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Graduation: Faculty of Business and Management Sciences Official start: December 10 @ 7:00 pm. Duration: 2h 30m


Modelling Africa out of poverty requires understanding in its historical, social, political and economic contexts as it is multidimensional and difficult to measure.

Two outstanding CPUT researchers have been selected as finalists in the NSTF-South32 Awards, known as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa.

The new Research Chair of CPUT’s Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology (IBMB) plans to take the institute to the next level over the next five years.

Three CPUT students have started a commercial enterprise that seeks to bridge the gap between the public and private healthcare systems by focusing on innovative solutions to transform primary healthcare services.

Big data refers to the use of data analytics to extract relevant information out of large-scale data sets which have become available due to advancements in data transmission and sensor technology.

Today (21 November) marks four years since the launch of CPUT’s TshepisoSAT (code named ZACUBE-1) from Yasny Launch Base in Russia.

Prof Chux Gervase Iwu, Acting Assistant Dean: Research & Innovation in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, has added another feather to his cap after a collaborative research team he leads walked away with this year’s Emerald African Management Research Fund Award.

Iwu was recently presented with a certificate and funding for their research project entitled, “The wholesale-retail nexus: An assessment of the role of immigrant African wholesalers in the development of the retail entrepreneurship in South Africa”.

Iwu has won numerous accolades for his outstanding research work and has presented papers at many international conferences.

“Considering that I have received almost similar awards in the past, it sort of validates the necessity of researching emerging economies' socioeconomic matters.”

Emerald Publishing was founded in 1967 to champion new ideas that advance the research and practice of business and management. It manages a portfolio of nearly 300 journals, more than 2 500 books and over 1 500 teaching cases.

Emerald supports researchers through its awards programme which includes various research fund awards among others.

In addition to teaching entrepreneurship to students, Iwu is also assembling a team to gather data for the project.

“It makes me feel good that people are acknowledging the value of immigrant/migrant focused research so that we can start debunking the myths that immigrants are here to take people’s jobs and wives,” he jokingly adds.

“But seriously, the characterisation of migrants as desperate, dirty and dangerous (the infamous 3D euphemism) by the International Labour Organisation seems to represent indigenes' overall perceptions of the average migrant.

“And we can't say that the ill-treatment of immigrants by locals, and please note that this is not unique to South Africa, is not a reflection of the anxiety of locals. So, the value of this study is such that the reader gets to know that immigrants actually add value to mainstream socioeconomic dynamics of any nation.”