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.
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.
Every year, the UCT’s Council awards UCT Fellowships, which recognise members of permanent academic staff for original and distinguished academic work that merits special recognition. Congratulations to Dr Haroon Bhorat, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) for being awarded a UCT Fellowship in 2020.
Decades of work and hard-won gains into achieving gender equality in the labour market in South Africa could be derailed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is according to a research paper by the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the School of Economics.
For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown has taken grit and determination. For Tiang Moabelo, a BCom Accounting student and founder of the start-up LoadALot, the past seven months have been a “redefining moment”.
It’s all systems go as UCT’s three regional Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition winners gear up for the national final later this month. And Ndabenhle Ntshangase – a final-year BCom Economics student and the co-founder of the student-centred travel business AirStudent – is polishing his pitching skills in preparation for the big day.
Developed by senior UCT students, tech projects and innovations that aim to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems were on display at the 2020 School of IT Showcase this week. The School of IT merges the innovative, technological and multidisciplinary capacities and knowledge of the faculties of Science, Commerce and Humanities. And the annual show-and-tell offers students an opportunity to showcase their best work.
Teacher, thought leader, policy influencer and founding director: these are some of the words that come to mind when one thinks of Professor Alan Hirsch. And these are certainly part of the legacy he leaves at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance when he retires on 31 December 2020.
Gender disparity in actuarial science at universities and in the workplace is a larger issue than number parity. Women are essential role models in a field lagging in representation. They also offer vital perspectives in a world where bias often undermines women in the design of everything – from healthcare products to pension benefits. Student-led Femmeact is working to change that.