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.
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.
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.
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).
“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’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.