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July / August 2011                                                              Lees Afrikaanse weergawe

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UP supports Mandela Day in Mamelodi

The University of Pretoria and the community of Mamelodi in Pretoria celebrated Mandela Day by hosting a 67-minute clean-up in the area surrounding the University’s Mamelodi Campus. The main objective of the event was to increase awareness of environmental conservation and waste recycling in the community of Mamelodi. >Read more... 



 News headlines

TuksAlumni takes a bite of the Big Apple 

Alumni of the University of Pretoria who live in the United States got the chance to get together in New York on 21 June this year. Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, addressed them in the Wilder Room at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.       >Read more...

UP joins the rhino war

The fight against rhino poaching has escalated to a war. On 22 June, the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) of the University of Pretoria presented 1 000 rhino DNA sampling kits to South African National Parks (SANParks) in an attempt to win this war and save South Africa’s rhinos from extinction.   >Read more... 

Exceptional achievers honoured

UP recently presented its annual Academic Achiever Award function to honour its academic achievers and researchers and recognise their commitment to quality education and research. The awards were presented to more than 60 researchers in four categories: the Chancellor's Award in the category research, Exceptional Academic Achievers, Exceptional Young Researchers and the NRF-rated Researchers.        >Read more...  

Vet Science gives Maximus a second life   

The Faculty of Veterinary Science recently gave Maximus, the stray dog, a new lease on life with reconstructive surgery. Maximus, a German shepherd breed, and his brother Titus were taken to the SPCA by Mr Werner Appel on 23 April this year. Maximus had lost his snout and upper jaw, and a scan done by Dr Gerhard Steenkamp of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) indicated that it happened in a violent way.        >Read more... 

 Other news

UP staff achievements

Several academic staff members of the University have recently received or been nominated for prestigious awards. Read about the achievements of Prof Jolanda Roux, Prof Thokozani Majozi, prof John Skinner and Prof Nick Binedell. Several UP academics were also among the finalists of the NSTF BHP Billiton Awards.     >Read more...   


Open Day provides answers 

The University held its annual Open Day on Saturday, 21 May 2011. This event gave prospective students the opportunity to visit UP’s Hatfield Campus, as well as some of its satellite campuses, to see what the University has to offer academically, as well as on the social front.      >Read more...   

A new rain shelter for tea research in southern Africa 

An agreement between LHL(N) Consulting Engineers and UP to start the tender process for the construction and commissioning of a new rain shelter in Malawi was signed on 20 April this year.
Rain shelters are mobile sheds that can be moved over experimental plots to control rainfall on plants and create on-demand droughts for research.   >Read more...  

Tuks students shine in sport overseas

TuksRugby’s ladies’ sevens rugby team won the international sevens tournament in Réunion and Erin Burger was selected player of the tournament at the Netball World Cup in Singapore.

>Tuks' ladies' rugby team 
 >Read more... 
>Erin Burger is the world's best netball player      >Read more... 

SADC university promotes academic mobility

The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), in partnership with UP, hosted a leadership dialogue on the UP Campus. More than 30 vice-chancellors and senior university leaders from universities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in May 2011.     >Read more...  


News from the TuksAlumni Office

In June, former students touched base with fellow alumni at a business breakfast at GIBS, the University’s business school, and also attended an alumni function in Roodepoort and a house concert at Kya Rosa with the gifted clarinet player Junnan Sun. The alumni clubs also presented various interesting events over the last few months.     >Read more...   

>TuksAlumni Calendar    >Read more...   


AlumNews and profiles

Welcome to AlumNews, a regular item in the e-newsletter in which you can read all about the latest achievements of fellow alumni as reflected in the press. In this edition, you can also read more about Ruann van der Westhuizen's achievement.   >Read more...  

>Alumnus Ruann van der Westhuizen receives award    >Read more...  

Notices / Information 

Alumni networking function in London

The University of Pretoria is planning to host an alumni networking function in London on 20 October 2011. We need your help to have as many as possible alumni present. Please ask your alumni family and friends who are living in the United Kingdom to update their contact information at in order to receive an official invitation to the event.  

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