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Department of Geology

Welcome to the Department of Geology

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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Honorary Professor, Sospeter Muhongo
, has been awarded the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government. 

 

News

Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
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Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu attends doctoral defence of first degree conferred jointly by UP and the Free University of Amsterdam - 22/04/2014
In celebration of the first degree conferred jointly by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Free University of Amsterdam (VU), Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu attended the PhD defence of Jacob Meiring, a graduate from UP’s Faculty of Theology, at the VU in Amsterdam on 9 April 2014.
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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa’s ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy empowers students at the University of Pretoria - 22/04/2014
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa joined forces with the Department of Business Management to invest in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency through their ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy. This investment is aimed at empowering ten BCom (Business Management) e-business students who presented highly innovative and creative social media initiatives with bursaries and internships for the next academic year at the University of Pretoria, thereby producing world-class graduates.
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UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
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First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
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The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
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UP ideally positioned to make a contribution - 17/04/2014
African universities have a major role to play in contributing to the continent’s transformation, and the University of Pretoria (UP) is ideally positioned to make such a contribution.
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