South Africa: Cape Town
May/June 2021 (3 weeks) (Dates to be confirmed)
This is the sixth year of the University of Toronto's summer program in South Africa. 2021 will be the first year that the program happens virtually. This program provides a unique opportunity for students in Commerce, Engineering, or Social Science disciplines to gain first-hand experience in the consulting field in an emerging market. Participants will also learn about the business challenges and opportunities at the base of the economic pyramid.
This program will be run in partnership with Reciprocity, a South-African-based consultancy. Reciprocity's "Inclusive Consulting" program aims to provide students with business knowledge and field experience in emerging markets. Through a consulting mission with a township entrepreneur, students, organized in small teams, will gain a better understanding of doing business in low-income communities and the entrepreneurs will benefit from the business knowledge of the students.
About Cape Town, South Africa!
- South Africa, with more than 58 million people, is the world's 24th most populous nation. Considered to be a newly industrialized country, its economy is the second largest in Africa. South Africa is a multi-ethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution's recognition of 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world.
- Cape Town is the second-largest city in South Africa and the legislative capital of the country. It is renown for its historic harbour, beautiful natural setting and nearby wineries, as well as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town was named the World Design Capital in 2014 as well as the "best place in the world to visit" by The New York Times.
Students will participate in seminars and lectures before beginning a consulting mission with a micro-entrepreneur in the townships of Cape Town. Excursions in Cape Town include visits to the historic city centre and District Six Museum, Table Mountain and Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) and a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. To conclude the program, students will review the personal impact of the learning journey on their understanding of, and appreciation for, working in the bottom of the pyramid.