Dee Ferrandi matriculated from Diocesan College (Founders House) in 2011 with 8 subject distinctions, having been the leading student in his final year at school. He was awarded subject prizes in matric for Economics, History, Physics and Life Orientation. Dee studied a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics, Statistics, and Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. He was the University’s leading economics undergraduate student for the duration of his B.Com degree, and graduated top of the B.Com class of 2014. He was awarded his degree with distinction and with subject distinctions for each of his majors upon graduating in 2014. He is currently reading for the B.Com (Hons) in Economics. At UCT, he has been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, a National Research Foundation Scholarship, and the David Pitman Scholarship, all for excellent academic performance.


At university, he was a Head Tutor in the School of Economics, teaching undergraduate economics and managing the tutorial system of four large undergraduate economics courses. In 2013 and 2014, Dee was a consultant at Siyaya, a student-run organization that assists unemployed Khayelitsha residents in starting up their own businesses. Between July and December 2014 he was a participant in the Global Citizenship Forum, where he debated issues of social justice, service and responsibility. He has tutored mathematics for SHAWCO (2012) and Golden Future (2015), both of which offer tutoring to learners from underprivileged educational backgrounds.

Dee plans to go up to Oxford to further his deep interest in the economic challenges facing his country. For this reason Dee has chosen to study for the one-year MSc in Economics for Development, followed by the one-year MSc in African Studies. The knowledge and skills from this degree will equip him to interact with development challenges and problems, and at the same time enable him to provide clear leadership in a changing African environment. He sees a future academic career in research and teaching, in the field he is qualifying himself in, as well as in public service in his country.  He enjoys active participation in sport, playing golf to an eleven handicap. To date he has completed three half marathons and plans to continue these.


The Diocesan College Rhodes Scholarship Committee,


21 October 2015