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Faculty of Commerce student sends note of thanks for donations to UCT Fire Relief Fund via his inspiring organisation
Mon, 31 May 2021 - 15:45

University of Cape Town Faculty of Commerce student Luke Mackie, who is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Business Science in Economics degree is also dedicated to making positive change in his spare time and co-founded Millennium Fundraising. A company created for social good, which recently thanked its generous donors for their contributions to the UCT Fire Relief Fund.

Africa Day symposium: harness Africa’s youth dividend
Thu, 27 May 2021 - 12:30

The youth-centred symposium was hosted by the APRM and the African Union (AU) in collaboration with the University of Cape Town and The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. The next day marked the 58th annual commemoration of Africa Day, which celebrates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now the AU), in 1963.

Tackling youth unemployment: What works, what doesn't
Thu, 27 May 2021 - 12:30

Youth unemployment is one of South Africa’s most intractable challenges, made worse by COVID-19. Before the pandemic the unemployment rate (including people who had given up looking for work) was just under 70% for people aged 15 to 24.

Drones used to assess UCT fire damage
Thu, 27 May 2021 - 12:15

State-of-the-art drone technology is being employed at UCT to assess the extent of damage caused by the wildfire that raged through parts of upper and middle campus on Sunday, 18 April. “There are a number of parties who are interested in this data,” said Dr Walter Uys, the co-founder with Dr Sumarie Roodt – of the Tech4Good Lab, in the School of Information Technology (IT).

Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee presents ‘Good economics for hard times’
Thu, 27 May 2021 - 12:15

“Good economics for hard times” against the backdrop of COVID-19 was the topic of the first 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) Open Lecture, presented by Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. The virtual event was hosted in partnership with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Africa, based in the School of Economics. 

UCT remains among top 1.4% of universities globally
Mon, 03 May 2021 - 09:45

This ranking places UCT first in South Africa and on the continent, and among the top 1.4% of universities globally. This year, the Center for World University Rankings, ranked 19 788 institutions.

UCT undergrad places second in national budget speech competition
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 - 11:30

Fourth-year Economics student Adrian Joseph was recently announced as the first runner-up in the 2020 Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition in the undergraduate category.

Magda Wierzycka kicks off full InvestSoc programme
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 - 11:00

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.

‘You make peace with pain’
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 - 13:00

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.

UCT students scoop lion’s share of Reimagine Challenge accolades
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 - 13:15

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).

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.