Building a good credit record while studying towards a degree is virtually impossible. Yet, it’s a fundamental requirement for life after university. Because Fleeker Finance understands this, the student-led registered credit provider has centred its innovative business model around it. Headed by Asonele Gevenga, a final-year BCom student, the business allows students to borrow small amounts of cash at a nominal interest rate of 2% per month. This enables students to build a healthy credit record while at university.
According to a new analysis by the UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing in the School of Management Studies, many South African households face significant financial strain. As South Africa recently passed its 500th day of COVID-19‑related restrictions, many consumers still struggle to make ends meet. Using data from the National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS‑CRAM) surveys, the UCT Liberty Institute examined the impact on jobs and income across the economic spectrum.
Ziyanda Stuurman is a policy manager at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in the School of Economics. She turns academic research into blueprints for actionable policies for the betterment of all stakeholders. In her book, Can we be safe? The Future of Policing in South Africa, published by Tafelberg in June 2021, Stuurman unpacks the complex and fraught history of policing, courts and prisons in the country.
Moved and frustrated by the pain and hopelessness women expressed during the 2019 gender‑based violence (GBV) protests at UCT, Business Science student Karabo Malahleha knew he had to do something. Asikhulumeni, a GBV education programme, was born from that moment. Asikhulumeni (a non-profit organisation) means ‘Let’s talk’ – and the programme does just that: it starts conversations on GBV with 12- to 19‑year‑olds. Malahleha works with fellow UCT students and co‑directors Alex Pottinger, a BSc student and Sizolwethu (Sizo) Buthelezi, who is studying towards a BCom.