The University of Cape Town (UCT) is taking another step in bridging the traditional divide between arts and commerce by introducing Information Systems as a major subject in the Faculty of Humanities. Information Systems is currently offered as a major in the institution’s Faculty of Commerce but will now also be offered to Humanities students studying subjects as diverse as linguistics, classical studies and history.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award by the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) of South Africa. These annual awards recognise the contribution of women in the fields of education, social entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Professor Phakeng is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Cape Town.
During the June vacation, nine members of the UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra visited Mozambique. They were hosted by well-known musician, teacher and UCT alumnus Matchume Zango. The trip was part of a cultural learning exchange initiated by the students, made possible by South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the South African College of Music and through student fundraising efforts.
Meg Rickard’s new gritty film ‘Tess’ is receiving rave reviews from the local and international film community. Adapted from Tracey Farren’s award winning novel ‘Whiplash’, the film tells the story of a 20-year old Muizenberg sex worker and drug addict whose life is turned upside down by an unexpected pregnancy and, sexual violence. Rickards is an award-winning South African filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cape Town.