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17 July, 2018


School of Economics
Faculty of Commerce

The School of Economics in the Faculty of Commerce under the auspices of the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) funded by the Department of Higher Education is seeking to make a permanent appointment of a black South African at the Lecturer level in the field of Economic Development. This appointment will be made in terms of the purposes expressed in the Staffing South African Universities Framework (SSAUF). For more information on the nGAP programme see

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Decent work a driver for sustainable lives
14 June, 2018

The new South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Creation of Decent Work and Sustainable Livelihood has been awarded to organisational psychologist Associate Professor Ines Meyer. Her work takes a ‘humanomics’ view of a living wage in society.

One of three holders of a SARChI Chair in the Faculty of Commerce, Meyer’s new position will support the National Development Plan Priority Areas.For the past three and a half years Meyer’s research has explored the living wage as a means of fulfilling United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, and the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Decent Work Agenda.

The ILO first developed a normative concept of decent work in their 1999 Decent Work Agenda. The concept was defined along four pillars: Rights at Work, Fostering Employment, Social Protection and Social Dialogue. Plainly put, decent work is generally accepted as work which respects human dignity, secures an adequate livelihood, supports individuals and their families to fully develop their capacities and talents, and is a unifying interest shared globally.

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Advancing Africa’s inequalities agenda
18 May, 2018

UCT has launched the African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research (ACEIR), under the banner of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

“When the call for ARUA’s centres of excellence was published last year, we at UCT felt that we should use it as an opportunity to respond to our strategic plan and vision of being inclusive, engaged and African,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng in her introduction to the two-day launch workshop.

This, the first such centre of excellence, seeks to consolidate and magnify the efforts of African universities as they relate to poverty and inequalities research, with a mind to informing policy and advancing civil society action.

ACEIR is one of 13 planned ARUA centres, each addressing a research theme aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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