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UCT researchers honoured at ‘Oscars of science’
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 - 09:45

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.

New open source textbook focuses on local trade environment
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - 10:30

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.

What fascinates us about murder?
Mon, 01 Feb 2021 - 15:45

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.

UCT tobacco taxation e-library a world first
Mon, 01 Feb 2021 - 15:15

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.

‘Graduation would have meant a mission accomplished’
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 - 09:15

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.

‘This one’s for you, dad’
Fri, 11 Dec 2020 - 10:00

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.

Dodging life as a gangster in pursuit of education
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 - 23:30

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: from high school rebel to professor
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 - 09:30

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.

New UCT fellows’ crucible moments
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 - 10:30

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. 

COVID-19 could ‘derail’ gender-equality progress in SA’s labour market
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 - 10:15

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. 

Lockdown: ‘redefining moment’ for student’s start-up
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 - 10:15

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”.

Student start-up gives peers ‘wings’ to fly
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 - 10:15

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.