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You’ve been a refuge for the poor
14 June, 2016

Have your hearts on fire and your brains on ice. This was the message Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson left graduands with after he was conferred with an honorary doctorate at the morning ceremony on 14 June 2016.

Some 380 Commerce graduands were capped at the eighth ceremony of a bumper June graduation week and the audience was treated to an address by one of the stalwarts of their discipline. Wilson rose to the podium to share some of the insights he’d gained from a lifetime of studying, and fighting exploitative labour practices, poverty and inequality.


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Big dreams bear fruit
10 June, 2016

When Sibusiso Pinky Sibindi was still in Grade 11, she participated in the making of a Dutch documentary about five South African children. The film was called Leaving Mandela Park and looked at how music and dance could help them to overcome their circumstances.

Pinky was chosen because she was a dancer – the others were a rapper, a violinist, an opera singer and a drummer. The documentary followed their day-to-day lives at home, in school and in their communities and focused in particular on their dreams.

When Pinky graduates, the documentary makers will be there again to record her achievement, although in a discipline some might suggest is as far from the arts as is possible.

On 15 June 2016 Pinky graduates with an honours in accounting, and she has set her sights on becoming a chartered accountant – just one more step on the road to achieving her dreams.


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Own your story’ says BCom graduate Rosy Mudzanani
08 June, 2016

Despite living through many hardships while growing up in Limpopo, including being orphaned at seven and losing her only sister in her final year of study, Rosy Mudzanani completed her BCom degree in economics and finance at UCT at the end of 2015.

She is currently doing her BCom honours in financial analysis and portfolio management at UCT.

“Last year in March, my sister passed away … Last year was also my final year, but I told myself that I have to graduate, because I have a lot of people who are looking up to me,” says Rosy. “But I’m grateful for all the challenges that I went through because I would never be where I am today if it was easy. If it was easy, you would never be thankful.”


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