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Thursday, 28 January 2021
‘Graduation would have meant a mission accomplished’

Just three months before graduation season was due to begin, the UCT community received an In Remembrance notice with devastating news: 42-year-old Mike Abia, who was studying towards a PhD in information systems, had passed away after being ill for some time. His wife, Shuvai Abia, will accept the degree, which is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, on his behalf.

Publication Date:
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 - 09:15
‘This one’s for you, dad’

Millicent Agangiba, a PhD in Information Systems student, was four years old when she was diagnosed with polio – this altered the trajectory of her life. She underwent years of medical treatment, and while her condition improved significantly, her mobility remained a challenge.

Publication Date:
Fri, 11 Dec 2020 - 10:00
Dodging life as a gangster in pursuit of education

When Tshediso Mahange, a BBusSc in Finance student, was just 13 years old, he had endured years of emotional and mental abuse at the hands of his stepfather. That’s when he made a life-altering decision: the teenager decided to pack his bags and move out of the house. With nowhere to go and no one to support him, he moved into a tiny informal structure not far from his former home. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 - 23:30
Linda Ronnie: from high school rebel to professor

Linda Ronnie’s promotion to full professor marks a turning point for the Faculty of Commerce. Professor Ronnie, who is the faculty dean, is the first woman of colour to achieve this rank. While she’s delighted and honoured to have her peers validate her scholarly contributions to the academy, the news of her promotion is a reminder that there is still far to go in transforming the professoriate.

Publication Date:
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 - 09:30