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Current Projects


So far 516 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 160 have already been Completed.

Listed below are projects that are currently underway.

Project Name
Project Description 


#38. Participatory evaluation



Participatory evaluation of CRC to assess its impact
Submitted by: Children's Resource Centre
UCT partners: Public Law - Prof Hugh Corder & Jessica Burn 
#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
#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 Richards
#163. Substance abuse rehab


Document and assess an out-patient substance abuse rehabilitation programme. Describe the approach and programme followed and assess the impact of the programme on its beneficiaries and the community.

 Submitted by: Living Hope
UCT partners: Public Health – A/Prof Chris Colvin, Portia Klaas  


#184.1. Khayelitsha Website Development 



Develop a website framework for showcasing Khayelitsha; collect data, and train youth to do updates.

Submitted by: WHIZZ ICT 
 UCT partners: Information Systems - Gwamaka Mwalemba, teams IT4U and Nyano


#192. IT training 



IT training of visually disabled beneficiaries using zoomtext software.

Submitted by: WC Albinism & Hypo-pigment Foundation
 UCT partners: Information Systems - T Mpofu & G Wamae
#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


#266.2. Computer Training for staff members



Basic computer literacy skills for staff members - MS suite and internet.

Submitted by: Yabonga
 UCT partners: Information Systems -  I Solomon, D Achilles, K Katsidira, N Vilakazi, R Moyanga.


#269.1. Computer Literacy Training 



Basic computer literacy skills - MS suite and internet for Matric Learners

Submitted by: Schools Improvement Initiative
UCT partners: Information Systems - S Simelane, I Mjada, M Ntuli, S Tolom.


#281.3. Website updating



Assist with website updates, uploading of information and Excel functionality.

Submitted by: UCT Knowledge Co-op
UCT partners: Information Systems - Dillon Woodman


#336.3. Tutor & support coding programme



Tutor at coding classes on Saturdays, and assist with coding-related projects

 Submitted by: Code4CT / Codespace
 UCT partners: Information Systems - K Premlall, W Mazvidza, K Pennington, L Lukusa, A Mayet
#371. Effectiveness of tutoring for learners


Evaluate the effectiveness and/or impact of a non-profit tutoring programme for high school learners in Phillipi, considering significant factors.
Submitted by: SAEP
UCT partners: Organisational Psychology - Dr Chao Mulenga, Erwin Miyoba
#376. Law enforcement across levels of governance


Investigate the relationships between entities involved with upholding the law: building community resilience to crime; community perceptions on what works for effective lobbying for safety; legal frameworks required for that.
Submitted by: Councillor, Ward 64
UCT partners: Safety and Violence Initiative/Criminology - Mr Guy Lamb, Oliver Ndou
# 381. Services for homeless


Needs assessment: Are the services MES provides for homeless persons in the different areas in the Northern suburbs appropriate to the needs of the target population.

Submitted by: MES

UCT partners: Social Development Dr Khosi Kubeka & Mapendo Jolie Mauridi
#392. Determinants for community development


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

#408.2. Spreadsheet formulation


One-on-one Excel skills training for staff.

Submitted by: NOAH

 UCT partners: Information Systems - Sasha Chiketsani

#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: Organisational Psychology - A/Prof Sarah Chapman & Thomas Guattari-Stafford


#437. Sanitary pads for schools

Study the impact of providing sanitary pads to teenage girls on their schooling attendance and outcomes.

Submitted by: Living Hope

UCT partners: Social Anthropology - Prof Fiona Ross, Nicole Bento


#438. Policy for participation



Research to support Community-driven policy initiatives for participation at local government level:  map out how participation is structured in different sectors; identify cases of bad and good practice. Desktop review & interviews.

Submitted by: Citizen Action for Public Participation
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Chance Chagunda, Dahlia Patsika


#451.1. Smartphone Repair Training



Identify relevant unit standards for our Smartphone Repair training (based on 2018 input).  Assist an IT centre in Khayelitsha to align its training manual with accreditation requirements.

Submitted by: WHIZZ ICT
UCT partners: Information Systems - Gwamaka Mwalemba, teams Revolution and Family Guys
#452. Adherence to medication


Assess the adherence of elderly persons to medications and use of assisted devices.

Submitted by: NOAH

UCT partners: Health Innovation and Design Division of Biometrical Engineering - Dr Nailah Conrad and Tinashe Mutsvangwa and MPhil class

#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

#457. Benefits of Montessori pre-schooling


Assess the value of attending a Montessori pre-school, with Grade R based on the CAPS curriculum, for disadvantaged children in the Cape Flats. Identify possible factors for any benefits.

Submitted by: Phillipi Children's Centre

UCT partners: Organisational Psychology - Ms Adiilah Boodhoo, Amosse Ubisse

#458. Substance abuse and young people


Quantitative study of the prevalence of substance abuse (alcohol, dagga, tik) among children and young people (aged 8 - 18)in Ocean View Assess the need for teenage rehab.

Submitted by: Living Hope

UCT partners: Ms Sophia Allie, Micaela Tedder, Jadene du Preez, Fiona Gie, Jessica Clark, Jessica Holmes, Caitlin Stott, Thaakirah Ismail, Imrah Isaacs, Ashleigh Fagan, Stacey Jacobs, Brittany Watkins-Baker.


#466. Traffic congestion in Obs



Suburb wide situation analysis of current traffic conditions & design a traffic plan for Observatory to alleviate congestion.

Submitted by: Observatory Civic Association

UCT partners: Information Systems - Gwamaka Mwalemba, teams Balcony and Penta


#474. Changes in fynbos harvesting



Analyse how species utilization has changed for the harvesting of wild fynbos products between 2006 and 2015; use packshed invoice records.

Submitted by: Flower Valley Conservation Trust

UCT partners: Economics – Prof Beatrice Conradie, Matthew Fainman


#484. Mental health of cancer survivors 



Assessment of mental health outcomes of cancer survivors staying at CANSA care homes.

Submitted by: CANSA
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Chance Chagunda, Danielle Mutseriwa


#518. Database on homelessness 



Develop a database for data on homelessness in Observatory using Open source software and an Intake form for collecting data.

Submitted by: Observatory Improvement District

UCT partners: Information Systems - Gwamaka Mwalemba, teams SALT and Cape Analytica

This table was updated in April 2019.