With COVID-19 restrictions rendering it impossible to host graduation ceremonies in person, UCT honoured 1 707 graduates from the Faculty of Commerce in a virtual ceremony at 18h00 on Monday, 12 July 2021, with musical performances and social media elements created to add some fun and excitement. We congratulate the July 2021 graduates on their academic success during an exceptionally challenging year.
Fairwork, a collaborative project involving the Department of Information Systems in the School of IT, released its third report on work in the gig economy in South Africa on 8 July 2021. The report presents a set of scores that evaluates gig economy platforms such as Uber, SweepSouth and Mr D Food against a set of fair work standards. UCT’s partners on Fairwork are the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester.
UCT researchers have published findings from a study investigating the feasibility of a minimum unit price (MUP) on alcohol, aimed at reducing the prevalence of heavy drinking. Professor Corné van Walbeek, the director of the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) in the School of Economics, and Dr Grieve Chelwa, an economist and senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Business conducted the study.
The Youth Explorer portal, an initiative of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the School of Economics aims to understand the “multiple deprivations” that young people in South Africa face. The optimised portal now lists basic services such as healthcare facilities, learning institutions and labour centres relevant to young people in the country.
An excellent academic, an astute teacher and an outstanding leader with salient characteristics – that’s how colleagues and friends described Professor Linda Ronnie, outgoing dean of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Commerce. Professor Ronnie stepped down in November 2020, and her tenure at the helm of the faculty ended officially on 30 June 2021.
A total of 28 members (past and present) of the UCT community have earned a deserved spot on the Mail & Guardian’s (M&G) annual 200 Young South Africans list, demonstrating that they are frontrunners for change in the country and innovators in their respective fields. Congratulations to all winners, including the following from Commerce Nabeelah Kolia, Mulalo Nemataheni, Lilitha Mahlati, Nadine Arnold, Grant Edmond, Ziyanda Stuurman, Karabo Malahleha, Noluvuyo Gqadu and Lebogang Diale.
Up-and-coming UCT student entrepreneurs pulled out all the stops to showcase their business talents, impressing judges during the internal round of the Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition. The winners were announced on Friday, 11 June, and eight budding entrepreneurs (two per category) will proceed to the regional leg of the competition later this year. UCT’s top student entrepreneurs will go head to head with their peers at Stellenbosch University, the University of the Western Cape, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the University of South Africa.
The University of Cape Town has been ranked 226th in the world by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2022. This position puts UCT among the top 18% of universities worldwide and is tied with Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany), the University of Sussex (United Kingdom) and the University of Virginia (United States).
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).