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.
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.
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.
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.