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.
The University of Cape Town’s Winter School offers over thirty short courses across a range of disciplines. Winter School 2021 will be delivered online, which means that participants can join this flagship programme from anywhere in the world.
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.