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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: Law - Prof Hugh Corder & Jessica Burn 
#51. Parents Learning Needs
Investigate how to provide learning opportunities to parents of the children in early childhood education. This involves qualitative assessment of a programme to address of the needs of the parents.
Submitted by: Ikamva Labantu
UCT partners: Psychology - Dr Nokuthula Shabalala & Alex Stevenson
#94.1. Reasons for dropping out of school
Understand the ultimate reasons for Philippi children not completing school.
Submitted by: Amandla Dev
UCT partners: 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 Comm. Sciences & Disorders – A/Professor Harsha Kathard, Maaliyah Orrie & Prianka Parus
#128. Gendered experience of male sex workers
Self-identification & peculiarities of male sex workers, race, class.
Submitted by: SWEAT
UCT partners: Psychology – Dr Shose Kessi, A/Professor Floretta Boonzaier & Simone Peters and Gender Studies – Dr Adelene Africa, Jan-Louise Lewin
# 131. Curriculum for Sisters
Help develop & offer training to women wanting to leave prostitution
#155. Job readiness
Assess trainees' perceptions of a work preparedness programme. What other skills do they need to find jobs?
Submitted by: Afrika Tikkun
UCT partners: Computer Sciences  –  Dr Melissa Densmore, Grace Jegede
#162. NGO networking model
Assess impact on community wellness as NGOs network with each other & Government departments; identify strategies for networking
Submitted by: Living Hope
UCT partners: Social Development – Dr Khosi Kubeka & Kathleen Richardson
#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
#230. Website development
Develop website for NGO
Submitted by: Sakha Isizwe
UCT partners: Information Systems (HOCIP) - L Brodie
#235. Documenting stories of LGBTI abuse
Document and analyse stories of members of LGBTI support groups using PhotoVoice.
Submitted by: Triangle Project
UCT partners: Psychology - Professor Floretta Boonzaier and Sorrel Pitcher
#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
#244. University perceptions and stressors
Perceptions of universities for Tertiary Support Programme students: challenges, opportunities, stressors & supports?
Submitted by: SAEP
UCT partners: Sociology – Dr Shannon Morreira and Derin Adebulehin
#246. Cost-benefit of bridging year
Analysis of costs and benefits of extended degree and bridging year programmes Identify determinants (success factors) for a successful sustainable community development. 
Submitted by: SAEP
UCT partners: Social Anthropology-Nikiwe Solomon, Brogan Dietrich
#265. Social benefits of gardening
Research the impact that (food) gardening has on the mental well-being of people and the contribution its makes towards Social Cohesion. 
Submitted by: SEED
UCT partners: Environmental & Geographical Sciences – Dr Shari Daya and Lanielle Hartzenberg
#269.2. Computer Literacy Training for Matric Learners
Basic computer literacy skills for Matric Learners at Usasazo Secondary school
Submitted by: Schools Improvement Initiative
UCT partners: Information Systems –  Zinzi Villo, R Kyobe, S Booi, I Mpinda
#275.2 Computer literacy
Assisting students and staff with skills to use new It platform.
Submitted by: TSiBA
UCT partners: Information Systems (HOCIP) – T Byaruhanga, L Rosario, M Huggins, Q Tabo
#281.1 Website updating
Assist the Knowledge Co-op with website updates and uploading of information.
Submitted by: UCT Knowledge Co-op
UCT partners: Information Systems (HOCIP) – M Ncube
#292.1 Improve pack shed work flow


Suggest changes to maximize efficiency in a vegetable packing facility. Create a flow of the packing system and estimate costs of improvements.
Submitted by: Harvest of Hope
UCT partners: Architecture - Dr Tom Sanya, A Khan, N Sibisi, O Suhootoorah, L Honde, A le Sueur, G Alexander, C McCormack
#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
# 321. Real cost of decent sanitation
Establish cost-benefit of water and sanitation improvements in townships; case study approach and conceptual model
Submitted by: PEP 


#336. Tutor at coding class


Tutor at coding classes on Saturdays, weekdays or during a holiday camp
Submitted by: Code4CT
UCT partners: Information Systems (HOCIP) – S Parker
#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


#395. Washing facility for street people


Design a facility where street people can use a toilet, shower, do laundry. Possibly also locker space.
Submitted by: Observatory Civic Association
UCT partners: Architecture - Dr Tom Sanya, K Hans , L Nkiwane, T van Graan
# 398. IT skills training
Teach basic computer skills – Scratch, Excel, Word at VCC; technical support to centre.
Submitted by: Vrygrond Computer Lab
UCT partners:Information Systems (HOCIP) Y Seedat, B Alves, A Aboobaker, S Coovadia, R Parker, R Piaray, D Jankelow, G O'Donohue
# 408. Website training
Develop plans for parts of the school grounds to make it more friendly, green and usable.
Submitted by: NOAH
UCT partners: Information Systems (HOCIP) - J Scott, D Hamlall


# 409. Art classes


Art classes for the elderly
Submitted by: Code4CT
UCT partners: Architecture - Dr Tom Sanya, S Piri, A Njegele, N Tshitenda
# 413. 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). Conclude with a test and certificate.
Submitted by: Home from Home
UCT partners:  Information Systems (HOCIP) - Z Roomaney, M Behardien, A Menze, M Ndlela
# 416. Website support
Set up a website and a sms system for easy, cheap messaging to parents
Submitted by: St James Primary School
UCT partners: Information Systems (HOCIP) - A Walton, B Coetzee

This table was updated in August 2017.