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.
UCT’s student-run Investment Society (InvestSoc) kicked off a packed schedule of annual events on 26 March with an online interview with UCT alumnus, businesswoman and anti-corruption activist Magda Wierzycka.
In intensive care with severe COVID-19 and double pneumonia, Gao Nodoba, a lecturer in the School of Management Studies sensed patients on one side of his cubicle had died. The curtains were drawn and all was quiet. For the first time during his marathon 20 days in the intensive care unit (ICU), when his blood oxygen levels dropped to 30%, he was afraid.
Four UCT students, the most from any competing institution globally, have won generous grants in the Schmidt Futures’ global Reimagine Challenge 2020. They are Julian Kanjere (Commerce), Rowyn Naidoo (Engineering & the Built Environment), Lerato Motaung (Law) and Dr Muzzammil Ismail (Health Sciences).
The School of Management Studies launched an open source textbook that introduces first-year students to marketing but with a lens on the local marketplace. It uses local case studies and approaches theory in a localised way. Marketing to South African Consumers developer-in-chief, Dr James Lappeman, the head of projects at the UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing, spoke about their transformational approach with UCT News.
Why do people watch movies and documentaries about murder? What is it that intrigues them about the genre? Is there an evolutionary element to it? Voyeurism? Or is it about survival? During his two-day Summer School lecture, “Murderers: We can’t take our eyes off them”, Gilad Stern, a management consultant and lecturer in the School of Management Studies, drew on expert research and provided his views to begin answering these questions.
A comprehensive new e-library focusing on tobacco taxation and illicit trade has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Knowledge Hub at the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) in the School of Economics. A project two-and-a-half-years in the making, it is set to be a valuable resource for students, researchers and policymakers across the globe.
Just three months before graduation season was due to begin, the UCT community received an In Remembrance notice with devastating news: 42-year-old Mike Abia, who was studying towards a PhD in information systems, had passed away after being ill for some time. His wife, Shuvai Abia, will accept the degree, which is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, on his behalf.
Millicent Agangiba, a PhD in Information Systems student, was four years old when she was diagnosed with polio – this altered the trajectory of her life. She underwent years of medical treatment, and while her condition improved significantly, her mobility remained a challenge.
When Tshediso Mahange, a BBusSc in Finance student, was just 13 years old, he had endured years of emotional and mental abuse at the hands of his stepfather. That’s when he made a life-altering decision: the teenager decided to pack his bags and move out of the house. With nowhere to go and no one to support him, he moved into a tiny informal structure not far from his former home.
Linda Ronnie’s promotion to full professor marks a turning point for the Faculty of Commerce. Professor Ronnie, who is the faculty dean, is the first woman of colour to achieve this rank. While she’s delighted and honoured to have her peers validate her scholarly contributions to the academy, the news of her promotion is a reminder that there is still far to go in transforming the professoriate.