The real state of the nation: study the data
10 March, 2018
To honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy of a better life for all, President Cyril Ramaphosa will need to look at hard data on the state of the nation, Samantha Richmond wrote in Business Day recently. Richmond is senior operations manager at the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), implemented by UCT’s Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).
All eyes are on President Cyril Ramaphosa to see if he can deliver on the promises made in his inaugural State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month. After months of political uncertainty, the ship – as Trevor Manual put it after the address – finally appears to have a captain at its helm. For the first time in 10 years, there is hope that South Africa may now be able to go somewhere.
Since Ramaphosa’s narrow victory at the ANC's elective conference at Nasrec in December, the new leadership of the ruling party has hinted at adopting new policies that are noticeably more radical. The SONA took this further, outlining several bold new approaches and affirming the government’s commitment to “radical economic transformation”.
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Researching affirmative action at UCT
06 March, 2018
A study by researchers from the University of Cape Town on the hotly debated issue of affirmative action has shown that the university’s policies have a substantial impact on the racial distribution of who is offered a place at the university.
The paper, titled “Estimating the size and impact of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at the University of Cape Town”, was recently published in the South African Journal of Economics.
Lead researcher Andrew Kerr from DataFirst in the Faculty of Commerce; Patrizio Piraino, associate professor at UCT’s School of Economics; and Vimal Ranchhod, the deputy director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) looked into various sources of data to estimate the extent and targeting of affirmative action at UCT.
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Cybersecurity: Our shared responsibility
27 September, 2017
The internet has changed the way in which our world works. It has opened doors to information, people and communication. Unfortunately, it has also allowed criminal elements to enter our lives more easily.
South Africa loses an estimated R5.8 billion a year to cybercrime. In 2016 the Norton Report placed the country third highest out of 24 countries surveyed with regards to the effects of cybercrime. In the wake of international cybersecurity incidents such as the WannaCry virus, people are becoming increasingly vigilant of their online risks and more aware of their cyber safety.
October is Cybersecurity Month. This annual global campaign aims to raise awareness around cybersecurity issues, as well as educate the public about staying safe online. While UCT’S Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) has run this drive for the past five years, this year it is being run on campus by the newly formed Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT).
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