and dire socio-economic conditions continue to ravage South Africa, Nqobile Bundwini, a lecturer in the Marketing Section in the School of Management Studies, said the country’s cannabis industry has the potential to lift the economy from the brink of ruin – provided every effort is made to destigmatise the sector first.