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Tips for teaching business ethics
24 July, 2019

The toxic spill from State Capture and the Steinhoff saga has underscored the importance of business ethics. But how do you teach ethics to commerce students wired for hard facts and figures? Associate Professor Jimmy Winfield explored possibilities at the recent 2019 Teaching and Learning Conference.

Speaking at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) recent annual conference, Winfield shared some of the lessons learnt during his 10 years of teaching the course, which is mandatory for commerce undergraduates. He was quick to give credit for the course’s successes to the entire business ethics teaching team.

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UCT’s ‘Young Mandelas’
18 July, 2019

University of Cape Town (UCT) staff, students and alumni feature prominently on the second News24’s 100 Young Mandelas of the Future list, flying the flag high for the institution in 2019.

According to Adriaan Basson, News24ʼs editor-in-chief, these 100 young people, chosen from hundreds more nominations, remind South Africans that the characteristics which former president Nelson Mandela embodied – compassion, creativity, leadership, vision and resilience – are still thriving today.

The news site launched the 100 Young Mandelas list in 2018, to coincide with the centenary of Mandela’s birth.

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Education gains in a ‘messy democracy’
18 July, 2019

Kenya’s budget for education is only one-fifth of South Africa’s and yet the country consistently out-performs South Africa on important education outcomes. Professor Brian Levy, academic director at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town (UCT), explains why this is the case and what it tells us about how to make progress in a ‘messy democracy’.

A tale of two provinces

“Politics is messy,” says Levy, “often, so is bureaucracy.”

Levy, who worked for the World Bank for 23 years and is now academic director at the Mandela School and professor of international development at Johns Hopkins University, is explaining why a narrowly technocratic approach to development is often not very useful.

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