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A message from our Director, Brenda Martin

As confirmed by Stats SA in 2019, Youth aged 15–24 years are the most vulnerable in South Africa’s labour market. In the 1st quarter of 2019, the unemployment rate was 55.2% within this age group. The Graduate unemployment rate within this was 31%1. This confirms that Education remains key to greater prospects in the South African labour market. In addition, it is worth noting that the 2019 UCT graduate exit survey confirmed that 42% of UCT graduates have employment certainty on the day they graduate.

But, as many recent student-led movements have highlighted, Education in democratic South Africa has been slow to change, and it is now far more widely recognised that becoming a student, being a student and successfully graduating requires considerable awareness and support.

With the benefit of 50 years’ experience of providing relevant, effective career development-related services to prospective, current and past UCT students, the Careers Service recognises and continues to evolve its vital role in addressing youth employment in South Africa and beyond.

Our core mandate is to assist UCT students to acquire a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that make them more likely to be satisfied with and be successful in whatever context they find themselves in. On either end of this mandate ‘value chain’ are related services: to learners seeking to identify future career pathways and to graduates navigating the rapidly evolving world of work.

Navigate our website for diverse information relevant to a range of stakeholder interests or pop in at our offices located in the Hoerikwaggo Building, North Lane, Upper Campus on weekdays between 08h30 and 16h30.

Congratulations on taking this important early step in your career journey!

Brenda Martin
Director: UCT Careers

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The Careers Service’s direct reporting line is within the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) which is a cohesive, cross faculty structure working in partnership with all six UCT Faculties. The Dean of CHED reports directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible for teaching and learning at UCT which is important for us to achieve our vision of enabling careers education, information, advice and guidance embedded within the curriculum in faculties.

Meet the team

Careers Operations Assistant

Fuad Abrahams


Careers Advisor | Mastercard Foundation
Scholars Program

Jean Alfeld


PCS Careers Advisory

Aleya Banwari

Career Development Advisor

Megan Blacker


Head: Graduate Employment 

Nawaal Boolay



Kaluba Chikonde

GE Assistant 

Deswin Frans


Careers Administrative Assistant

Monica Ggoji


Head: Digital Development and

Germaine Grammer

UCT Plus Programme Manager 

Liza Hitge


Graduate Recruitment Coordinator

Hishamodien Hoosain


Graduate Recruitment Coordinator

Stephanie Idas

Communications Manager

Natalie Kammies



Brenda Martin


Careers Advisor

Athi Matinise

PCS Graduate Recruitment

Jolie Mauridi


PCS Digital Development & Engagement

Chandra Mophethe


Career Development Advisor

Azola Ralo

Nisha Sibeko

PCS Operations

Nisha Sibeko


Head: Careers Advisory

Ingrid Van der Merwe


Head: Operations

Nadia Waggie