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Current Projects


So far 350 project ideas have been submitted to the UCT Knowledge Co-op, since its start late in 2010.

A number of them have been matched to students or academics of which some are currently underway and 90 have already been Completed.

Listed below are projects that are currently underway projects are included in the table below.

Project Name
Project Description


#38. Participatory evaluation of CRC to assess its impact



Participatory evaluation of CRC to assess its impact
Submitted by: Children's Resource Centre
UCT partners: Public Law - Prof Hugh Corder & Jessica Burn 
#94.1. Reasons for dropping out of school


Understand the ultimate reasons for Philippi children not completing school.
Submitted by: Amandla Dev
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Khosi (Alvina) Kubeka and Lovemore Vushe


#116. Early Literacy Development


Impact of literacy and language development in Grade R classrooms
Submitted by: Wordworks
UCT partners: Division of Communication - Sciences & Disorders – A/Professor Harsha Kathard, Maaliyah Orrie & Prianka Parus


#130. Ageing out of Care


Preparing a cohort of 40 children to leave care at age 18. Write up current process and recommend improvement. 

Submitted by: Home from Home
UCT partners: Psychology – Dr Shose Kessi, Monica Goemans


#206. E-cigarettes: what do people think?


Determine the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs re e-cigarettes compared to normal ones
Submitted by:  CANSA
UCT partners: Social & Behavioural Sciences- Ms Alison Swartz, Phakani Mhazo


#236. Hate crimes against LGBTI


Document &/ analyse data on hate crimes against LGBTI persons. 
Submitted by: Triangle project
UCT partners: Public Law – A/Professor Julie Berg and Lynda Duffett


#239. Free Access to Helpline


Design means to access the helpline free of charge.

Submitted by:  Triangle Project 

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Zack Zornitta


#265. Social benefits of gardening


Research the impact that (food) gardening has on the mental well-being of people and the contribution it makes towards Social Cohesion. 
Submitted by: SEED
UCT partners: Environmental & Geographical Sciences – Dr Shari Daya and Lanielle Hartzenberg


#269.2 Computer Literacy for Learners


Basic computer literacy skills - MS suite and internet

Submitted by:  Schools Improvement Initiative
UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Philicia Behari, Nasiha Ally, Philip de Castro, Phozisa Qwemesha


#272 Social Media Training


Social Media training

Submitted by:  Children’s Resource Centre
UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Maggie Fok, Chama Devi Ramchurn, Kyle Flanegan


#281.2 Website updating


Assist the Knowledge Co-op with website updates and uploading of information.

Submitted by:  Knowledge Co-op

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Juliet Magagula


#296. Bees in the economy



Support a proposal for beekeeping training: establish a model for successful training of emerging bee-keepers.
Submitted by: Honeybee
UCT partners: Sociology - Dr Frank Matose and Lilly Musaya


#336. Tutor at Coding Classes


Tutor at coding classes on Saturdays, weekdays or during a holiday camp.

Submitted by:  Code4CT

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Tshiamo Motsoane, Lusanele Kumnandi Matola, Asongezwa Sitwebile, Shanay Paideya, Tokollo Noko, Fadzai Mupfunya, Ryan Tripod


#392. Determinants for community development


Identify determinants (success factors) for a successful sustainable community development
Submitted by: Habitat
UCT partners: Mechanical Engineering- Dr Corinne Shaw, John Onyeagoziri


#393. Walkable streets


Develop a design to bring life and safety to a street, preventing it from becoming a 'crime alley'.

Submitted by: Church Str community

UCT partners: Information Systems- Kouthar Dollie, Nathan Esra, Carryn Joseph, Mantombi Manqele, Pratish Dullabh, Vusumzi Malgas, Elvis Sabatane, Diya Seeburrun


#394.  Create visual advocacy tools re large developments in Obs


Create visual advocacy tools to reach Observatory residents re the implementation of the City’s densification policy which results in rapidly growing numbers of large developments in the area.

Submitted by: Observatory Civic Association
UCT partners: Information Systems - Khaleel Enderies, Victor Janhi, Suzan Mabusi, Dacod Magagula, Ducan Campbell, Adam Chin, Carlo Gomez, Muhammed Hassen


#400. Lived experience of homelessness


Use Photovoice to explore issues affecting people living on the street, e.g. drug use, difficulties of finding / staying in a job / other.

Submitted by:  Khulisa 

UCT partners: Psychology – Dr Shose Kessi, Carmen Fromke


#404. Is prostitution work?


Is prostitution regarded as 'work' by those selling sex? What are the reasons for their position? To inform advocacy.

Submitted by:  Embrace Dignity

 UCT partners: Sociology- Ms Bianca Tame & Colleen Gwazani


#408.1. Spreadsheet formulation


Formulate spreadsheets to keep updated costings and weekly updates for expenses and income for 8 social enterprises.

Submitted by:  NOAH

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Benson Joubert


#413. Offer IT Skills


Offer technical support to the office and teach IT skills to the Aging-out-of-care group (up to 10 per group). 
 Submitted by:  Home from Home
UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Nasir Bray,  Mubeen Hendricks  


#414. IT Skills Training


Teach basic IT skills to groups of teenagers in foster care or to the Aging-out-of-care group (up to 10 per group), and foster mothers. Conclude with a test and certificate.

Submitted by:  Home from Home

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Raeesa Behardien, Rayhaan Kagee


#421. Impact of nature camp on prejudice


Conduct a tracer study to assess if a Wilderness Immersion for diverse group of youth contributes toward changing previously held prejudices.

Submitted by:  Rim of Africa

 UCT partners: Sociology- Dr Frank Matose, Danielstar Okeyo


#425. Adherence to medication


Assess the adherence of elderly persons to medications and use of assistive devices.
 Submitted by: NOAH
 UCT partners: Human Biology- Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa, Dr Naila Conrad


#431. M&E of Youth Employment Programme


Develop a framework/tools for M&E to assess the impact of a programme using volunteering to prepare youth for jobs.
 Submitted by: Action Volunteers for Africa
 UCT Partners: Economics - Dr Cecil Mlatsheni & Mapaseka Setlhodi;
Organisational Psychology - A/Prof Sarah Chapman & Thomas Guattari-Stafford


#451. Support for mobile users


Advise on way to introduce courses on best use of smart phones for different target audiences, e.g. beginners, corporate. Context: an IT centre in Khayelitsha.

Submitted by:  Whizz ICT

UCT partners: Information Systems-  Anele Chila, Qocokazi Ngesi, Ismail Ebrahim, Siphosihle Simelane, Akhil Boddu, Thandolwethu Hlongwane, Winfreda Mazvidza, Kirsten Pennington, Kimone Premlall


#453. Domestic violence intervention services


Explore women’s perceived reasons for using domestic violence intervention services and their views about these services among women using MOSAIC services in Cape Town.

Submitted by: MOSAIC

UCT partners: Social Development- Ms Fatima Williams, Sarah Birungi


This table was updated in May 2018.