Graduation Pics

sun in my eye

Dad, Me, Mom

Me, after the ceremony

Class of 2010 :)

UCT emblem


  1. Don’t pay any mind to the second question. I just finished reading the “About Me” section.

    I also purposely procrastinate. Love the adrenaline rush that comes with pressure. Have you noticed how most people are unable to function under pressure? Very few people are able to focus when they’re squeezed. Consider yourself genetically endowed.


  2. I’m ashamed to say I have no clue how many Chinese students study at UCT :( I know the black/white ratio is roughly 50:50. If I had to guesstimate, I’d say out of +/- 25 000 undergraduates, maybe 300 are Chinese? Plus, I remember when I filled out the race profile in my application form, there wasn’t an option for “Asian/Oriental”. So I don’t think the university keeps record of the Oriental population heh.

    Thanks for commenting! (And yes, quite a number of people buckle under pressure. So glad I’m not one of them :P)


  3. This publication discusses the methodology and results of a study regarding African and non-African students in SA:

    I read it a few years ago and wanted to ask a South African whether the results are generally accepted, generally unaccepted, or generally unknown in the African academic arena. I had a friend who was South African, and because he’s black I never had the courage to ask him about the overall sentiment regarding the findings of the study.

    I would really appreciate it if you could offer some insight of SA regarding the findings of the publication.


  4. Interesting publication! I think people are aware that blacks tend to under perform in many instances; but in a country where 80% of the population are black and where the ruling party is black, they’re not going to discriminate against their own kind.

    Universities in SA are public, which means constant pressure from the government to transform. Historically white universities are encouraged to take in disadvantaged learners just so they can be on an even keel with the whites. The bar is constantly being lowered to accommodate those who otherwise would not have gotten accepted at a tertiary institution. UCT’s health sciences faculty for example, has different enrollment criteria depending on one’s race. Africans/Coloureds need the least amount of points to qualify whereas Indians/Chinese need a little bit more and Whites need the most. So you end up with masses dropping out of university because they shouldn’t have been there in the first place, and the ones who get capped usually aren’t that good either. When these poorly qualified graduates enter the job pool, companies *have* to take them (sometimes ahead of more qualified persons) because they need to conform to BBBEE (

    So to answer your question, I’m sure many people in academia know about and agree with the findings; the problem is it’s much harder to convince the people at the top that selectivity is a good thing when they’re so focused on fixing past (Apartheid-era) mistakes.


  5. I appreciate you for taking the time to respond.

    Looks like you may have a bit of time on your hands after graduation. I’d recommend you read “IQ and the Wealth of Nations” by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen to add use to your leisure. The book adds more depth and practicality to the information provided by the study on the students of the U. of Witwatersrand.


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