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UCT degree, “a ticket to employment”

Careers service findings reveal that UCT degree provides greater employment opportunities for graduates

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This is according to careers service survey findings, which revealed that more than half of the recent University of Cape Town (UCT) graduates have found jobs in the private sector, and one in five are earning more than R20,000 a month.

According to the results of the Quacquarelli Symonds graduate employability rankings, UCT sits top in Africa and in 18th position globally.

Results reveal that around 53% of graduates were working in the private sector, 20% in the public sector and 6% at non-government organisations.

23 % of the institutions’ students were recorded to be earning between R20,000 and R30,000, 16.14% between R15,001 and R20,000, and 5.21% between R5,001 and R7 000.

According to UCT, around 80% of the institutions’ class of 2018 was “meaningfully occupied”, with 44% employed, 31% studying further and nearly 4% self-employed.

A large percentage of students who employed are from the Faculty of Health Sciences, making up 70% and these are medical students. Faculty of Law follows with (63%) of its students employed and with just 11% of 2018 graduates were still seeking work.

Careers service acting director Nawaal Boolay said, “We continue to support these graduates through our online job portal, [one-on-one] career consultations, job expos, and career development workshops,” she said. “Graduates have access to our service for up to three years after graduating.”

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Nelson Mandela Day: Uniting to make a difference

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City Waldorf, other student accommodations, social work students from various institutions, and the community of Hillbrow visited the orphanage which houses displaced children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, abandoned and neglected children in the South Africa.

The children were offered food, toys, basic necessities and their orphanage was painted, this was all done through the collaboration of student accommodations, University and high school students, the community including “Spurs” which donated food to the orphanage.

Let us help make everyday a Nelson Mandela day by helping orphanages like “Malaika orphanage centre” to give children a better life, out of the streets, better shelters, help them to go to sleep with a full stomach and allow them have a childhood full of greater unforgettable memories.

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ARVs to be made available for Wits, UJ and TUKS students

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, first institution in south Africa to have Antiretrovirals (ARVs) available for students at their student health care facilities.

Other institution such as Wits, Tuks and the UJ are following in same steps, taking the same initiative to ensure that students have access to ARVs and the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill. 

It was reported that these institutions are currently in talks with the Gauteng Department of Health, which has to evaluate the institutions’ health care facilities as well as accredit them. Only after this process will these universities start rolling out the treatment to its students.

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Gauteng Premier envisions a Gauteng where young people are digital savvy

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The Gauteng premier, David Makhura delivered his State of the Province Address yesterday at the University of Johannesburg, SOWETO on Monday.

Taking that the youth unemployment rate was higher in the first quarter irrespective of the educational level, with a record of 52% of the youth aged between (15-24) unemployed, and among graduates in this age group, the unemployment rate is 31%.

During his speech, he took time to touch on the subject of Youth unemployment, promising the youth of Gauteng that 1 million young people will be equipped digital skills in a bid to make Gauteng the silicon valley of Africa.

He mentioned that this was to get South Africa’s youth ready and equipped to be compatible with the fourth industrial revolution.

Another concern has been the number of people in South Africa living with HIV, with young women making up the largest percentage of people within the country living with HIV.

“Our HIV and Aids programme will target specifically young women because that’s where increases on HIV infections are happening.”

Makhura further stated that, the province will ensure that services including infrastructure and maintenance will be made accessible for the youth.

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