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Department of Geology

Welcome to the Department of Geology

INVITATION: ALUMNI FUNCTION AND WELCOMING OF NEW HEAD OF DEPARTMENT


Welcome to the home of Bushveld Geology (for information on a digital 1:50 000-scale Bushveld geology map, click here), Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Geodynamics and Natural Hazards research in South Africa.  Essentially everything of geological consequence north of the Jukskei River belongs to us.

The Department of Geology at the University of Pretoria teaches two major undergraduate and honours study programmes, in (1) Geology and (2) Environmental and Engineering Geology (encompassing also Hydrogeology at honours level).  Present postgraduate students and projects are listed under Postgraduate Research.

Internationally-recognised research remains a fundamental activity of all staff and postgraduate students.  Our students (see also the webpage of the Geological Society of the University of Pretoria) at all levels are trained to be able to join the global community of professional geoscientists and to contribute to the search and utilisation of Earth’s minerals and commodities to the benefit of society, and to enhance the relationship between Man and the Environment. 

The University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa, opens up a large range of multi-disciplinary research within the Faculty and entire University, particularly in seismic hazard studies, mine seismic research, meteorology and the actuarial and insurance sciences.  Combined with our Analytical Facility and the LC de Villiers Geology Museum, we excel at everything geological.

We wish to thank Kumba Iron Ore, Exxaro, METF, Aon Benfield, BHP Billiton, Water Research Commission, Dr. Roelof van der Merwe, Prof MCJ de Wit and Dr Tom Molyneux for their continuous support of our department. The significant support provided by the Minerals Education Trust Fund (METF) makes a very important contribution towards fostering excellent teaching and research activities within the Department. In 2009, BHP Billiton donated analytical equipment to a value in excess of R3 million to this department. The new Kumba-Exxaro Chair in Geodynamics was launched in 2009.  We also thank Mr Andy Clay and Venmyn for the annual short course in Mineral Reporting, provided to both geological public and the Honours class.

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Kovsie First Year Moot Court Competition - TuksLaw triumphs (again)! - 20/10/2014
The University of Pretoria TuksLaw teams proved again that they are indeed the cream of the crop at the 10th Annual First Year Kovsie Moot Court Competition which was hosted by the University of the Free State from 2 to 6 October 2014.
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Launch of photographic exhibition at University of Pretoria celebrates Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa - 20/10/2014
Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP) was joined by the Minister of Women in The Presidency, Susan Shabangu , and the Acting High Commissioner of Australia, Chris Munn at the launch of a new photographic exhibition titled Celebrating 20 years of democracy: Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa.
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Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change - 20/10/2014
Limpopo Province produces 66% of the total annual tonnage of tomatoes grown in South Africa. The province is also deemed particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, partly because it is exposed to extreme weather events. A new study demonstrates the extent to which current climate change scenarios are likely to impact tomato production and proposes possible methods for farmers to mitigate the impact.
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Walking the tightrope - 20/10/2014
Twenty first century organisations can be as large and powerful as countries, yet the communication and knowledge revolution has shrunk the planet and its people into a global village. These extremes of size and a shifting environment force organisations to walk a tightrope balancing people, planet and profit.
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UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.
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Department of Chemistry academic wins prize - 16/10/2014
Dr Patricia Forbes was awarded the prize for the Best Scientific Paper at the recent National Association for Clean Air Conference held in Umhlanga on 9 and 10 October.
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Professor Maxi Schoeman explores human security issues at Sweden’s Uppsala University - 16/10/2014
Professor Maxi Schoeman, head of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, is currently the eleventh incumbent of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden, where she has been offered a calm environment in which to pursue her research on human security issues for a period of three months.
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